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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

Options for Fall 2015

BIO 399 Enduring Questions Seminar: Sins Against Science

This course analyzes how scientific knowledge is disseminated to popular audiences, considering in particular miscommunications like the hoax, fraud, and media misrepresentation. Crosslisted with ENG 399. Prerequisite: junior standing.

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

This course examines the intersection of business, government, and society. By studying original sources related to various historical models of the 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 societal problems. As is evident from current political debate, this is a critical question for business and society.

ENG 399 Enduring Questions Seminar: Sins Against Science

This course analyzes how scientific knowledge is disseminated to popular audiences, considering in particular miscommunications like the hoax, fraud, and media misrepresentation. Crosslisted with BIO 399. Prerequisite: junior standing.

SOC 399 Enduring Questions Seminar: 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.

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

This course explores 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, childbearing manuals, and newspapers and journals published throughout the century, the course explores how some early advice may be presenting itself in a new form. Students are provided 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.