Classes Without Quizzes 2017

Friday, October 20 | 3:30 p.m.
 Various campus locations

What could be better than taking interesting classes from your favorite professors? Not having to take tests or pay tuition! Join Wofford faculty and staff on Friday afternoon for an enlightening learning session, no strings attached! Registration will occur on a first come, first served basis. You will be notified of the location of your class the week of Homecoming.

A Walk through Colonial South Carolina- Dr. Phillip Stone
Only a century separated the founding of the Carolina colony and the American Revolution, but those 100 years were tumultuous. What were the major events in the early years of South Carolina history, and how did the state become established? We’ll try to see what characteristics were established in that era that remain with us today.

Climate Change: How Scientific Evidence Differs from Commonly Held Beliefs- Dr. Terry Ferguson
This class will present the key scientific evidence that currently exists for climate change. It will discuss why there is almost unanimous agreement on the part of climate scientists that almost all of the current climate changes are due to human activity. It will discuss commonly held beliefs about climate change and their relevance to understanding and addressing the problems associated with climate change.

Donald Trump's First Year as President and the Current Course of American Politics – Dr. Robert Jeffrey
A discussion of the first eight months of the Trump Presidency, prospects for the future, and the present state of American politics.

Due Process and Daily Decisions- Dr. John Fort
We will discuss how to use legal concepts of due process to be “fair” and not arbitrary and capricious. We will discuss how to make fair decisions and the limits of a perfect system. We will discuss Lon Fuller’s eight ways to fail to make laws from The Morality of Law (Yale U. Press 1964), and separation of powers as to making, enforcing, and adjudicating laws. We will also discuss zero tolerance policies and final decisions without discussion (I am right and I do not care what you say)

Globalization- Dr. Frank Machovec
Who wins? Who loses? How can we ameliorate the pain? Worldwide, do losers outnumber winners? : The false claims of ‘oppression’ dogmatists.

How to Communicate Well with the People of China – Dr. Li Qing Kinnison
Do you have personal experiences (successful or not) communicating with Chinese people? Are you curious why there is so much misunderstanding between the Chinese and Americans? Are you interested in understanding some basic Chinese cultural ideologies (such as face)? If so, this class is for you. The class will start with anecdotes and stories to illustrate such miscommunication/misunderstanding. Then we will discuss some basic Chinese ideologies and cultural differences.

Medieval Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela: Then and Now – Dr. Peter Schmunk
Professor Schmunk has walked portions of the medieval pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela in Spain on four different occasions. He has led students on a travel interim there and plans to walk the entire 500-mile route in the fall of 2018. In a course for alumni, he will discuss this once-again popular activity both from a historical perspective and from the personal point-of-view of his own recent experience

Power, Influence, and Leadership- Dr. John Lefebvre & former Spartanburg mayor Bill Barnet
Power can be defined as the ability to act or produce an effect. From a social perspective, it is the possession of control, authority, or influence over others. But how is power achieved, how is it maintained, and how is it lost? This Class Without Quizzes will present two views. First, we will examine Niccolò Machiavelli’s views on power as outlined in his famous work The Prince. Second, psychological research has described how power is conferred, abused, and how it is eventually revoked. Using a science café format, there will be a discussion of how these views compliment and contradict each other. The course will also emphasize the practical applications derived from our discussion.

Urban Legends- Dr. Ryan Johnson
Urban legends are woven into the fabric of our culture. Almost everyone has heard them, and almost everyone has told them. In this class we will see how urban legends fit into the greater body of folklore, oral tradition, and storytelling. We will also see how to recognize and debunk the untrue, while appreciating that entertainment and truth may not go together. If you have heard stories about gang members who flash their headlights at drivers, giant Volkswagen-sized catfish swimming around nuclear plants, or the “granddaddy long-leg” spider’s potent venom, this class is for you!

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