Berkshire Community College (BCC) will offer the following courses at its South County Center in Great Barrington this fall. These courses do not have prerequisites and are 3 credits.
"Special Topics in Literature: the Making of a Region: Southern Literature" (ENG-297A) emphasizes interaction between literature and the social configurations of slavery, traditionalism, agrarianism and the civil rights movement. Classes meet Wednesday, Sept. 7 through Dec. 21, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
"Art and Culture of Asia" (FAS-156) a survey of the arts of India, China, and Japan and their impact on Western culture, discusses the art of painting, sculpture, and architecture, as well as comparisons with the alternative arts of Asia. This course reviews the arts with special attention to the role of religion and philosophy in their development. Lectures and discussions are illustrated by slides and visual materials. Some classes will incorporate participation and experimentation with the particular art. An art background is not required. Classes meet Monday, Sept. 12 through Dec. 19, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
"Comparative Religions" (HIS-225) examines the major religious systems of the world, with attention to their interactions and their common threads. This course covers Christianity in its variants, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism and Taoism, Islam, Judaism, and the belief systems of Africa, North American Indians, and the Greek and Norse religions. Classes meet Thursday, Sept. 8 through Dec. 22, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
"Introduction to Philosophy" (PHL-102) an introductory course, explores basic questions, ideas, and theories concerning the nature of reality, the acquisition of knowledge, ethical behavior, the religious quest, and the human future, primarily as developed in Western thought. Classes meet Thursday, Sept. 8 through Dec. 22, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
"Alternatives to Violence" (PHL-111) a study of some of the origins of societal violence and successful alternatives to violence, includes an introduction to negotiation and conflict resolution techniques. It also includes several field trips to area agencies concerned with violence reduction. Classes meet, Wednesday, Sept. 7 through Dec. 21, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
"Death and Dying" (SOC-228) an examination of death in American society from the perspectives of sociology, psychology, philosophy, religion, and literature. Topics include the meaning of death, the experience of dying, funeral rites, suicide, fear of death, the value of life in American culture, and immortality. Classes meet, Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Dec. 20, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
For more information, or to register, call BCC's South County Center, at 413-528-4521; or 800-816-1233 (in Mass only), ext. 5201 or 5202.