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Spring 2018 Course List
Generally speaking each course at Marlboro College requires a minimum number of contact hours with teaching faculty based on the credits to be earned. Usually 50 minutes or more of weekly contact time per credit earned is required. Contact time is provided through formal in-class instruction as well as other instructional activities facilitated by the teaching faculty member.
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Courses marked with hearing are Writing Seminar Courses.
Courses marked with public meet Marlboro's Global Perspective criteria.
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Great Britain's incarceration rate is quite high by world standards: 142 of every 100,000 Britons are currently in jail. That number in China is 118 per 100,00, in France 91, in Japan 58, and in Nigeria 31. The U.S. currently imprisons almost 800 of every 100,000 citizens. In other words, one out of every 135 Americans is currently serving time in jail or prison. Nearly half of the resulting U.S. prison population -- which now numbers almost 2.5 million -- is African American, while African Americans make up only 12% of the U.S. population. And according to a United Nations study, in all the prisons in the world outside the U.S., there are currently 12 minors serving life sentences. In U.S. prisons today there are more than 2,000. In this seminar we will examine the reality of crime and punishment in the United States. We will begin by studying cases, to build a sense of the principles and practices behind criminal law and criminal sentencing. Then we will move to the deeper level: we will examine the reasoning for and against the death penalty as decisions on death penalty cases. We will then examine the criminal justice system itself, asking a simple question: How did the U.S. find itself with the highest incarceration rate in the world? How are we to judge the costs and benefits of American crime and punishment? As in any writing seminar, we will write about all of it: expect at least three major papers, culminating in a research paper of your own design, and weekly shorter writing assignments. Discussions of the text will alternate with work on writing: conferences, writing workshops and discussions of style and structure. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
- Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
- Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan wrote that “Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else,” while Benjamin Franklin maintained that “It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.” In this writing seminar, students will examine cultural discourse surrounding “work” understood as purposeful activity, as source of income, or as burden. We will examine a range of debates involving labor policy, workplace culture, productivity research, and emotional and domestic labor. In addition to analyzing depictions of work in literature and film, students will evaluate the rhetoric of “pursuing your passion” in career guides like What Color is Your Parachute? and interrogate the relationship between social class and labor value in Mike Rose’s The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker. In addition, we will ask how our cultural understanding of work shapes contemporary education policy and speculate on the future of work in the US in an era of increasing automation and outsourcing. We will also investigate the opposites of work (play? rest? leisure?) and consider the voices of those (children, the elderly, the homeless, the disabled, the imprisoned) who by choice or circumstances live outside of paid work. Assignments will include personal essay, research-based argument, and persuasive Op-Ed, and will ask students to think deeply about audience and rhetorical effectiveness. Through frequent writing, ample feedback via workshops and conferences, and opportunities for revision and reflection, this course offers students a chance to hone research and writing skills useful for work across the humanities and social sciences.
- Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42
- Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42