An interdisciplinary humanities course that examines the history and culture of Detroit.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
- Topic listed below.
This Colloquium explores the city of Detroit as a landmark of industrial development, labor activism, and cultural complexity. The course focuses on distinctive individuals, significant institutions, and artistic achievements central to the evolution of Detroit through the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.
- Describe a particular social, scientific, or aritistic problem within a variety of contexts.
- Evaluate the commentary of classmates, as well as the remarks of not only the assigned instructor but visiting lecturers within a seminar context.
- Analyze the organizing principle of the Colloquium within both historical and contemporary frameworks.*
- Compose an essay that includes a detailed summary, explicit interpretation, and rigorous evaluation of at least one of the seminiar's principal texts.
Assessment and Requirements
- 1,500 word (minimum) seminar essay
- A minimum of four in-class essays and/or journal commentaries
- Final exam
The Honors Colloquium is organized by a member of the Honors faculty around a humanities theme. Typically, the convener enlists participation of other faculty from across the College to present guest lectures on an overarching theme. Students are exposed to a wide variety of faculty and diverse topics, as well as teaching styles, through:
- Lectures on the context and themes given by various HFC faculty speaking in their areas of expertise and special interest
- Classroom discussion
- Reading assignments
- Site visits to area exhibititions, performances, etc.