Who decides the criteria for judging whether or not a book is any
What is the purpose of: science fiction? satire? historical novels, etc.?
Love & Sacrifice
If any, what are the boundaries of love and sacrifice, and where does
one draw the line between them?
What are the factors that move individuals / communities / nations to
great sacrifice and what are the consequences?
Nature in the Balance
What are the responsibilities of the individual / society / superpowers in
regard to the health of the environment? (local, regional, national or
international context can be used)
What are the consequences of being unconcerned with nature’s
Our View of the World and Ourselves
How do we know what we know?
What is changeable within ourselves?
How does what we know about the world shape the way we view
How do our personal experiences shape our view of others?
What does it mean to be an insider or an outsider?
What does it mean to “grow up”?
Where do our definitions of good and evil come from?
What is the relevance of studying multicultural texts?
How does the media shape our view of the world and ourselves?
In a culture where we are bombarded with other people trying to define
us, how do we make decisions for ourselves?
What turning points determine our individual pathways to adulthood?
Past, Present, and Future
Why do we bother to study/examine the past, present or future?
What are the recurrent motifs of history and in what ways have they
changed or remained the same?
The Pursuit of Happiness
What is happiness, and what is the degree of importance in one’s life?
To what extent does a culture / society / subculture shape an
individual’s understanding or concept of happiness?
Relationships and Community