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Enduring Questions
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Enduring Questions Seminars & Topics Courses

Enduring Questions Seminars examine significant enduring human questions from an interdisciplinary perspective. These seminars can fulfill a Lourdes University Core Curriculum Requirement, but may not be used to complete any general education requirement. Requires a paper reflective of a 300-level course. Prerequisite: Junior Standing

Enduring Question Seminar Options for Summer/Fall 2014

Summer: SWK 399 Enduring Questions: What are Social Justice and the Common Good?

In this course, students will examine individual and collective social responsibility in the creation of just systems of service. This course draws on the differing disciplines and perspectives in exploring the notion of the common good. A principal focus of the course will be whether and how commitment to the common good is compatible both with respect for cultural and religious differences and with justice in social life. The course is structured around the comparative exercise of conceiving, measuring, and achieving goals of a well-functioning society. What is well-being, how do individuals and societies determine it, and how do leaders help communities to achieve it? In defining the common good, which interests are prioritized and which are left out?

Fall: ENG 399 Enduring Questions: How Does Disability Impact Humanity?

The course will analyze disability as a social, cultural, historical, and political phenomenon that impacts individual attitudes and institutional practices.

Fall: BUS 399 Enduring Questions: Should the Government Regulate Business?

This seminar course examines the intersection of business, government, and society. By studying original sources related to various historical models of this interaction—e.g., pure capitalism, pure collectivism, and various points in between—students are asked to clarify and refine their own personal political-economic philosophy. In particular, students are encouraged to clarify whether they believe the government should play a more or less aggressive role in the resolution of a variety of business and society problems. As is evident from the current political debate, this is a critical question for business and society. Constant emphasis is given in class to the fact that there are people of intelligence and good will on both sides of this debate. When examining some of the major business and society issues, students are encouraged to clarify whether they believe in more collectivist or more free market solutions. Original texts will be utilized in exploring the major philosophical underpinnings of collectivist and free market approaches.

Fall: SOC 399 Enduring Questions: Genocide: How Can it Happen?

What is genocide? How does it occur? How is it possible that it continues in the modern world? Are wars, terrorist acts, colonialism, and cultural destruction cases of genocide? Can genocide be prevented? When it occurs, how is it addressed and redressed? Why do the memories of genocide become contested, distorted, forgotten, or denied? This course provides students with a conceptual and historical overview of genocide from a broad interdisciplinary perspective.

Fall: SWK 399 Enduring Questions: What is the Role of Parenting?

We will explore the upbringings of the parenting experts themselves, the fluctuations in their advice and the details of their downfalls. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw a dramatic shift in the role of children in society and families. Surveying popular media, childrearing manuals, and newspapers and journals published throughout the century, we will explore how some early advice may be presenting itself in a new form. The course provides the students with the opportunity to participate in personal exploration of self as well as the larger picture of how society impacts the ever changing role of parent.