"Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better"
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
Documentary: I Know I'm Not Alone by Michael Franti
Current newspaper articles on civil war in the Middle East and Africa
Literary analysis papers and presentations
Significant Activities or Projects:
Artistic interpretations of texts - symbolism
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?