War: Guilt and Redemption

"Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better"
--Albert Camus

The semester centers around class discussion and reflection on the current "state of the world" through the reading and critical analysis of literary texts and relevant non-fiction articles that share the central theme of war. The study of these texts is complemented by various films and first-hand accounts of individuals affected by war.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
Media Used: 
Documentary: I Know I'm Not Alone by Michael Franti
Current newspaper articles on civil war in the Middle East and Africa
Significant Assignments: 

Literary analysis papers and presentations

Significant Activities or Projects: 

Artistic interpretations of texts - symbolism

Sample PBATs: 
How does war influence the development of a person's character/personality and the life he/she chooses to live? What are the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical casualties of war?
What role does hope play in a person's individual journey towards salvation?
How does guilt affect a person? Is redemption always attainable?