Loyola University Maryland

Messina

The Visionary Course Pairing

The Rebellious Self: Philosophical Readings from Sophocles, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle (PL 201)

Readings from Sophocles and Socrates set the tone for a semester spent exploring historic texts that focus on the rebellious actions and speeches of Antigone, Socrates, his fellow Greek men, and selected modernists. Themes such as justice, love, duty, friendship, political partnerships, and freedom will be examined as we read, critique, and spiritedly debate original texts. Contentious words and deeds have either positive outcomes or negative consequences. After a thorough understanding of the theoretical concepts and the contextual relevance of our ‘rebellious’ texts, we will compare how each character made manifest her/his rebellion. Were the motivations purely philosophic or not? If not, do they still have merit? How is that decided? After healthy discussions, we will decide our characters’ character. Once grounded in the foundational concepts offered by the Greek philosophers, we will move forward to the writings of the Federalists, the Founding Fathers, Transcendentalists, and Existentialists. We will incorporate our on and off-campus experiences to explore the rebellious selves who are the gadflies of antiquity and of today. Note: This is a Service-Learning optional class. The class will tutor grade-school age children at Tunbridge, the local charter school, for two hours each week.

Faculty Biography

Prof. Nina Guise-Gerrity graduated from Loyola College before working in industry and coming back to her alma mater. A most recent product of the Great Books Program at St. John’s College, Annapolis and a current student in Loyola University Maryland’s MBA Program, she teaches and advises mostly first and second year students. An active member in the school’s Service-Learning and community’s Peace Center, she incorporated both her scholastics and community involvements into her curriculum.

Criminal Law and the Wire in Baltimore (LW 109D)

Provides a foundation for students who wish to explore the role that law plays in social, political, economic, and cultural life as it pertains to business behavior. The coursework provides a foundation of knowledge regarding the basic concepts necessary to understanding how business operates, the rules of law, and the influences and effects of law on the social and economic system. The course goal is to provide students with an understanding of the nature and functions of law in society and how law influences business behavior.

Faculty Biography

Fr. Tim Brown was born and raised in Michigan.  He continued his higher education at Georgetown, Fordham, and George Mason University.  Currently, Fr. Brown is an Associate Professor of Law in the Sellinger School of Business and Special Assistant to the President for the Office of Mission Integration.  Fr. Brown helped pioneer service learning at Loyola University and has a great concern for improving justice in the world.  He has a passion for teaching and inspiring students to make a contribution in the world.

Mentor Biography

Mary Ellen Wade, Associate Director of Messina, earned her Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Rowan University in 2006. Prior to working with Messina, she was an Assistant Director of Student Life for the Hillside and Gardens Areas at Loyola. Mary Ellen is originally from Southern New Jersey and her interests include painting, hiking and traveling. Mary Ellen’s interest in Jesuit education began during her previous employment at Georgetown University.

Virtual Advisor

PL 201 satisfies a core requirement for all students and is taught with a service learning option. LW 109D counts toward the diversity requirement for all students. This course pairing may be particularly interesting to students who are interested in Forensics and/or pre-law. 

 

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