Fall 2023 DWC 201

Early Registration is on April 3rd, 2023

If you have a compelling reason (accommodations, unavoidable scheduling conflict, medical) for switching your DWC section after the early registration date, please fill out the linked form.  Your request will not be considered unless you have submitted the form.  Once you’ve submitted the form, you will hear either Mrs. Pam Belcher or Dr. Jennifer Illuzzi about your request. Thank you!

DWC 201 001
L: TR 1:30 P.M. – 2:20 P.M.; S01-03: M 12:30 P.M. – 2:20 P.M.; S04-06: M 2:30 P.M. – 4:20 P.M.
Jennifer Illuzzi Alison Espach, Holly Coolman

This course takes a multi-disciplinary approach to examining some aspects of the  intellectual, cultural, artistic, theological and political history of “Western Civilization”, starting in the late 18th century and going up to the present-day.  In particular, we intend to examine works that address the civil rights movement in the U.S., imperialism, the evolution of the Roman Catholic Church in the 1960s,  experimentation in literature from the romantic period to the postmodern, and democratic movements and their critics, particularly those of Marxists and feminists. 

We shall examine these issues and works through the lenses of four essential questions: what is the story our author is trying to tell, and how and why are they telling it; how does our author define the terms of freedom and/or liberation; how do individuals and societies relate to one another; and in which ways do you think theology has influenced the text we are reading?  By relying on these questions and using writing assignments that help you identify and develop arguments, we hope to foster analytical and critical thinking skills in each of you while helping you attain an understanding of the works we study. This course is focused on process:  how can we find time to think about what matters to us, and to do so critically and fruitfully. 

DWC 201 002
L: TR 2:30 P.M. – 3:20 P.M.; S07-09: M 2:30 P.M. – 4:20 P.M.; S10-12: M 4:30 P.M. – 6:20 P.M.
Jeffery Nicholas, Jeffrey Johnson, David Orique O.P.

Description: TBA

DWC 201 003
L: TR 9:30 A.M. – 10:20 A.M.; S13-15: M 8:30 A.M. – 10:20 A.M.; S16-18: M 12:30 P.M. – 2:20 P.M.
Alexander Moffett, Francesca Silano, TBD

Description: TBA

DWC 201 004
L: MT 11:30 P.M. – 12:20 P.M.; S19-21: R 8:30 A.M. – 10:20 A.M.; S22-24: R 10:30 A.M. – 12:20 P.M.
Amy Foley, Elizabeth Jacob, Emann Allebban

Description: TBA

DWC 201 005
L: MT 9:30 A.M. – 10:20 A.M.; S25-27: R 8:30 A.M. – 10:20 A.M.; S28-30: R 12:30 P.M. – 2:20 P.M.
Joseph Cammarano, Peter Costello, Fr. John Allard

Description: TBA

DWC 201 006
L: MT 10:30 A.M. – 11:20 A.M.; S31-33: R 10:30 A.M. – 12:20 P.M.; S34-36: R 2:30 P.M. – 4:20 P.M.
Matthew Wormer, John Scanlan, Rick Barry

Description: TBA

DWC 201 007
L: MF 11:30 A.M. – 12:20 P.M.; S37-39: W 8:30 A.M. – 10:20 A.M.; S40-42: W 10:30 A.M. – 12:20 P.M.
Sam Murray, Terence McGoldrick, Alexander Orquiza

Description: TBA

DWC 201 008
L: MF 12:30 P.M. – 1:20 P.M.; S43-45: W 10:30 A.M. – 12:20 P.M.; S46-48: W 12:30 P.M. – 2:20 P.M.

Colin Jaundrill, Bruno Shah, William Hogan

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery,” Bob Marley sang in 1980. In “Redemption Song,” the Jamaican reggae artist brings to mind the modern era’s various forms of captivity and coercion. We may think of emancipation as a way of escaping colonialism, slavery, or other forms of social domination. We may also worry about death, the prevalence of war and nuclear threats, or where so-called “progress” is really headed. But then we’re challenged: the only place any of us can always—and must—be free is through our spirit, which requires our active thinking. What does freedom mean? How is freedom found? Am I really free? Are we even supposed to be free?! Our DWC 201 course focuses on select political/social, theological, and economic problems and hopes for freedom through reading and discussing modern works in the humanities (from the late 18th through the 20th centuries). “Won’t you help to sing these songs of freedom? ‘Cause all [we] ever have… Redemption songs!”

DWC 201 009
L: MF 1:30 P.M. – 2:20 P.M.; S49-51: T 12:30 P.M. – 2:20 P.M.; S52-54: W 12:30 P.M. – 2:20 P.M.
William Bonney, Margaret Reid, Guolin Yi

Our team proceeds through a traditional historical survey, moving from the age of the French Revolution through the turn to the 21st century, with a mix of textbook and primary source readings in History. We place the West in a global context and compare it with other parts of the world, particularly East Asia. Our Theological texts are primary texts that include substantial attention to the tradition of social justice through faith, with attention to feminist, environmentalist, and Civil Rights movements, as well as to the roles of the Catholic Church and Christianity more broadly through the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.  For Literature as well as Philosophy, we read full length texts from a variety of perspectives, often challenging the historical and political movements of the age; featured authors include Mary Shelley, Albert Camus, and Chinua Achebe, among many others. Our course concludes with texts that help us reflect on the ideas of progress and of “western civilization,” and we hope our students will join us these active reflections. 

DWC 201 010
L: WF 9:30 A.M. – 10:20 A.M.; S55-57: M 12:30 P.M. – 2:20 P.M.; S58-60: T 12:30 P.M. – 2:20 P.M.
Iain Bernhoft, James Keating, Patrick MacFarlane

Description: TBA