Freshman Honors Colloquium (018)

Instructor: Charlene Schauffler
Meets: MWF 11:00-11:50

Social Roles and Human Rights

In the first semester, students in this section will explore variations in gender roles from multiple cultures and time periods while searching for the “truth” about male and female roles in modern society and what they mean for true equality in both American and global culture.  In the second semester, we will examine global human rights issues that arise from these gender roles as well as human rights issues in general.  Students will be required to read and research extensively.  We will examine literary texts, historical information, and contemporary texts illustrating current events.  Some classes will be dedicated to writing instruction, but most will be based on discussion of the texts, themes, and cultural examination that make up the basis of the course.  Students will participate in both individual and group activities such as debates, critiques, and presentations, including an opportunity to choose a topic related to the course theme and teach for part of a class period, and a group project that allows students the opportunity to recommend a text, literary or otherwise, for the course (students’ selections will be read in the spring semester).

Through examination  of these texts and through class discussion and writing assignments, including response journals, peer review, writing and revision of papers of varying lengths, research projects, and multi-modal projects, we will work on critical reading, thinking, and writing skills.  

Texts may include, but are not limited to:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran
  • The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Fight Club
  • Infidel
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns