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Identity: the Search for Meaning

AS DEFINED BY ERNEST BOYER in COLLEGE: THE UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA, p. 98

"Ultimately, the aim of common learning is the understanding of oneself and a capacity for sound judgment. Knowledge is significant when it shows us who we are as individuals and citizens, and touches the hopes and fears that make each of us both unique beings and a part of corporate humanity. Sound judgment at its best brings purpose and meaning to human lives.

Who am I? What is the purpose of life? What are my obligations to others, and what are theirs to me? The answers to these questions are notoriously elusive, but the questions are impossible to avoid. They are an essential part of an integrated core, a part of the search for identity and the quest for meaning."

AS DEFINED BY OTHERS

Professor Ed Cell

AREAS THAT FALL INTO THIS CATEGORY

    1. Philosophy
    2. Consciousness Studies
    3. Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
    4. Cultural Studies
    5. Sociology
    6. Theology
    7. Ethics
    8. Personality Studies
    9. Social Psychology
    10. Religion and spirituality
    11. Genealogy
    12. Critical Thinking
    13. Decision Studies and Theories
    14. Theories of justice and the philosophy of law
    15. Volunteerism
    16. Motivation
    17. Human Nature
    18. Humanistic Psychology
    19. Psychoanalysis
    20. Meditation

 

Examples of some UIS COURSES THAT MEET THIS CATEGORY

(there are many other courses that could be in the identity category, but these are some of the ones many students have used in the past)

Online

On Campus

LIS 499: Independent study of special topic

PHI-315 Comparative Philosophy of Religion (3)

LIS-458 ECCE Memoirs Across Cultures. (Global Awareness) (4) (also language category)

PHI-301 Critical Thinking (4)

PHI-316 Continental Philosophy (3) (also heritage category)

PHI-401 Logic (4)

PHI-434 Aesthetics (4) (also art category)

PHI-436 Contemporary American Political Philosophy (4) (also institutions category)

PHI-440 Ethics (2)

PHI-441 Moral Theory (2)

PHI-447 Rationality and Moral Choice (3)

PHI-448 Moral Values in Political Philosophy (4) (primarily for philosophy majors, but you may enroll)

PHI-453 Person, Identity, and Dignity (4)

PHI-471 Philosophy of Science (4) (also nature category)

PHI-472 Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology (4)

PHI-473 Philosophy of Mind (4)

PHI-481 Philosophy of Language (4) (also language category) (PHI-453 or PHI-471/472/473 is the prerequisite)

PHI-482 Metaphysics of Things (4) (PHI-401 or PHI-471/472/473 or PHI-434/453/481 is the prerequisite)

PSY-322 Child Development (4) (also nature category) (intro to psychology, which is PSY-201, is the prerequisite) (you need to get permission from the psychology department before you’ll be allowed to register, so they can keep most of the seats for their department’s students and just allow a few LIS students into this class when the psychology students haven’t filled it up.)

PSY-323 Adolescence (4) (also nature category) (intro to psychology, which is PSY-201, is a prerequisite) (you need to get permission from the psychology department before you’ll be allowed to register, so they can keep most of the seats for their department’s students and just allow a few LIS students into this class when the psychology students haven’t filled it up.)

PSY-326 Family Psychology (4) (also nature category) (intro to psychology, which is PSY-201, is a prerequisite) (you need to get permission from the psychology department before you’ll be allowed to register, so they can keep most of the seats for their department’s students and just allow a few LIS students into this class when the psychology students haven’t filled it up.)

SWK-333 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (4)  (also nature category)

SOA-426  Teen Talk (4) (also institutions category)

ENG-340  ECCE English Topics Course: Latino / Latina Literature (U.S. Communities) (4) (also language category)

 

LIS 499: Independent study of special topic

COM-468 Persuasion (4) (also language category)

SOA-302 Understanding Other Cultures (4) (also institutions category)

PHI-401 Logic (4)

PSY-323 Adolescence (4) (also nature category) (intro to psychology, which is PSY-201, is a prerequisite) (you need to get permission from the psychology department before you’ll be allowed to register, so they can keep most of the seats for their department’s students and just allow a few LIS students into this class when the psychology students haven’t filled it up.)

PSY-339 Psychology of Gender (4) (also nature category) (intro to psychology, which is PSY-201, is a prerequisite) (you need to get permission from the psychology department before you’ll be allowed to register, so they can keep most of the seats for their department’s students and just allow a few LIS students into this class when the psychology students haven’t filled it up.)

SWK-333 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (4)  (also nature category)

 

 

WEB SITES THAT APPLY

Editorial about colleges ignoring the question, "why are we here?"

The Krishnamurti Foundation of America.

Beliefnet and the Belief-o-matic test.

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Nicomachean Ethics at the Internet Classics Archive.

The International Bonhoeffer Society.

Social Psychology Network.

National Institute of Mental Health.

James Boyle's 2000 essay, Universalism, Justice and Identity Politics.

Theories of Patriarchy by Lindsey German.

Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe's chapter about Eve and the Identity of Women.

Online psychological tests.

Mathew A. Foust's essay on William James and Pragmatism.

Discussion of Habits of the Heart by Martin E. Marty, University of California Press, John Atlas, and Robert Bellah.

Alfred North Whitehead.

Idries Shah, Sayed Idries el-Hashimi.

Mahatma Gandhi.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

The Positive Psychology Center.

The Purpose Driven Life.

The Meaning of Life website.

Revised 09/07/13 by ejhi