Foundations RAPs Fall 2014

If you are interested in taking a class with people who you are living with, a Foundations RAP could be a good choice for you. Choose from a variety of courses that enable you to explore and/or move forward in meeting your General Education requirements. Foundations RAPs do NOT include a RAP seminar.

When you join this RAP you will...

  • Enroll in one small section of a General Education class.
  • Share your living-and-learning experience with a community of students with similar interests.
  • If you are studying or interested in one of the many majors related to science, check out the Foundations: Sciences RAPs too.

Foundations RAPs are open to students with a declared major as well as those who are still exploring major options.

Specific course information.

"Introduction to Philosophy" (Philosophy 100) for students living in Wheeler Hall. 

Here is a message about the class from Tricia Magalotti, the instructor:

In this course we will take a contemporary approach to thinking about some of the most intriguing questions of the Western philosophical tradition.

  • How can I know that I am not a brain in a vat?
  • Should we believe in God?
  • Can we have free will if our actions are already determined?
  • Could a robot be conscious?

In the process, you will learn how to think like a philosopher. This includes learning how to critically interpret and evaluate arguments as well as how to express your ideas to others in a clear and persuasive way.

This course is intended for anyone who wants to engage in stimulating discussion with others about profound questions and to learn analytical skills that can be applied in his or her everyday life. 

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"Brave New World" (Comparative Literature 131) for students living in Webster Hall. 

Here is a message about the class from Alex Ponomareff, the instructor:

In our class, we will discuss artists and thinkers that have imagined worlds where people are always being watched, recorded, and controlled. We will explore questions such as:

  • Do you know how many cameras record you in a given day?
  • How does Facebook know what products you like?
  • Is anyone else reading your texts and e-mails or listening to your phone calls?
  • Do you remember a time before the United States was at war? 

We will talk about the possibility and dangers of thinking, speaking, and acting freely and what it would mean to not have control over your mind or your body. This class focuses on depictions of the future and discusses if a perfect world is possible or if every perfect world hides a dark side.

In short, we will think about Dystopian futures and the possibility of Utopia.

You might be asking yourself, why study literature? Because this is no high school English class. We will investigate why films, comic books, and TV shows can also be literature, and in the process prepare to face whatever future may come.

If you have any questions about the course, please feel free to e-mail me at aponomar@complit.umass.edu.

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"Ancient Civilizations" (Anthropology 150) for students living together in Emerson Hall.

Here is a message about the class from Rebecca Bartusewich, the instructor:

Students will be introduced to ancient cultures through the lens of the rise and fall of civilizations. Cultures may include; Mesoamerica, Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, and India.

Ancient civilizations explains human behavior through time and allows students to see trends that are still visible in our modern world.

This course presents archaeological theories on the interpretation of material remains and how well-known archaeologists present their data. It will introduce students to common themes of power, hierarchy, religion, and ideology through all the civilizations discussed.

Through the semester we will explore the theories of state formation and decline to help students better understand the contemporary world:

  • We will utilize archaeological findings as our main interpretive tool. (Other anthropological methods will also be presented.)
  • The role of hierarchy in socio-political design and the maintenance of ideology will be investigated and critiqued for most of the cultural groups we will discuss.
  • We will read several case studies of cultural groups through the lens of archaeology and history.

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Be sure to visit the How to Join page of this website to learn about the process and important timelines you must follow to become a member of this fantastic program!

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Classes & Locations

Fall 2014

Foundations RAPs are available in three locations.

You will choose ONE of the following 4 credit General Education courses (and reside in the designated residence hall). 

"Introduction to Philosophy" - Phil 100 (Gen Ed AL). Students will live together in Wheeler Hall in Central area of campus.

OR

"Brave New World"- Comp Lit 131 (Gen Ed ALG) . Students will live together in Webster Hall in Orchard Hill area of campus.

OR

"Ancient Civilizations"- Anthro 150 (Gen Ed HSG). Students will live together in Emerson Hall in Southwest area of campus.

NOTES: 

"College Writing" - English Writing 112 (Gen Ed CW), 3 credits a limited number of sections will be offered in each residential area Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.

Spring 2015 

  • No required RAP classes.
  • Small sections of Gen Ed classes will be offered in each residence area 

Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

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