do we know about the world, and how accurate is what we think we know? Nearly
everything we learn about international affairs, particularly international
politics, comes to us through some kind of media filter. Not surprisingly,
these media have a profound influence on our perceptions of the rest of the
and story reading are fundamental human activities and make up the backbone of
this course. Using various media including print, film, radio, and electronic,
we will explore questions such as: How do we organize our experiences into
stories? How can learning about the choices that go into creating a story help
us as readers, writers, and performers? To what extent does language shape the
content and order of stories?
This FYP approaches the issue of U.S. race relations
through the prism of African/American music and history. We will explore the
ways in which music has tended to draw African-Americans and whites together
and how it has, at other times, been manipulated to reinforce separation
between the races.
Linguist George Lakoff and philosopher Mark Johnson assert that the physical experiences of our bodies generate the metaphors we use to describe how we think. For example, we grasp an idea. Bodily metaphors also convey what we do or don't value. In times of happiness, we say our spirits are lifted and things are looking up. On the verge of a new experience, we take the plunge. If we agree with this claim about the body metaphor, how might the analysis of body metaphors give us insight into the values of different cultures or subcultures?
course will examine the earliest and coldest days of the Cold War, a period
extending from the end of World War II in 1945 to the signing of the Nuclear
Test Ban Treaty in 1963, through a sampling of historical texts and American movies made
during that time. Movies are often more than just mindless escapism: the
stories and texts continually recast by our culture not only entertain but also
can provide a window into who we are, and were.
This course will explore J. R. R. Tolkien’s imagined world of Middle-earth through The Lord of the Rings and other writings, while also placing Tolkien’s creative work within the context of the real world in which Tolkien lived. Through historical investigation of twentieth-century Britain and Europe, literary analysis of Tolkien’s novels, and exploration of Tolkien’s linguistic scholarship, religious beliefs, and personal life, we will gain a rich understanding of Tolkien and his work.
A friend looks at you with an expression of concern and
asks, “Are you OK?“ Your opponent on the playing field takes a moment to size
you up before a key play. Airport security asks you to please stand on the
colored markings with your hands over your head.
Stories exert a profound influence on humans by
engaging our imaginations and teaching us life lessons while entertaining
us. From economics to advertising to the inspiration to follow your
dreams, chances are, it was a piece of children’s literature that led to your
initial understanding of the concepts and themes now guiding your young adult
life. As we explore the power of story-telling, you will learn to
identify the many life lessons we first encountered as children and to consider
their importance in your current life from a variety of different perspectives
Modern guitars as tools to make music reflect a long and continuing
evolution shaped by the interaction of music, society, craft, materials and
technology. The woods from which guitars
are made, for example, might be appreciated for their beauty, measured for
their physical and acoustic properties, but also examined as a focal point of
international conflict over the survival of rare species and the exploitation
of the resources of developing nations.
Understanding contemporary design of guitar amplification requires
looking back to the antiquated technology of vac
Some of our most
potent and enduring relationships are with places and regions. We visit them,
learn to find our way through them, master their nuances, and eventually
develop powerful relationships that nurture and shape us. “Home” is a
word that resonates emotionally and intellectually.
Pablo Picasso once said, “We artists are indestructible; even in a
prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art,
even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my
cell.” How is it that in such heavy and dark times the punished or
oppressed are able to create, and what role does creative expression play in
healing and rehabilitation? In the United States we use the term
“correctional facility,” but is our criminal justice system correcting
anything? Why do we have one of the highest incarceration rates
For many of us, our first experience in the world of business is the lemonade stand at the end of the driveway and the first key decision is what to charge for a glass of lemonade. A nickel, a dime, or a dollar? The price will make or break the business -- charge too much and no one will buy your lemonade; charge too little and you will not have enough. Welcome to your first lesson in business. Or is it? Our business education starts at a much earlier age. Children’s literature is ripe with economic metaphors and references to business.
What defines a journey? Movement? Travel? If we stay in the same physical
place, do we not, nevertheless, still experience an internal journey? In all
our commonalities, we come from different places and yet have all arrived here
at St. Lawrence. You all took a journey to get here, and you are all about to
embark on the journey known as “college.” You will learn things about this
place and, more importantly, yourself. The goal is to write
the journey as you have experienced it and to immerse yourself in the journeys
you ever wondered what it would be like to own a hobby farm or a homestead or
live as part of a self-sustaining community? What is the allure of such a lifestyle?
Would you be able to do it? Recent history is full of examples of
individuals and communities that have returned “to the land” to seek the
simplicity of life in harmony with the natural world. What does this lifestyle
entail? How do these practices impact the local economies? More importantly, is
it a life worth living?
rural areas currently account for less than a fifth of America’s population,
small towns have played an outsized role in the
nation’s history, political economy, and understanding of itself, even
as they have faced existential challenges for much of the past century. In this course, we will closely examine the
histories, present circumstances, and potential futures of rural America. As a
class, we will debate whether small towns need or deserve special protections
in a world that is rapidly urbanizing.
involves influence. The modern view sees it more as a process of mobilizing a
group toward a common goal than a set of inborn traits. Throughout the course,
we will explore leadership theory and discuss how it applies to real life
situations. Topics central to leadership include self-confidence,
motivation, vision, integrity, and overcoming adversity. Clearly communicating
a message through public-speaking, prose, or modern media is essential to
Did you receive a good education? What is a “good” education (and is it
something you “receive”)? What is education for,
and for whom?How could your K-12 education have been different? This course
asks you to revisit your schooling experiences using sociological, cultural
studies, historical, and philosophical lenses, which you will develop during
the semester. We will examine the purposes, practices, and contexts of
education and the stories we tell about school.
What does it mean to
live on or near an international border, specifically one created by the
natural landscape, such as the St. Lawrence River? How do these political and
geographical borders shape the identities of people living there? Your
university sits in the St. Lawrence River Valley, which has occupied an
important place in the history of North America since the pre-contact period
between First Peoples and Europeans. It has served simultaneously as a place of
residence, transportation route, conduit of commerce, and sometimes national
and physical well-being is, in part, determined by individual behavior,
personal choice, and circumstances. Due
to an increased understanding of the myriad benefits of a healthy lifestyle,
coupled with nationwide attention to physical, mental, and social issues
impacting today’s society, maintaining a healthy, well-balanced existence is
more important than ever. This course is
intended to expand students’ awareness of lifestyle choices that will have a
positive impact upon health and well-being throughout the college experience
and beyond. During the course
Victims and villains, sleuths and scenarios, destruction and
deduction… from the Victorian parlor to the modern-day movieplex, audiences
have long been fascinated by stories of murder and mayhem. These stories,
however, do a lot more than entertain. Every mystery is an intellectual
invitation to construct a narrative that makes order from chaos.
Creativity seems to be the buzzword
of the decade, a trait valued not just in the arts, but in science, business,
therapeutic modalities, and in our most prized self-images. Like the children
of fictional Lake Wobegon, we all hope that we possess creativity in levels
“greater than average.” But what is creativity? What is going on
in the mind and body when one is producing a creative work or solution?