Core Curriculum

Mission Seminar Section Descriptions Fall 2017

These are descriptions for all VUSM sections only.  Additional Living in a Diverse World and Serving the Common Good courses may be available.  For more information, consult the searchable VU catalog.

Fall 2017  Section Descriptions for Mission Seminars 

VUSM 100 Level Courses and Sections

VUSM 100-01 MWF 8:00am-8:55am Franciscan Values & Traditions (HONORS) Elizabeth Marzoni  MRC 346

Viterbo University was founded in 1890 by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. This entry-level course examines that heritage and what it means to be and behave like a Franciscan. This course will use the works of Saints Francis, Clare, and Rose of Viterbo as a foundation for exploring the university’s core values of hospitality, integrity, contemplation, stewardship and service.  As an Honors section, this course will focus on leadership and how one grows into leadership roles. Key to this focus will be the use of the written works of Francis and Clare, and a Franciscan document outlining six virtues necessary for Franciscan leadership.

 

VUSM 100-02 TR 12:30pm-1:50pm Franciscan Values & Traditions

Jean Moore  FAC 204

Viterbo University was founded in 1890 by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. This entry-level course examines that heritage and what it means to be and behave like a Franciscan. This course will use the works of Saints Francis, Clare, and Rose of Viterbo as a foundation for exploring the university’s core values of hospitality, integrity, contemplation, stewardship and service.  As an Honors section, this course will focus on leadership and how one grows into leadership roles. Key to this focus will be the use of the written works of Francis and Clare, and a Franciscan document outlining six virtues necessary for Franciscan leadership.

 

VUSM 100-03 TR 2:00pm-3:20pm Franciscan Values & Traditions:  Place Matters

Matthew Bersagel Braley  NRC 202

Francis stepped beyond the gates of the city and discovered a new way of seeing and serving his neighbors. This seminar steps beyond the campus and into the neighborhoods of La Crosse in order to examine the critical issues impacting the daily rhythms and routines of Viterbo’s neighbors. The city, itself, will serve as one of the primary “texts” for the course as students explore what it means to live out the Viterbo values of contemplation, hospitality, service, stewardship, and integrity in this particular place. Class sessions will alternate between experiential learning and interdisciplinary analysis of topics including alternative transportation, urban agriculture, neighborhood revitalization, among others.

 

VUSM 101-01 MWF 10:10am-11:05am Leading by Serving

Jan Janiszewski  MRC 378

This seminar is designed for the active student learner. Students will learn the principles of Servant Leadership, examine Franciscan, values and participate in a variety of leadership experiences which build a foundation for leadership in any career.

 

VUSM 110-01 MWF 11:15am-12:10pm Relationships, Health, & Well Being

Laura Nettles  MRC 378

Using the stories of Francis, Clare, and Rose as a lens to reflect on contemporary and personal narratives, this seminar introduces Franciscan values and traditions as they relate to relationships, health, and well-being. Students may not earn credit for more than one VUSM course at the 100 level.

 

VUSM 120-01 MWF 8:00am-8:55am The Franciscan Tradition and Christian Theology Michael Lopez-Kaley  MRC 348

Students will explore how the values that the university community holds are found in the lives of Francis, Clare, and Rose of Viterbo. Students will also trace these values back to Scripture, the source of Francis. Because these values are so key to the university, students will explore how to implement them in their own lives on campus as well as after graduation. Includes units on Scripture, Christology, ecclesiology, morality and spirituality. Students will learn how theological concepts were significant for Francis and Clare. Students may not earn credit for more than one VUSM course at the 100 level. This course is approved to co-count as a Theological Inquiry Way of Thinking Course.

 

VUSM 125-01 TR 9:30am-10:50am Choosing, Changing, or Confirming Your Calling

William Reese  MRC 500

This course will review the life of St. Francis from the perspective of career/vocation choices and the struggles that led him to such a magnificent life. Students will examine values as they apply to vocation and will hear presentations from local business, Church, and community leaders on their vocational choices. Students may not earn credit for more than one VUSM course at the 100 level.

 

VUSM 140-01 MWF 2:30pm-3:25pm Bartolome de Las Casas Legacy

Jesus Jambrina  MRC 573

Viterbo University was founded in 1890 by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. This entry-level course examines that heritage and what it means to be and behave like a Franciscan. This course will use the works of Saints Francis, Clare, and Rose of Viterbo as a foundation for exploring the university’s core values of hospitality, integrity, contemplation, stewardship and service.  As an Honors section, this course will focus on leadership and how one grows into leadership roles. Key to this focus will be the use of the written works of Francis and Clare, and a Franciscan document outlining six virtues necessary for Franciscan leadership.

 

VUSM 150-01 TR 11:00am-12:20pm Music and More

Mary Ellen Haupert  FAC 221

Music and More (VUSM 150--001) is designed to introduce freshmen to Franciscan values and traditions through the lens of classical music appreciation.  The course will include field trips, guest speakers, critical listening, and a variety of writing and active learning projects. Students will explore the life of Francis through an integrated approach that melds the discipline of classical music with Viterbo University’s Franciscan core values (hospitality, integrity, contemplation, stewardship, and service).  Two weeks of introduction to Franciscan values and traditions will set the stage for an exploration of music that has been organized into four categories:  The Story of a Crusader, What It Means to Hug a Leper, Creation and the Good Earth, and A Caveman’s Guide to Prayer and Contemplation.  The organizational pattern for each of these 3-week-long units includes one part values + two parts classical music study.

This course is approved to co-count as an Artistic Awareness Way of Thinking Course.

 

VUSM 151-01 TR 9:39am-10:50am Beauty and Art in the Franciscan Tradition

Janet McLean  FAC 204

Viterbo University was founded in 1890 by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. This entry-level seminar examines that heritage and what it means to be and behave like a Franciscan. These courses will use the works of Saints Francis, Clare, and Rose of Viterbo as a foundation for exploring the university’s core values of hospitality, integrity, contemplation, stewardship, and service.  This course is approved to co-count as an Artistic Awareness Way of Thinking Course.

 

VUSM 170-01 TR 2pm-3:20pm; Tu 3:40pm-5:30pm Franciscan Sustainability Praxis Sr.

Lucille Slinger  NRC 104 and RC 233

In this course students will explore the Franciscan perspective and traditions of caring for creation; a sustainability praxis.   The tension, synergy and significance of how science/technology and theology/spirituality differ will be discussed and applied to local, national and global sustainability issues. Students will be engaged in laboratory activities to develop and understanding of the origin and limitations of scientific knowledge. Through class activities, media, readings, discussion and nature experiences, students will learn to the clearly articulate a personally held sense of place and worldview. Students will learn how worldview differences, held beliefs, and lack of scientific knowledge are the root causes of sustainability conflicts and key to implementation of successful resolutions. This course includes a one hour a week lab and is approved to co-count as a Scientific Reasoning in the Natural Sciences Way of Thinking Course.

 

VUSM 200 Level Courses and Sections

VUSM 200-01 MW 3:35pm-4:55pm Living in a Diverse World

Keith Knutson  MRC 573

In this section we look at the medieval Franciscan approach to diversity in the world as it was understood in that time. We begin with St Francis of Assisi visiting the Sultan of Egypt in 1219 during the 5th Crusade. Modern Franciscans have used this encounter to develop an active dialogue with Muslims in the 21st century. We will then learn about some of Francis’s contemporaneous brothers who travelled to China shortly after the founder’s death. Their arduous missions were on behalf of the Roman Latin Christian Church Pontificate, to negotiate with the Great Khans of the Mongols, who were threatening European invasion during the 13th century. These Franciscans actually went to China before the renowned Marco Polo, even today still (mistakenly) considered the first recorded western visitor to China. Our semester will conclude by reading Polo’s Travels. Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 200-02 MWF 12:20pm-1:15pm Living in a Diverse World:  Global Health, Local Healthworlds

Matthew Bersagel Braley  NRC 202

This seminar explores how diverse interpretations of health, healing, and human flourishing complicate responses to current issues in global health. Specifically, the course examines tensions that arise when communities disagree on the origins of disease, the moral meaning of illness and suffering, and the authority of various types of healers and healthcare providers. Course materials will be drawn from multiple disciplines including anthropology, sociology, religion, ethics, and global health.  Credits: 3; Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 200-03 MWF 10:10am-11:05am Living in a Diverse World

Vee Luz  MRC 573

This seminar course is designed to increase students’ awareness, understanding, and appreciation of diversity, broadly defined (e.g., diversity in race and ethnicity, social class, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, and religion). Through completion of this course, students will build knowledge and skills involved in being advocates for cultural competency and responsible citizens in our diverse and changing world. Credits: 3; Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 200-04 TR 8am-9:20am Living in a Diverse World

David Waters  BRC 124

This seminar course is designed to increase students’ awareness, understanding, and appreciation of diversity, broadly defined (e.g., diversity in race and ethnicity, social class, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, and religion). Through completion of this course, students will build knowledge and skills involved in being advocates for cultural competency and responsible citizens in our diverse and changing world. Credits: 3; Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 240-01 TR 9:30am-10:50am Caribbean Women Writers

Apryl Denny  MRC 436

This seminar course is designed to increase students’ awareness, understanding, and appreciation of diversity, broadly defined (e.g., diversity in race and ethnicity, social class, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, and religion). Through completion of this course, students will build knowledge and skills involved in being advocates for cultural competency and responsible citizens in our diverse and changing world. Credits: 3; Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 251-01 M 5pm-8pm Living in a Diverse World

Diana Cataldi  FAC 219

Global Music in a Diverse World raises critical consciousness of diverse populations through the exploration of various musical and cultural traditions from around the world. Examples include Indonesia, Puerto Rico, Ghana, Argentina, Jazz, Gospel and other traditions. These cultures will be studied within the broader context of rituals, memory, migration, politics, transmission, identity and life-cycle events. Students will learn through directed reading, listening, online group discussion, giving online presentations and attending live performances. Through this seminar course, students will become advocates for cultural competency and responsible citizens in our diverse and changing world. Prerequisite; any 100 level VUSM course or transfer student placement. Credits: 3;  Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.  This course is approved to co-count as an Artistic Awareness Way of Thinking Course.

 

VUSM 252-01 TR 2pm-3:20pm Women in Theatre

Janet McLean  FAC 221

At its best, theatre helps us understand who we are; it can explain, examine, ridicule, or celebrate the human condition. Gender is a fundamental aspect of personal and social identity. It is a biological, psychological, and cultural category of paramount importance. In addition, gender is often a criterion for social stratification and differing political treatment, as well as a favored symbol for expressing essential values and beliefs. This course examines specific examples of the representation of women on the American stage, focusing on what this dramatic literature says and implies about women. The course illuminates ideas about the "nature" of women and the changing perceptions of their roles in both the family and society throughout the last 100 years. The course also addresses how these changes impact the role of men in American society. Students may not earn credit for more than one VUSM course at the 200 level. Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement. Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.  This course is approved to co-count as a Literary Analysis Way of Thinking Course.

 

VUSM 260-01 MWF 8am-8:55am  Multicultural American Literature (HONORS)

Rolf Samuels MRC 500

Multicultural America Literature addresses questions of cultural difference through analysis of contemporary hyphenated-American narratives by authors such as Tori Morrison and Jhumpa Lahiri. Students will examine how character choices and options are culturally shaped and socially bordered. Against the background of dominant white culture, students will explore the common ground among these hyphenated cultures-conflicts between genders and generations as well as assimilation pressure. Students will also compare their own cultural identities with those represented in the narratives they analyze. Credits: 3; Prerequisite: ENGL 104 or C or higher in 105 or C or higher in 195, any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.  This course is approved to co-count as a Literary Analysis Way of Thinking Course.

 

VUSM 290-01 TR 11am-12:20pm Introduction to Women's Studies

Apryl Denny  MRC 436

This course familiarizes students with the social, economic, psychological, and political issues that challenge contemporary women locally and internationally. It also encourages students to further their personal progress toward understanding and dealing constructively with women's issues.  Cross-listed with WMST 100. Credits: 3; Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 300 Level Courses and Sections

VUSM 300-01 MWF 10:10am-11:05am Serving the Common Good

Shuma Iwai NRC 104

Following in the Franciscan tradition and Viterbo value of service, Serving the Common Good gives students experience in civic engagement. Students will participate in activities designed to foster the common good while reflecting on their values and practices of community, servant leadership, and collaboration. Partnerships and collaborations with community partners will allow students to demonstrate a developing competency of community engagement and responsibility. Credits: 3; Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 300-02 M 5pm-8pm Serving the Common Good

Jason Larsen NRC 207

Following in the Franciscan tradition and Viterbo's value of service, this seminar asks students to actively participate in civic engagement and connect course content to those experiences. Students will engage in activities designed to foster the common good while reflecting on their values and practices of community, service, and collaboration. Collaborations with community partners will allow students to demonstrate community engagement and responsibility. This course will focus on adversity and at-risk youth. Students will and connect and serve youth through volunteering and mentoring within local nonprofit groups. Students must complete 25 hours of service in the full-semester version of the course.   Credits: 3; Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 300-03 TR 3:30pm-4:50pm Serving the Common Good

Krista Orlan Clements BRC 206

In this section of Serving the Common Good we will learn how to transform communities using local assets, art, and culture by developing our skills as creative community builders.  Service-learning will be focused on opportunities working with local arts organizations.  During the semester you and your fellow classmates will pick up where the Spring 2017 class left off by recruiting effective partners and mapping assets towards the larger goal of creating a community development plan involving local arts and artists.  This section includes a day trip early in the semester to Lanesboro, MN in order to witness how a community effectively utilizes the arts in community development.  Credits: 3; Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 300-04 W 5pm-8pm Serving the Common Good

TBA NRC 207

Following in the Franciscan tradition and Viterbo value of service, Serving the Common Good gives students experience in civic engagement. Students will participate in activities designed to foster the common good while reflecting on their values and practices of community, servant leadership, and collaboration. Partnerships and collaborations with community partners will allow students to demonstrate a developing competency of community engagement and responsibility.  Credits: 3; Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 300-05 MW 3:35pm-4:55pm Serving the Common Good

Nicole Van Ert BRC 123

Following in the Franciscan tradition and Viterbo's value of service, this seminar asks students to actively participate in civic engagement and connect course content to those experiences. Students will engage in activities designed to foster the common good while reflecting on their values and practices of community, service, and collaboration. Collaborations with community partners will allow students to demonstrate community engagement and responsibility. Students must complete 25 hours or 10 instances of service in the full-semester version of the course.. Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 300-06 R 1pm-3:50pm Serving the Common Good

Melissa Collum BRC 123

“No man is an island, entire to himself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” ~ John Donne

Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and discover your personal potential? Are you willing to expand your knowledge and understanding of the world? Are you able to look into your soul to see what you are made of? CAN you, literally and figuratively, “walk a mile” in someone else’s shoes, to experience a life different than yours? Together we shall discover, via the historic and contemporary lens of citizenship, civil action and courage, that we do not exist for ourselves alone ~we are here for a greater good, not for what it gives us, but of what it enables us to give others…… We shall be reflecting on JFK’s call to “Ask not what your country can do for you...” in The Power of Citizenship: Why JFK Matters to a New Generation, along with using the visionaries of the "Walk out, Walk on" movement to forge our journey. There is no prescribed service project for this course; together we shall discover your strengths and passion thus leading to your path of service.  Credits: 3; Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 300-07 TR 2pm-3:20pm Serving the Common Good

Frank Kroncke MRC 444

Following in the Franciscan tradition and Viterbo value of service, Serving the Common Good gives students experience in civic engagement. Students will participate in activities designed to foster the common good while reflecting on their values and practices of community, servant leadership, and collaboration. Partnerships and collaborations with community partners will allow students to demonstrate a developing competency of community engagement and responsibility. Credits: 3; Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 325-01 T 5pm-8pm The Common Good in the Life of a Christian

Roland Kuhl  NRC 207

The notion of "The common good" originated over two thousand years ago in Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero. Vatican II defined the "common good" as "the sum of those conditions of social life which allow social groups and their individual members relatively thorough and ready access to their own fulfillment." The common good, then, consists primarily of having the social systems, institutions, and environments on which we all must depend and work in a manner that benefits everyone. This course will examine the environments that establish and enhance the common good. Using philosophical principles, ethical theories, and religious traditions, students will learn the utilitarian aspects of the common good while pursuing a just, compassionate, and virtuous worldview. Students must complete 25 hours or 10 instances of service. Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.  This course is approved to co-count as an Integrating Faith and Practice Way of Thinking Course.

 

VUSM 400 Level Courses and Sections

VUSM 400-01 W 5pm-8pm The Ethical Life

Larry Harwood  MRC 348

The Ethical Life builds upon the student's ethical reasoning to examine the role of moral values and to explore real world ethical dilemmas. The seminars may approach ethical living from a variety of perspectives, professions, and disciplines.  Students may not earn credit for more than one VUSM course at the 400 level.  Credits: 3; Prerequisite: Any Serving the Common Good course and any Living in a Diverse World course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 400-02 TR 9:30am-10:50am The Ethical Life

Robyn Gaier  MRC 404

What does it mean to be morally responsible for an action? Is an addict morally responsible while under the influence of his or her addiction? What are the ethical limitations of personal autonomy? In what way, or ways, is physician-assisted suicide different from other instances of suicide? Various answers to these questions are investigated in this seminar. Ethical issues in mental health provide a unique lens through which moral agency, in particular, may be further investigated. Students will develop an understanding of the following ethical theories: deontology, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, and the ethics of care. Additionally, the incarceration of those who suffer from mental illnesses will be a central concern when we examine particular methods of ethical decision-making. Specifically, students will learn how to apply the four-way method of ethical decision-making to particular case studies regarding mental health and, thereby, bridge the gap between both theory and practice.  Students may not earn credit for more than one VUSM course at the 400 level.  Credits: 3; Prerequisite: Any Serving the Common Good course and any Living in a Diverse World course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 400-03 M 5pm-8pm The Ethical Life

Melissa Collum  MRC 404

Are you a passenger on the road of life? Passively gazing out the window, listening to tunes on the radio of someone else’s choosing? Or are you the driver? Plotting a clear course only to get stuck in a traffic jam? Better yet, be a hitchhiker – sometimes driving and other times a passenger, yet always in control of your ultimate destiny.

The course shall aid you in setting your moral/ethical compass for life’s journey. Metaphorically "Walk into a bar with Plato and a Platypus" to uncover philosophical/ethical understandings via jokes, wade through the thought provoking account of Wiesenthal’s, The Sunflower, and run from the paradoxical ethical dilemmas into Stangroom’s “Would You Eat Your Cat?” Our journey shall take you to from the depths of your soul to the expanses of the moral universe all the time preparing you to be a hitchhiker in the world of the unknown.  Students may not earn credit for more than one VUSM course at the 400 level.  Credits: 3;  Prerequisite: Any Serving the Common Good course and any Living in a Diverse World course or transfer student placement.  This Section is approved to co-count as a Philosophical Inquiry Way of Thinking Course.

 

VUSM 400-04 TR 12:30pm 1:50pm The Ethical Life

Chris Rogers  NRC 101

The Ethical Life builds upon the student's ethical reasoning to examine the role of moral values and to explore real world ethical dilemmas. The seminars may approach ethical living from a variety of perspectives, professions, and disciplines. Students may not earn credit for more than one VUSM course at the 400 level.  Credits: 3;  Prerequisite: Any Serving the Common Good course and any Living in a Diverse World course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 400-05 TR 11am-12:20pm The Ethical Life

Jeff Nyseth  MRC 414

The Ethical Life builds upon the student's ethical reasoning to examine the role of moral values and to explore real world ethical dilemmas. The seminars may approach ethical living from a variety of perspectives, professions, and disciplines. Students may not earn credit for more than one VUSM course at the 400 level.  Credits: 3;  Prerequisite: Any Serving the Common Good course and any Living in a Diverse World course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 400-06 M 6pm-9pm The Ethical Life

Tom Thibodeau NRC 101

The Ethical Life builds upon the student's ethical reasoning to examine the role of moral values and to explore real world ethical dilemmas. The seminars may approach ethical living from a variety of perspectives, professions, and disciplines. Students may not earn credit for more than one VUSM course at the 400 level.  Credits: 3;  Prerequisite: Any Serving the Common Good course and any Living in a Diverse World course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 420-01 MW 3:35pm-4:55pm The Ethical Life

Jason Howard and Jeff Nyseth BRC 124

This course concentrates on exploring the different kinds of moral problems that arise in relation to the creation, distribution, communication and consumption of different types of information and forms of entertainment. New forms of media over the last sixty years have changed how we access information, learn about the world, and pursue entertainment. This course investigates problems of manipulation, coercion and deception in relation to advertisement, entertainment, and journalism, exploring the complicated issue of how we might assess questions of moral responsibility within various types of media.  Students may not earn credit for more than one VUSM course at the 400 level.  Credits: 3;  Prerequisite: Any Serving the Common Good course and any Living in a Diverse World course or transfer student placement.

 

VUSM 431-01 T 3:30pm-6:30pm The Ethical Life

William Reese MRC 346

The question "What did Jesus do?" remains the hallmark of the Christian Church's message and identity. "What would Jesus do?" is the major question this course will ask. What are the determined features of the ethical life Jesus modeled and taught?  How do the narratives of the four gospels offer people an ethical foundation?  How can we understand Jesus' ethics in relation to ideas of truth, consequences, fairness, and character? Students may not earn credit for more than one VUSM course at the 400 level.  Prerequisite: Any Serving the Common Good course and any Living in a Diverse World course or transfer student placement.  This course is approved to co-count as an Integrating Faith and Practice Way of Thinking Course.

 

VUSM CAL Level Courses and Sections

VUSM 325-02 8/29 to 10/18 The Common Good in the Life of a Christian

Larry Engel  On-line:  Center for Adult Learning students only

The notion of "The common good" originated over two thousand years ago in Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero. Vatican II defined the "common good" as "the sum of those conditions of social life which allow social groups and their individual members’ relatively thorough and ready access to their own fulfillment." The common good, then, consists primarily of having the social systems, institutions, and environments on which we all must depend and work in a manner that benefits everyone. This course will examine the environments that establish and enhance the common good. Using philosophical principles, ethical theories, and religious traditions, students will learn the utilitarian aspects of the common good while pursuing a just, compassionate, and virtuous worldview. Students must complete 25 hours or 10 instances of service. Students may not earn credit for more than one VUSM course at the 300 level. Prerequisite: any 200-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.  Restricted to Center for Adult Learning students.  

This course is approved to co-count as an Integrating Faith and Practice Way of Thinking Course.

 

VUSM 400 10/24 to 12/13 The Ethical Life

Melissa Collum  On-line:  Center for Adult Learning students only

Are you a passenger on the road of life? Passively gazing out the window, listening to tunes on the radio of someone else’s choosing? Or are you the driver? Plotting a clear course only to get stuck in a traffic jam? Better yet, be a hitchhiker – sometimes driving and other times a passenger, yet always in control of your ultimate destiny.

The course shall aid you in setting your moral/ethical compass for life’s journey. Metaphorically "Walk into a bar with Plato and a Platypus" to uncover philosophical/ethical understandings via jokes, wade through the thought provoking account of Wiesenthal’s, The Sunflower, and run from the paradoxical ethical dilemmas into Stangroom’s “Would You Eat Your Cat?” Our journey shall take you to from the depths of your soul to the expanses of the moral universe all the time preparing you to be a hitchhiker in the world of the unknown.  Students may not earn credit for more than one VUSM course at the 400 level.  Credits: 3;  Prerequisite: Any Serving the Common Good course and any Living in a Diverse World course or transfer student placement.  This Section is approved to co-count as a Philosophical Inquiry Way of Thinking Course.

VUSM 431-02 8/29 to 10/18 The Ethical Life from the New Testament Gospels

Chris Rogers  On-line:  Center for Adult Learning students only

The question "What did Jesus do?" remains the hallmark of the Christian Church's message and identity. "What would Jesus do?" is the major question this course will ask. What are the determined features of the ethical life Jesus modeled and taught?  How do the narratives of the four gospels offer people an ethical foundation?  How can we understand Jesus' ethics in relation to ideas of truth, consequences, fairness, and character? Students may not earn credit for more than one VUSM course at the 400 level.  Prerequisite: any 300-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.  Restricted to Center for Adult Learning students.

 

VUSM 471-01 8/29 to 10/18 Unified Mission Seminar I

Dorothy Lenard   On-line:  Center for Adult Learning students only

This intensive Mission Seminar combines the learning outcomes of the first two of the four Mission Seminars of the university's core curriculum: Franciscan Values and Traditions and Living in a Diverse World. Students must develop an approved service-learning project which they complete in VUSM-472. This service-learning project requires eight sessions or 20 hours of service. Restricted to Center for Adult Learning students. Restricted to students with junior standing or higher.

 

VUSM 472-01 10/24 to 12/13 Unified Mission Seminar II

Dorothy Lenard  On-line:  Center for Adult Learning students only

This intensive Mission Seminar will combine the learning outcomes of the four Mission Seminars of the university's core curriculum: Franciscan Values and Traditions, Living in a Diverse World, Serving the Common Good, and the Ethical Life. Students must complete an approved service-learning project. Restricted to Center for Adult Learning students. Restricted to students with junior standing or higher.