Dec 15, 2019  
2013-2014 Academic Catalog 
2013-2014 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 2013–14: 

1. Artists in Love (Anger)

2. Deconstructing Django: Race and Slavery in the American Imaginary (Benjamin)

3. Is Separate Equal? A Reflection on the Impact and Unintended Consequences of Title IX (Benning)

4. (En)Visioning Nature (J. Brown)

5. What Voices for Nature? Environment in Literature and the Arts (Caradec)

6. China and the New Global Economy (Chan)

7. The History of Reading (Cohn)

8. Humanities I: The Ancient Greek World (M. Cummins)

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

10. Got Limits? (Eckhart)

11. A Time To Be Born and A Time To Die: Aging and Social Justice (Erickson)

12. Cinematic Identity: Race, Sex & Gender on Film (Geller)

13. Chess (Gibson)

14. Turkish, German, European: Fatih Akın’s Cinema and Multiethnic Germany (Gueneli)

15. The Dustbowl (Guenther)

16. Art for Life’s Sake: Reading War and Peace in the 21st Century (Herold)

17. Women in Greek Tragedy (Hughes)

18. Late Victorian Fantasies (C. Jacobson)

19. The Ethical Shopper (Jakubiak)

20. Revolutionary Soul Singers: Black Women and Neo-Soul (L. Johnson)

21. Ghost Stories (Kapila)

22. The Language of Color: Practice and Perception in Culture and Art (Kluber)

23. Gothic Vision: Specters of Subversion, Medieval to Now (Lyon)

24. Climate Change: Science, Policy and Ethics (Marzluff)

25. Bad Words (McIntyre)

26. Touring Turing (Mileti)

27. The Person behind the Discovery (Minelli)

28. No Place Like Nowhere: Utopias and Dystopias in Literature and Film (and at Grinnell) (C. Moisan)

29. Film and Philosophy (Neisser)

30. Almost Heaven: West Virginia (Paulhus)

31. Music and Beauty (Perman)

32. “Just of Another Kind”: Autism as Neurodiversity (Savarese)

33. Staging Revolution: Theatre and the Case for Universal Human Rights (Thomas)

34. The War on Drugs (Tracy)

35. Virtue in Animal and Machine (Weinman)

36. The Isolation and Connectedness of Human Life (Wickramasekara)

37. Making a Difference in the Fight Against Global Poverty (Willis)