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Syllabi, handouts, and related materials created by Grinnell College faculty for courses at Grinnell.

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Kaiser, Daniel H., 1945-
Is freedom the "natural" condition of humankind, as some theorists maintain, or are humans subject to forces over which they can exercise little control? Indeed, do humans covet freedom at all, or do they, as Dostoevsky has the Grand Inquisitor say, prefer to abandon their freedom in favor of happiness? From numerous perspectives, both classical and modern, this tutorial will examine freedom and itslimitations. We will consider how dystopian fiction, religious discipline, slave narratives, Nazi culture, neuroscience, and molecular biology, among others, contribute to our understandings of freedom and its boundaries, and what these understandings mean for a liberally educated person.

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Lalonde, Gerald V.
Throughout the semester we will explore the meaning, philosophy, and psychology of the comic as we see it in Aristophanes and elsewhere - what makes something funny. Is all humor contextual or are some of its elements intrinsic or universal? What did the famous actor mean with his last words,

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McClelland, Kent A.
This Tutorial will take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding some of the issues and controversies that surround childbearing and childrearing. At the same time, the Tutorial will help students to develop the skills and capacities needed for a successful college career.

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Meehan, Johanna.
All human beings tell stories, indeed some researchers argue that a narrative capacity is a critical and unique feature of human cognition. The great political philosopher, Hannah Arendt, claims that we tell stories because we need them to understand the intentions of human actors, and without them we cannot make sense of human speech and action. Stories not only help us to make sense of actions, they also motivate them.

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Mutti, John "Jack" H.; Peterson, Stephanie; Peterson, Stephanie
This poster describes the design of an assigment to build timelines using Google sheets and Http://timeline.verite.co

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Pillado, Margarita.
This tutorial focuses on the literary and film representations of detectives and the generic conventions within which those characters operate. First, we will examine the conventions of detective fiction established by E.A. Poe and refined by the English tradition. Then we will examine the American hardboiled conventions in literature and film. Finally, we will concentrate on works that challenge, reshape, or parody such conventions.

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Purcell, Sarah J.
In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attack in the United States, many people have proposed memorials to mark the site of the tragedy, especially at the World Trade Center. Why does the American public feel the need to commemorate sacrifice, and why is there a debate over the proper form of public memory? This tutorial will explore these questions and will put the current debate in the context of a long tradition of public memorials in America.

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Purcell, Sarah J.
In the post-September 11 United States, public memory has taken on heightened social importance. Plans for several September 11 memorials are well under way, and the public recollection and commemoration of the events of September 11 have taken on a large role in American political discourse. Why does the American public feel the need to commemorate sacrifice, and why is there a debate over the proper form of public memory?

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Rommereim, John C.
The goals of this course are: 1) to develop your skills in the areas of critical thinking, writing, and oral communication. 2) to integrate you fully into the college environment by providing you with advice regarding your course of study and other necessary assistance. Although the subject matter is expansive and interesting in its own right, we should remember that the readings are not an end to themselves, but are intended to be a springboard to facilitate the development of your skills. We will consider the impact of Darwin's thought in four areas: 1) the relationship between science and religion, 2) the question of design in nature, 3) current scientific understanding of the origin of life on earth (and related questions regarding extra-terrestrial life), and 4) application of Darwin's ideas to questions regarding human nature.

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Roper, Jackson Montgomery, 1969-
This tutorial explores why the world's tropical forests are disappearing focusing on Latin America and the Amazon Basin.

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Russell, Ralph Anthony.
The first year tutorial, taken in the fall semester, is Grinnell College's only general academic course requirement. The college intends the tutorial to assist students in further developing their critical thinking skills and in improving their written and oral communication skills. Each of the tutorials offered in a given fall semester is based around a particular subject matter, which provides the vehicle by which the above goals are accomplished. Soundtracks and scores explores the use of music in conveying emotion in films.

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Schneider, Mark B.
Curricular materials for Physics 295, Computational Physics, offered in Spring, 1998 by Prof. Mark Schneider at Grinnell College

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Schneider, Mark B.
Summary of online courses and pilot projects which Grinnell College has participated in.

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Silva, J. Pablo.
The first year tutorial, taken in the fall semester, is Grinnell College's only general academic course requirement. The college intends the tutorial to assist students in further developing their critical thinking skills and in improving their written and oral communication skills. Each of the tutorials offered in a given fall semester is based around a particular subject matter, which provides the vehicle by which the above goals are accomplished. The United States is frequently described as a middle-class society and we hear the description so often that we assume we know what it means. This course will explore the myth of the middle class.

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Simpson, Erik, 1972-
The first year tutorial, taken in the fall semester, is Grinnell College's only general academic course requirement. The college intends the tutorial to assist students in further developing their critical thinking skills and in improving their written and oral communication skills. Each of the tutorials offered in a given fall semester is based around a particular subject matter, which provides the vehicle by which the above goals are accomplished. Fairy tales and horror stories are used to learn about literary analysis.

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Simpson, Erik, 1972-
The first year tutorial, taken in the fall semester, is Grinnell College's only general academic course requirement. The college intends the tutorial to assist students in further developing their critical thinking skills and in improving their written and oral communication skills. Each of the tutorials offered in a given fall semester is based around a particular subject matter, which provides the vehicle by which the above goals are accomplished. Explores literary analysis through fairy tales and Gothic fiction

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Sinnett, Laura M.
The first year tutorial, taken in the fall semester, is Grinnell College's only general academic course requirement. The college intends the tutorial to assist students in further developing their critical thinking skills and in improving their written and oral communication skills. Each of the tutorials offered in a given fall semester is based around a particular subject matter, which provides the vehicle by which the above goals are accomplished. Explores how cognition informs emotion and how emotion affects cognition.

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Skerrett, Kathleen Roberts.
The first year tutorial, taken in the fall semester, is Grinnell College's only general academic course requirement. The college intends the tutorial to assist students in further developing their critical thinking skills and in improving their written and oral communication skills. Each of the tutorials offered in a given fall semester is based around a particular subject matter, which provides the vehicle by which the above goals are accomplished. Explores "love" in Western culture.

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Smith, Paula Vene, 1960-
The first year tutorial, taken in the fall semester, is Grinnell College's only general academic course requirement. The college intends the tutorial to assist students in further developing their critical thinking skills and in improving their written and oral communication skills. Each of the tutorials offered in a given fall semester is based around a particular subject matter, which provides the vehicle by which the above goals are accomplished. Uses ancient Greek texts to introduce students to college level reading, writing, and oral skills.

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Sortor, Marci.
The first year tutorial, taken in the fall semester, is Grinnell College's only general academic course requirement. The college intends the tutorial to assist students in further developing their critical thinking skills and in improving their written and oral communication skills. Each of the tutorials offered in a given fall semester is based around a particular subject matter, which provides the vehicle by which the above goals are accomplished. Considers the rebirth of arts, politics and culture in Florence known as the renaissance.

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