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Summer 2014 Wroxton Courses

Four courses are being offered this summer two by Merrimack faculty and two by Fairleigh Dickinson University faculty. Students choose two, one from Merrimack faculty, and one from FDU faculty to earn up to 7 Merrimack credits.

FAA2630: Art of the Middle Ages Nancy Kay, Ph.D. Visual & Performing Arts, Merrimack College

Fulfills a Humanities distributional requirement, an Arts & Literature requirement or a History requirement in the LS Core. Also fulfills a requirement towards a Jewish, Christian, Muslim Relations Minor.

This course will explore the art and architecture of medieval England through a series of important themes. We will begin by looking at maps, travel literature, Books of Hours, and medieval Jewish and Muslim manuscripts in order to understand the medieval sense of place, time & encounters with “the other”. We will then explore our own place while learning more about the Abbey, cloisters and the origins of Christianity in England. From there, we’ll venture out to other ecclesiastical sites such as churches & cathedrals to learn more about medieval architecture and the beautiful objects that filled these spaces. We’ll also visit cities 2 and castles to learn more about royal treasures, arms and armor, artistic production and education. We’ll conclude by visiting Canterbury to learn more about travel and pilgrimage in the middle ages. If possible, we will also visit the outstanding collection of medieval art in London’s British Museum and Library. 


RTS3780: Charles Darwin, Evolution, and Creationism - Warren Kay, Ph.D. Religious & Theological Studies, Merrimack College

Fulfills a second Religious & Theological Studies institutional requirement, or a requirement towards a Science & Religion Minor. Also fulfills a Historical Studies requirement in the LS Core.

This course examines the biological theory of evolution in the light of religious claims about the bible, God, and creation, separating the scientific content of the theories from religious and philosophical biases that often distort the conclusions that can be drawn from them. To that end we will study the historical development of the theory of evolution through a study of the life and legacy of Charles Darwin, and examine the scientific and religious reaction to those theories, not only in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but also recent reactions and developments, both scientific and religious.

The purpose of this course, as in all my courses, is to educate, not indoctrinate. Thus, it is my hope that this course will perform two functions. First, it should be informative concerning the life and work of one of the founders of modern biology. But this course should also help dispel certain myths about evolution and the relationship of Christianity (or religion) to biological evolution, allowing students to formulate more informed personal opinions concerning current events such as the well-publicized court cases attempting to take evolution out of public school curricula, as well as the rationality of religious faith.

INTER3430: Anatomy of Contemporary Britain, Prof. Nicholas Baldwin, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Fulfills a Social Science Requirement in the LS Core

A special 3 credit inter-disciplinary program intended as a helpful companion to finding oneself not only in a foreign country but also in a foreign culture. It has been specially designed to introduce the student to the environment and life-style of Britain today, and to set these in their necessary context. Common use of ‘English’ language in both the United States and Britain often conceals essential differences that exist in culture and in attitudes. These differences will be identified and explored through the study of a variety of topics both in the classroom setting and outside. Students will be encouraged to focus their own observations in order to deepen and broaden their understanding of Britain, its inhabitants and its culture, and to do so in a way that will enable them to reflect more fully upon their own country, culture and ‘way of life’. Just because things may be - indeed are - different, does not make them, by virtue of that fact alone, either ‘better’ or ‘worse’ than what individuals are used to and find comfortable within their own home environment. ‘Different’ should not be a value judgment. There are reasons why differences occur, reasons why things are the way they are. It is the task of the student to pinpoint these reasons, to ascertain why. In doing this, one will be able to come to an awareness - and greater understanding - of Contemporary Britain. 

ART 101:The Wide and Universal Theatre Pam Mason & Keith Parson, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Fulfills a General Elective

Course outline: The course will be structured around three performances, preferably seen in three different theatres.

The primary focus will be Shakespeare, but the choice of play will depend upon what is being presented in England in July.

The theatre visits will be supplemented with analysis of still pictures, audio and video recordings and archive material.