QU 101 -Fall 2012The Individual and the CommunityCollege of Arts and Sciences 1, Room 220TTH 8:00 – 9:15Instructor: Sharon Jenkins[email protected]Peer Catalyst: Evan Kearney[email protected]Course DescriptionThis first-semester interdisciplinary seminar introduces students to Quinnipiac University by challenging them to locate themselves as individuals who can read, reason, speak, and write critically about their academic and civic responsibilities as engaged members of their new learning community. While integrating academic perspectives on the course theme from a variety of disciplines, students consider fundamental questions of human nature, the formation of individual identity and common inheritances, and of how diverse communities form, evolve and sustain themselves through the perennial interplay of individual rights and group responsibilities. QU 101 also lays the groundwork for considering how students can extend their roles and responsibilities as members of the Quinnipiac University community to the national and global perspectives they will consider in QU 201 and QU 301.Course QuestionsOur class, like all sections of QU101, is framed around six questions. These are the questions that will drive our reading, writing, and discussion. 1.What defines and locates an individual?2.How is individual identity formed and sustained?3.What defines and locates a community?4.How is a sense of community formed and sustained?5.How do individuals deal with tensions and conflicts between personal interests and community interests?6.How do perceptions of individual difference and diversity affect community?