CULTURAL ANTHROPOL- OGY – THE MAYA (SPRING) While Europe languished in the Dark Ages, the Maya of Meso- america built a complex and far reaching civilization. This inter- disciplinary course will look at the Maya from many different perspectives including: art, archi- tecture, history, mythology, sci- ence (including astronomy and mathematics) and language. Many activities will be hands-on, meaning students will be actively and personally exploring and experiencing the culture of the Maya. For example, we’ll use our ceramics studio to design and fire a plate in the Maya style. Finally, we will examine how the coming of the Spanish impacted the Maya and since there are millions of Maya living today, we’ll see how they’re faring as the region experiences globalization.
REVOLUTIONS IN THREE COUNTRIES (SPRING) The twentieth century saw many dramatic political changes. This course will focus on the role 20th century revolutions played in shaping the identity of nations and in setting the stage for contem- porary world relations. In our studies, we will focus on the Russian (Bolshevik) Revolu- tion, the Chinese (Communist)
EXISTENTIALISM – VI- SIONS OF IDENTITY (SPRING) People have debated questions about identity at least as long as they have been able to write books. In this class we will look at two prominent schools of thought involving questions about how individuals relate to society, to each other and to themselves. We will be reading from the major writers in this field, including pas- sages from Kierkegaard, Dosto- evsky, Nietzsche, Tillich, Heideg- ger, de Beauvoir, Fanon, Satre, Barthes and Foucault. Addition- ally, we will study films, poetry and modern art in depth using the theories of these writers. The reading for this class will be diffi- cult but rewarding. We will use films such as Kuro- sawa’s Ikuru, Ray’s The Stranger and Bergman’s Winter Light or Persona, Tarkovsky’s The Sacri- fice and Resnais’ Hiroshima, Mon Amour.
Revolution and the Iranian (Islamic) Revolution as case stud- ies. The course seeks to examine the impact these revolutions had on traditional society, politics, and the spirit of the people. Litera- ture, art, film and historical texts will serve as our sources through- out the term.
Oakwood requires upper school students to take three years of language at the high school level. Students are strongly encouraged to take language throughout their high school career. They are ex- pected to maintain a level of proficiency in order to advance to the next level. A grade of C or higher is required to pass from one course to the next course in the sequence.
Current offerings are French and Spanish. Students are placed ac- cording to their abilities and their knowledge of the designated lan- guage. In the upper levels instruction is exclusively in French or Spanish, and the student is expected to use only the language of in- struction in class.
Each level is a full year/one credit course:
501 FRENCH I
505 SPANISH I
502 FRENCH II
506 SPANISH II
503 FRENCH III
507 SPANISH III
504 FRENCH IV
508 SPANISH IV
509 AP FRENCH
511 AP SPANISH