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CRI Courses

The Castle Rock Institute currently offers four core courses. They aim to provide a theme-based introduction to four traditional sub-disciplines of the Humanities: Studio Art, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and English.

Intended for sophomores and juniors in college, these courses are 300-level. This means they are generally more advanced than most introductory college courses, but since they do not have formal prerequisites, the courses are also appropriate for students with no experience in the academic disciplines represented.

Listed here are brief course descriptions and links to sample syllabi from past sessions (in .pdf format).

Visual Processes and Products
This is a studio art course where students develop an awareness of creative visual forms, and learn the intellectual and material processes involved in producing artistic works. The course pays special attention to the impact of humanistic dispositions upon the creation of art. This course employs a variety of media, but emphasizes ceramics. (sample syllabus)

Philosophical Perspectives on the Humanities
This course examines how basic concepts of philosophy illuminate important themes in the Humanities such as love, chance, happiness, freedom, and utopia. Selected readings may be drawn from Ethics, Aesthetics, Epistemology, Metaphysics, the Philosophy of Religion, and the Philosophy of Language. Special attention is given to current philosophical problems. (sample syllabus)

Religion and Culture
Working with materials drawn from religions around the world, including indigenous traditions, this course studies how religious beliefs and practices both shape and are shaped by culture. It seeks to elucidate the diverse relationships between religious phenomena and broader anthropological patterns of human life. This course is explicitly cross-cultural. (sample syllabus)

Literature and Values
This course concentrates on human values as reflected in literary texts from various times and places. With attention to different genres of literature, it aims to open new paths of inquiry and insight into the complexities of human experience. This course, particularly, requires students to develop their writing skills. (sample syllabus)

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