Over the course of this semester, I will be giving you themes to work with as a class. Each week, I will post what theme we’re tackling and a few reading pieces to explore before we have our classroom discussion.
As noted on your syllabus, these are the thematic discussions we’ll be exploring together:
Seriousness / Language / Wisdom / Love / Virtue / Death / Innocence / Sexuality / Equality / Authority / Unity
Each week, I will remind you about the theme we will explore together. For example, this week, we will be exploring seriousness. Your job is to explore what this word means and how it is applied to the world as a whole. Our discussions will last about 30 minutes. You are to bring a piece of art, a poem, a short story or another creative piece that reflects what the thematic word means. You will then share it with the class and the class will respond to your piece in a respectful and critical manner.
The end result of all these discussions will be for you and three other classmates to take one of the themes we’ve explored and do a 30 (+/-) minute interactive discussion at the end of the semester to the class about your chosen theme. This presentation will be a larger mark, so try your best. I will give you an outline / rubric about three weeks prior to the presentations.