Loyola University Maryland

Graduate Program in Liberal Studies

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

September 6 - December 21, 2017
No classes: 11/22, 11/23
Last day to withdraw: 11/28/2017


LS600.401: Self and World: Fundamental Issues in Human Existence

What does it mean to be a human being in the world? Through an examination of the fundamental conditions and experiences of human existence, this course will under-take to define the human self, the world, and the manner in which the two relate. Themes to be considered may include faith, exile, solidarity, and death.

Dr. Steven Burr, Tuesday, 6:30–9:00 p.m. [9/12–12/19, no class 10/17, 12/19]. (Thematic)

Required of all students in their first semester; open to others by permission only

LS689.401: American Film Classics

Everyone loves the movies, and we all have our favorites. We recommend some to friends, noting that the acting was “brilliant,” the camera work was “awesome,” or the story “moving.” Yet we don’t often pause to consider the meaning behind the words. In this course we will take a close look at several films generally considered classics and attempt to establish how they achieve their effect on us. Once we’ve established a framework for discussion we will take up an additional ten films, selected at least in part from a survey of those in the class.

The emphasis in each class will be on discussion and developing a critical eye for the way a film is made. Each student will be asked to submit a viewing report for each of the initial films. Four short papers (750 words), two presentations, and a final written project are also required.

Dr. Randall Donaldson, Thursdays, 6:30–9:00 p.m. [9/7–12/21, no class 10/19, 11/22, 12/21]. (Creative)

LS 678.401: Persuasion: The Lawyer’s Craft

Persuasion through writing, analysis, and argument has been a constant friend of the lawyer. But, what of the layperson? How can a layperson change the course of the law through his or her writings? We will examine the rhetorical tools deployed (e.g., logos, pathos, and ethos) in popular works and how they have influenced legal change. We will consider how these works changed our perception of justice, rights, and belonging.

Dr. Winsome Gayle, Mondays, 6:30–9:00 p.m. [9/11–12/18, no class 10/16, 12/18]. (Creative)


LS753.601: Philosophy of Peace

We agree that peace is preferable to war, but what do we mean when we talk about peace? This course will take a philosophical and historical perspective on major figures in diverse areas of peace studies, from Aristotle to Zinn, from Lao Tsu to Gandhi, from Freud to Friere. We will focus primarily on thinkers who conceive of peace not merely as the contingent absence of war, but as a realizable and enduring possibility for humanity. Analyses of the contemporary situation through text and film will help us to soberly evaluate these views.

It is all too easy to look at our world in dismay, pointing to its sorry state as evidence that peace is unattainable for human social organizations, let alone for individual souls. Yet peace is as much a part of human history as war, most conflicts are re-solved without violent eruption, and people everywhere have lived lives of quiet contentment as well as desperation. In our discussion-based seminar style course we will inquire into the reasons for war before approaching peace theory from the perspective of positive and negative peace.

Dr. Catriona Hanley, Wednesdays 6:30–9:00 p.m. [9/6–12/20, no class 10/18, 11/22, 12/20]. (Thematic)