Syllabus - HONORS 392G 01 - FALL 2009 Ghosts That Haunt Us:...

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HONORS 392G 01 - FALL 2009 Ghosts That Haunt Us: Children Living in the Shadows of Society Tuesday/Thursday Schedule 1:00 – 2:15 Thursdays 6:00 – 7:00 Office: Goodell 408 Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:00 – 4:00 and by appointment Prof. Connie D. Griffin EMAIL: via SPARK Course Site Ghosts that Haunt Us explores what remains invisible and unspoken in American society. It investigates relationships across complex histories and identities, social positions and cultural contexts . The “ghosts that haunt us” are the lives and stories of those who have no voice —the stories of those who, through no fault of their own, have no social standing whatsoever. Half a million children in the U.S. are dependents of the state . The ghostly specter that is this semester’s focus is the child welfare system of America. Wrapped in a legal code of confidentiality half a million foster children litter the landscape, shadowy presences in the wealthiest nation in the world . There are those, however, who have had the great courage to reach beyond the veil of secrecy and shame to tell their stories. This semester we will explore these stories , not only for their own sake, but also to lead us to ask questions of cultural context, social values, and political policy. Required Texts – Available at Food for Thought Books , Amherst Three Little Words , Ashley Rhodes-Courter, Atheneum, 2008. One Small Boat , Kathy Harrison, Tarcher/Penguin, 2006. Turning Stones: My Days and Nights with Children at Risk , Marc Parent, Random House, 1998.
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2 Somebody Else’s Children , John Hubner & Jill Wolfson, Author’s Choice Press, 2003. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Joseph Gibaldi Idiot’s Guide to Punctuation and Grammar Course Objectives and Format As honors students, you are intensively engaged in your major fields of study. But as Commonwealth College Scholars, you are extending yourselves beyond the boundaries of your chosen fields to join in academic inquiry with students and faculty from disciplines other than your own, so you will be applying research methods from a range of disciplines . In keeping with the academic objectives of Commonwealth College, we will address course themes within a learning community that values active student involvement, promotes collaborative process and mutual mentoring , as well as student leadership roles ; that applies innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to analyses ; and integrates both theory and practice . We will emphasize the importance of incorporating our whole selves —the personal as well as the intellectual, the creative as well as the
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