• Studying the Arts

    Two instinctual forces compel the behavior of all life forms: all life seeks to survive; all life seeks to reproduce, to perpetuate its survival in offspring. Human life is apparently host to a third driving force, the need to extend its boundaries of perception through meaningful aesthetic expression, what we have come to call art.

    Art defies the borders of human experience. It integrates, elevates, contemplates, reflects, inspects, orders, and destroys. Art is the extension of human experience. It emerges from our need to create, define and refine the connection between our inside and our outside, between inner experience and outer design. With art we are like Narcissus, studying our own reflections.

    This course is an experiential, intellectual and emotional journey into the gift of art. It asks you to examine the arts from as many points of view as possible. It asks you to investigate the artist and his or her work and to take into account all the available relevant information: biographical data, knowledge of the historical situation, the social context, the philosophical and esthetic premises of the time and of the artist, the working methods, the perceived purpose of the work and the very nature of creativity and imagination.

  • Everyone is coming to you from the end of a long story.

  • The purpose of this course is to duplicate the traditional classroom course introducing Psychology to newcomers, using a variety of new media, together with a local peer small group, laboratory and field experience, apprenticeships and tutor, mentor, coach and consultant support

    • The objectives of the course
    • Unique issues in beginning to learn about Psychology
    • New media/old methods and the unique issues
    • The course: web sites, the moo site, e-mail, file transfer and searching
    • Evaluation and Risk

    The objectives of the course

    1. Master an optimal set of concepts, hypotheses and methods from Psychology
    2. Reference this framework to the total course as, itself, cultural, social and personal systems--we are a laboratory exhibiting what we are talking about
    3. Demonstrate the usefulness of the theory and the experience to the rest of everyday life
  • The purpose of this course is to duplicate the traditional classroom course introducing Sociology to newcomers, using a variety of new media, together with a local peer small group, laboratory and field experience, apprenticeships and tutor, mentor, coach and consultant support

    • The objectives of the course
    • Unique issues in beginning to learn about Sociology
    • New media/old methods and the unique issues
    • The course: web sites, the moo site, e-mail, file transfer and searching
    • Evaluation and Risk

    The objectives of the course

    1. Master an optimal set of concepts, hypotheses and methods from Sociology
    2. Reference this framework to the total course as, itself, cultural, social and personal systems--we are a laboratory exhibiting what we are talking about
    3. Demonstrate the usefulness of the theory and the experience to the rest of everyday life
  • The natural scientist aims to describe the physical world as accurately as possible. One can say that their successful search for truth corresponds to the accuracy with which they describe interactions and interrelationships. In one sense the accomplished natural scientist is similar to the Buddhist monk who sees the truth as eating a bowl of rice, sitting near a still pond, walking in a garden, or doing philosophy with friends.
  • The first ten questions for weekly attention: research, editing, dialogue, and producing evidence of understanding and participation.

  • Second set of topic questions for focus.

  • Third set of topics

  • Fourth set of topics

  • Fifth set of topics