Art History 210: From the Beginning to Michelangelo - Dr. Carol Eckert
In Art History 210 participants will take a journey from the beginnings of art-making through some of the greatest civilizations' art and architecture. Students will be introduced to the artistic traditions of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas up to the year 1600. We will see spectacular sights from the vivid animals painted on prehistoric cave wall to the likes of Michelangelo's paintings on the Sistine Ceiling. Along the way will be interspersed learning activities and discussions for students to explore their own creative range in both written and visual form.
English 111: Composition - "Sharing Our Stories: Family, Community, and Creativity" - Mrs. Anna Clark
Welcome to the community of writers in English 111 at UT Martin! Governor's School scholars in this section of English Composition will embark on a reading and writing adventure to remember. With a primary focus on creative non-fiction (Eudora Welty's One Writer's Beginnings) and fiction from the South (William Faulkner's novel The Sound and the Fury, Fred Chappell's masterpiece of magic realism I Am One of You Forever, and Kaye Gibbons' moving novel Ellen Foster, this section of English 111 offers students a rich weave of writing, discussion, film, and independent research. Students will read stories, hear stories, and share their own stories through personal and analytical essays. (Note: Prior to our study of The Sound and the Fury, students will also have the opportunity to study Shakespeare's great tragedy Macbeth.) Writing will be a part of each class period. By focusing on literary works that all deal in some way with the complications that arise within families, students will be able to build rich conversations about a topic that concerns us all.
Philosophy 120: Adventure of Ideas - Dr. Chris Brown
This introductory course in philosophy will address questions in metaphysics, to use Aristotle's famous phrase, the science of being qua being, and epistemology, the science of the nature of knowledge itself. We will, for example, be entertaining the following sorts of questions: how does knowledge differ from opinion? Is language itself a form of technology? Do we control our technology today or does it control us? Does a good explanation of some phenomenon have to be a scientific explanation? What does someone mean when they say, 'humans have free will'? Is the belief that humans have free will logically compatible with scientific explanations of the world? How should we characterize the relationship between the human mind and the brain? Is human being qualitatively or merely quantitatively different from animal being? Join us on a thinking person's summer vacation as we explore answers, and arguments in defense of such answers, to these questions among others.
History 202: U.S. History: Reconstruction to Present - Dr. David Coffey
This course is a survey of U.S. history from the end of Reconstruction to the present. It covers the major themes, including Populism, Progressivism, the World Wars, the Depression and New Deal, the Cold War, the Vietnam Era and the Civil Rights Movement, as well as trends of the period, their causes and effects and the personalities involved. This survey will present political, social, cultural, military, economic, religious, intellectual and geographical aspects of this period in U.S. history
Music 112: Music in Our Time - Dr. Julie Hill
Worlds of Music is an exploration of living music from around the world and the colorful and complex cultures that bring this music to life. The course is designed for students who embrace cultural diversity and seek an increase in global ethnic awareness. Countries include Japan, Iraq, Brazil, Mexico, Trinidad, India, China and Java, as well as other regions across the world. Topics include ideas about music, the social organization of music, the variety of musical sound, performance practices and musical acculturation. This course is taught from an experiential perspective and includes a "hands-on" performance component to each style. The class will present a world music concert for all the Governor's School participants at the conclusion of the course.
Political Science 210: American Government & Politics - Dr. Chris Baxter
UTM's typical POSC 210 course focuses on the structure of the American political system, with an emphasis on the following topics: the development of the American Constitution; our system of federalism and how the national and state governments divide and compete for power; and the struggles between competing political parties, candidates, and interest groups for their share of power in the political system. For GSH 2012, the theme will be "A Government of Laws, or Men? - The Role of the Individual in American Constitutionalism." We will examine the usual 210 topics with an added emphasis on the following theme: The U.S. Constitution is said to be based on a series of principles that reaffirm the equality, intellect, and worth of the common man. But are the all-too-human men and women who make our American political community up to the task of providing "government of the people [and] by the people? Are the average men and women who comprise our juries effective truth-seekers, or can they be misled by lawyers' persuasive rhetoric and witness' imperfect memories? Can justice truly be blind when judges in some states take millions in campaign contributions from interest groups? Do American voters truly live up to their responsibility to be informed voters, or are their votes determined by sophisticated media campaigns? We will explore the ethical problems that arise when the pursuit of democratic ideals collides with the realities of human nature.