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Special Topic Classes Offer Unique Learning Experiences 

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Charles Cammack 

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5/10/2012 

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Courses range from C.S. Lewis to Sexuality and Scripture.

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Taking generals and major-related classes can sometimes be, well, rather mundane. Students spend a considerable amount of time with the same students and learn from the same professor. Continuity can be good, but sometimes a change of pace is welcomed. This fall, Southern is offering a couple of classes that are sure to pique students’ interest:
 

English Department

C.S. Lewis – Marcus Sheffield

This class is a survey and critical study of the literature of C. S. Lewis. Major fictional work, his autobiography, and theological works are selected for study from the post-conversion period of Lewis’s life. Critical literary theorists and primary source authors are examined in connection with the literature. The course will focus on issues of faith and on literary techniques as demonstrated in this popular 20th century authors’ various literary genres.
 

School of P.E., Health and Wellness

Food Preparation – Leslie Evenson

This is a course designed to develop understanding, skills, and philosophy regarding healthy food preparation including breads, cereals, salads, entrees, soups, and desserts. A vegan/vegetarian perspective will be emphasized.

“I really try to encourage the students to be creative, make the dish [their] own creation, try different things. Everybody at some point burns stuff,” Evenson said.

Food Preparation is currently full but if anyone is interested in taking the class, Records and Advisement suggests students check again in the fall for any openings.
 

School of Religion

Sexuality and Scripture – John Nixon

This is an introductory course exploring the theology of sexuality in both the Old and New Testaments. Sexuality and Scripture is a study of the principles of Christian sexuality in a biblical counter-cultural context as a challenge to the sexual thought and values of contemporary society. It includes the study of sexual ideologies and practices both religious and secular, the assumptions behind them, and results impacting physical, mental, and spiritual health and happiness.

“This is a class where we try to take on the relevant contemporary issues, and we do not dodge the difficult topics,” Nixon said. “We foster an atmosphere of mutual respect, a sense of community, and spirituality.”

Sexuality and Scripture is also full, but space may become available in the fall.
 

School of Journalism and Communication

Media and Presidential Election – Stephen Ruf

This topics course will require students to closely follow the news and events leading up to the general election for president of the United States in November. Special emphasis will be given to the role of the news media. Students will learn to analyze print and broadcast reports for balance, fairness, and relevance.

“Every four years we have the opportunity to have this class,” Ruf said. “One of the main goals is to help students understand the role of journalism in a democracy.”

For additional information on these and other courses offered, visit https://www.southern.edu/apps/CourseSchedule/default.aspx.

 
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Special Topic Classes Offer Unique Learning Experiences
by Charles Cammack
May 10, 2012

Taking generals and major-related classes can sometimes be, well, rather mundane. Students spend a considerable amount of time with the same students and learn from the same professor. Continuity can be good, but sometimes a change of pace is welcomed. This fall, Southern is offering a couple of classes that are sure to pique students’ interest:
 

English Department

C.S. Lewis – Marcus Sheffield

This class is a survey and critical study of the literature of C. S. Lewis. Major fictional work, his autobiography, and theological works are selected for study from the post-conversion period of Lewis’s life. Critical literary theorists and primary source authors are examined in connection with the literature. The course will focus on issues of faith and on literary techniques as demonstrated in this popular 20th century authors’ various literary genres.
 

School of P.E., Health and Wellness

Food Preparation – Leslie Evenson

This is a course designed to develop understanding, skills, and philosophy regarding healthy food preparation including breads, cereals, salads, entrees, soups, and desserts. A vegan/vegetarian perspective will be emphasized.

“I really try to encourage the students to be creative, make the dish [their] own creation, try different things. Everybody at some point burns stuff,” Evenson said.

Food Preparation is currently full but if anyone is interested in taking the class, Records and Advisement suggests students check again in the fall for any openings.
 

School of Religion

Sexuality and Scripture – John Nixon

This is an introductory course exploring the theology of sexuality in both the Old and New Testaments. Sexuality and Scripture is a study of the principles of Christian sexuality in a biblical counter-cultural context as a challenge to the sexual thought and values of contemporary society. It includes the study of sexual ideologies and practices both religious and secular, the assumptions behind them, and results impacting physical, mental, and spiritual health and happiness.

“This is a class where we try to take on the relevant contemporary issues, and we do not dodge the difficult topics,” Nixon said. “We foster an atmosphere of mutual respect, a sense of community, and spirituality.”

Sexuality and Scripture is also full, but space may become available in the fall.
 

School of Journalism and Communication

Media and Presidential Election – Stephen Ruf

This topics course will require students to closely follow the news and events leading up to the general election for president of the United States in November. Special emphasis will be given to the role of the news media. Students will learn to analyze print and broadcast reports for balance, fairness, and relevance.

“Every four years we have the opportunity to have this class,” Ruf said. “One of the main goals is to help students understand the role of journalism in a democracy.”

For additional information on these and other courses offered, visit https://www.southern.edu/apps/CourseSchedule/default.aspx.

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