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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Understanding Literature: Secrets and Lies (EN 101)

The characters we’ll meet this semester tell lies that range from the mundane to the monstrous. Some lie to survive, some to fit in, and some to stand out. Some pay a price, but others never do. Whether they’re hiding a rotting corpse, deceiving themselves, or merely telling someone what they want to hear, their secrets and lies illuminate shifting ideas about truth, justice, and survival in American society.

Faculty biography

Dr. Sondra Guttman has been a member of the English Department faculty since 2008. Her research and teaching interests encompass 20th century modernisms, African-American literature, and Depression-era American literature.

Politics and Society (PL 210)

In this course we will explore the promises and limits of liberal democracy in highly complex and deeply pluralistic societies. The course can be roughly divided into two sections. The first part examines the fragile alliance between liberalism and democracy. We will discuss topics such as the nature of political power, society’s power over the individual, tyranny of majority, and democratic solidarity in divided societies. Once we have a good grasp of the underlying values and assumptions of liberal democracy, we will examine some of the most controversial issues in contemporary politics from the perspective of democracy. In the second part we will address topics such as the political public sphere, big money and corporations, dissent and protected speech, free speech and government, news media, democratic citizenship, political protest, and civil disobedience.

Faculty biography

Dr. Fuat Gursozlu received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He came to Loyola in 2012 and has taught several courses including Politics and Society, Philosophy of Human Rights, Justice in Global Perspective, and Contemporary Political Philosophy. He specializes in Social and Political Philosophy and his recent research focuses on the nature of democratic society and how democracy can address marginalization, oppression, polarization and violence and create a more peaceful society.

Mentor biography

Dr. Ben Cowman is the Associate Director of Student Engagement working with the Evergreens, orientation and new student programs. He started at Loyola in 2016 as the Assistant Director of Student Engagement focused on leadership development programs. He has worked in higher education for the past ten years, and has a passion for helping students develop leadership skills in order to successfully pursue their personal and professional goals.


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EN 101 satisfies the English Core Requirement for all students. Students will be enrolled in PL 201, the prerequisite for PL 210, in the fall semester. Additionally, students will fulfill their Ethics core requirement in Theology since PL 210 will satisfy the second core requirement in Philosophy or Theology.

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Advising and Support

7 ways Loyola helps ease the transition to college

A student shares seven ways her first-year experience was enhanced by the people and programs at Loyola.

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