Course Syllabus: HON 111 Fall 2005 World Food Issues I: Foundations Course Information: Seminar: 403 Charles T. Wethington Building, TR 9:30-10:45 AM Primary Text: Other Texts: Guns, Germs, and Steel; The Fates of Human Societies: Jared Diamond World Hunger; Twelve Myths: Lappe´, Collins and Rosset Ishmael: David Quinn The Bean Trees: Barbara Kingsolver Life of Pi: Yann Martel Siberia on Fire: Valentin Rasputin Instructor: Office: Office Phone: E-mail: Office hours: Todd Pfeiffer 329 Plant Science Building 257-5020 ext. 80771 [email protected] Friday 9:00AM - noon If these times do not fit into your class schedule please contact me by email to set up an appointment Course Themes: 1. History – cultural development in response to food 2. Sociology – Why are people hungry in today’s world? 3. Science and evidence – Our ways of thinking are tempered by our cultures. But, not all stories are true, and facts lead to scientific consensus. 4. Compassion – justice, responsibility to people and the planet, social awareness Specific Course Objectives: 1. See how the development of societies was strongly linked to the nature of and availability of food. 2. Most human cultures look at food differently than animals; we store more than we need. This affects our position on earth. 3. Fiction can be a “selective transforming of reality. The twisting of it to bring out its essence.” 4. To express your thoughts about the course themes, to identify commonalities between authors, to allow fiction and art to amplify your connection to factual evidence and to improve your writing skill. Course Grades: Because this course will satisfy your first–year writing requirement much of your grade will be earned through writing, both initial drafts and revised papers. You will write something for most class periods (on worksheets or on discussion prompts) that will allow you to write to learn. While much of this writing will not be ‘graded’ it will be checked for completion. Questions on the quizzes and final will come from your daily writing assignments. Writing Life of Pi essay Guns, Germs and Steel Chapter 3 Art museum trip 1 Art museum trip 2 World dinner Primary paper 1 Primary paper 2 Information Quizzes (top 4 out of 6, 20 points each) Final Total Final Grade A B C D E Points First draft Final copy 10 30 10 30 10 30 40 40 20 60 80 Points 80 80 520 Points required over 470 plus credit for >80% of the daily writing 470-416 plus credit for >80% of the daily writing 415-366 365-310 < 310 Course Absence Policy: I consider class attendance to be very important. Unless you have a valid excuse makeup quizzes will not be given and late papers will not be accepted. Valid excuses include: 1) participation in UK events. You must provide a written notice from the sponsoring UK official in advance. 2) Religious holidays. Please inform me in writing during the first two weeks of the semester about your planned absences for these holidays. 3) Emergencies such as illnesses, accidents, and family crises. Course Schedule: Date Reading / Activity Assignment 8/25 Life of Pi 8/30 Guns, Germs and Steel (GGS) Prologue 9/1 GGS Chapter 1 GGS worksheet 9/6 The Bean Trees pgs. Life of Pi rewrite Activity Life of Pi – draft 1 Quiz 1 Discussion prompt 9/8 The Bean Trees pgs. Discussion prompt 9/13 The Bean Trees pgs Discussion prompt 9/15 GGS Chapters 2 and 3 9/20 GGS worksheet GGS chapter 3 draft 9/22 GGS Chapter 4 9/27 GGS Chapters 5 and 6 Art museum Art museum essay GGS chapter 3 rewrite GGS worksheet 9/29 GGS Chapters 7 and 8 GGS worksheet 10/4 GGS Chapters 9 and 10 GGS worksheet 10/6 Ishmael chapters 1-4 Art museum rewrite 10/11 Ishmael chapters 5-8 Discussion prompt 10/13 Ishmael chapters 9-13 Discussion prompt 10/18 Ishmael 10/20 GGS Chapter 11 GGS worksheet 10/25 GGS Chapter 12 GGS worksheet 10/27 GGS Chapter 13 GGS worksheet 11/1 GGS Chapter 14 Primary paper 1 rewrite Quiz 2 Quiz 3 Primary paper 1 - draft GGS worksheet Quiz 4 Date Topic Assignment 11/2 Activity World dinner 6PM with section 001 11/3 World Hunger 12 Myths (myth 1) World dinner paper 11/8 No Class 11/10 World Hunger; myths 2-4 worksheet 11/15 World Hunger; myths 5-8 worksheet 11/17 World Hunger; myths 9-12 worksheet 11/22 Quiz 5 Quiz 6 Art museum 11/29 Siberia on Fire - 12/1 Siberia on Fire - 12/6 Art museum 2 - paper Primary paper 2 12/8 GGS Chapter 18 12/16 Final worksheet Writing Assignments: 1) short paper (2 pages) – draft 8/30, final version 9/6 “The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no? Doesn’t that make life a story?” Discuss an occurrence in ‘Life of Pi’ that illustrates this idea. React to this statement as it might relate to your years in college. 2) short paper (1-2 pages) Art Museum trip – draft 9/22, final version 10/6 . Look at this grave doll and grave blanket from a Peruvian grave about _______ AD. These belonged to people and were obviously important possessions at the times of their deaths. How do you feel about their display at the UK Art Museum? But, if we don’t study the past won’t the phrase ‘Those who ignore the past are bound to repeat it.’ be self-fulfilling? What personal guidelines would you develop to protect both the rights of the past and the possibilities of the future? 3) major paper 1 (4 pages) – draft 10/18, final version 11/1 “The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no? Doesn’t that make life a story?” “Because the community endures beyond the lifetime of any one individual the concept of community tenure … carried with it an obligation to future generations as well.” World Hunger 12 Myths How do you understand the two stories in Ishmael? Is the taker story our religion? Is this obligation still present in our world community today? Present the commonalities between Diamond, chapters 4-10 and Quinn’s ‘Ishmael’ as you answer the above three questions with and emphasis on food. 4) short paper (1-2 pages) after attending the World dinner – final version 11/3 What happened tonight? How did you feel? Is this relevant? How? 5) short paper (2 pages) Art Museum trip – final version 11/29 Look at these works which contrast the romanticism of agriculture vs. the pain of poverty and hunger. Are the __________ works all positive? Are the __________ works all negative? Is food and hunger a scientific issue or an emotional issue? 6) major paper 2 (4-6 pages) - final version 12/6 As the lead interviewer on the TV show “World Food Issues Reports” you have arranged to interview three authors (you choose three from among Yann Martel, David Quinn, Barbara Kingsolver, Jared Diamond, Valentin Rasputin, and Francis Moore Lappe). Pose three questions for this group of authors and record their responses and discussion. Briefly summarize their points and provide your opinion as you wrap up the show for the audience.