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2012-2013 Academic Catalog 
2012-2013 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


In the tutorial every entering student explores a topic of interest to the student and the instructor in a small group, discussion-intensive setting. The objectives of the tutorial are to illuminate methods of inquiry rather than to cover topics comprehensively, focusing particularly on writing, critical reading, oral communication, and information literacy skills. In addition, the tutorial initiates the process of planning for a liberal education at Grinnell through advising conversations between students and their instructors. By promoting close working relationships between tutorial instructors and their students and by combining the roles of instructor and academic adviser, the College provides students with academic advisers attuned to the interests and abilities of their advisees.

A tutorial (4 credits) is required of all students who enter Grinnell as first-year students and of all transfer students below third-year student standing whose previous work does not qualify them for an exemption. A student must complete the tutorial with a grade of C or higher to meet the tutorial graduation requirement and to be eligible to enroll in a “Plus-2” or independent project. Students who receive a D or F in the tutorial must earn a grade of C or better in a course designated or approved by the dean’s office as Intensive Writing (IW).

Tutorials are offered only in the first semester.

The following tutorials are offered in 2012–13:


A. Our Prairie Town: Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives (Andelson)

B. Castles, Foundations, Freedom: Walden and the Liberal Arts (Andrews)

C. (En)visioning Nature (Brown)

D. Industrial Design (Byrd)

E. Imbibing the Spirits: Drinking in the Ancient World (Cook)

F. The Mobile Phone and Human Values (Davis)

G. Crisis, Liberation, Justice and Leadership (Drake)

H. Knowledge, Skepticism and Science (Fennell)

I. The Sports Mirror: How Sports Reflect the Good and Bad of Our Culture (Freeman)

J. Numbers (French)

K. The Black Athlete: Changing 20th Century Society? (Hamilton)

L. Family Tragedy in Literature (Harrison)

M. CSI Grinnell: Forensic Files (Hernandez-Soto)

N. Taking Comedy Seriously (Hutchison)

O. Late Victorian Fantasies (Jacobson)

P. War and Peace: Conflict in the Modern World (Johnson)

Q. Culture Jamming (Kaufman)

R. The Ancient Greek World (Lalonde)

S. Bad Words (McIntyre)

T. Humanities 101: “The Ancient World: Homer and Fifth-Century Athens” (Mease)

U. The Deed of Word (Mercado)

V. Coping with Climate Change: How Science, Political and Ethics Interact (Moyer)

W. Art Activism (Pérez)

X. Fitting into your Genes: How Modern Genetics has Changed our View of Humanity (Praitis)

Y. Books: Past, Present, and Future (Purcell)

Z. The Role of Social Science in Informing the Criminal Justice System (Ralston)

AA. Do Ya Wanna Dance? From Rock to Hip Hop (Roberts)

BB. Music, Mind, Machine (Rommereim)

CC. Will the Lights Go Out Forever? Is there a Solution to Our Energy Needs? (Sharpe)

DD. Infinity and Paradox (Shuman)

EE. Booked: Crime and Punishment in Literature (Simpson)

FF. Curious Cats, Dominant Dogs, and Conscientious Chimpanzees: How the Study of Animal Personality Informs the Study of Human Personality (Sinnett)

GG. The Illness Experience Across Cultures (Tapias)

HH. Engineered Humans: A Study in Technology and Literature (Tjossem)

II. The Politics of Counting (Trish)

JJ. Fairy Tale and Fantasy in Russian Literature and Culture (Vishevsky)

KK. Representations of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. Media (Youssef)