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Flagler CORE Courses

Spring 2022

Theatre for Social Justice

Catalog Number: COR 153

Suffix: CR, RI

Gen Ed Substitute For: Creative Expression, Creative Production

Instructor: Leah Page

Literacy: Creativity

Value Pathway: Respectful and Inclusive Community

Description: In this course, students will collaboratively create an original theatre piece connected to a social justice issue. To prepare for this culminating project, students will watch excerpts or full productions of scripted and devised theatre works rooted in social justice and will build specific skills in ensemble-based theatre-making.  Required readings and subsequent discussions around the chosen topic will inform the work. In mid-late October, students will begin devising their final piece. Devising involves generating material, providing critical feedback, editing and reshaping the material, and repeating this three-step process until the piece is ready to be rehearsed. Students will develop their critical eye by being actively involved in the feedback process.

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Beyond Beautiful: Art as Critical Discourse

Catalog Number: COR 153

Suffix: CR, RI

Gen Ed Substitute For: Creative Expression, Creative Aesthetics

Instructor: Jason Schwab

Literacy: Creativity

Value Pathway: Respectful and Inclusive Community

Description: Art can and should be more than an aesthetically captivating object. Art can provide a unique access point to any and all challenging questions we find ourselves presented with. While it doesn’t often provide answers, it does elicit self-reflection, critical analysis, and complex dialogue. In this class, we will analyze important works of art from the post-modern era to contemporary works that have facilitated critical dialogue on issues of racism, sexism, gender equality, and sexuality. We will examine the structures of power that have historically oppressed individuals and the visual techniques artists have utilized in response to these injustices. Students will then be given the opportunity to create unique works of art that respond to current injustices or systems of oppression they themselves experience, have experienced, or potentially perpetuate. This course will challenge students to critically examine themselves, analyze cultures outside of their own, develop an informed and compassionate understanding of diverse cultures and identities, and create works of art that stimulate others to engage in this critical discourse.

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Living in a Digital World

Catalog Number: COR 181

Suffix: ER, CI

Gen Ed Substitute For: Ways of Knowing

Instructor: Doug Keaton

Literacy: Ethical Inquiry

Value Pathway: Citizenship with Integrity

Description: We live in a world ruled by algorithms – by computers and those who design them. Social media, artificial intelligence, commercial surveillance affect our lives every day. Soon there will be more, with everything from self-driving cars to “friend bots” for the elderly.  Our task is to understand the implications of this fact for our society and our future. Will the objectivity of computers remove the worst of our human failings, or will it reproduce and amplify them? How does the power of technology affect the poor who have less access to it? What does artificial intelligence say about humanity as a whole? Are we ultimately just machines, ourselves?  In this class we will think about technology from the human side, using philosophy and science.

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