Autobiography and Professional Choice|
Spring 2012 not offered
The purpose of this course is to make students reflect upon the decisions, unconscious as well as conscious, that are involved in career choices. It is intended to assist the process of determining professional and vocational options, as well as to encourage greater reflection in all matters; to promote the awareness that no decision need be automatic or imposed; and that decisions appearing to have those qualities are not by virtue of that rendered value-free. To achieve these ends we shall read books and essays by persons (mostly contemporary, or nearly so) representing as wide a range of professional fields as possible. All readings will be autobiographical.
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Readings will be selected from among the work of such writers as: Maya Angelou, Marc Bloch, Richard Rodriguez, Zora Neale Hurston, Werner Heisenberg, G. H. Hardy, Sigmund Freud, C. G. Jung, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simon de Beauvoir, Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, Isadora Duncan, James D. Watson, George Orwell, Lillian Hellman, Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, Igor Stravinsky, and others far less well known.
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Students will write a short (1-page) paper on each weekly reading assignment, and papers will be distributed to be read by the entire class to furnish a major constituent of the material for class discussion.
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