Essential Questions

  • How do we define the term "Monster"? How do we react to and/or interact with Monsters in our society?
  • If truth is difficult to prove in history, does it follow that all versions are equally acceptable?
  • In what ways might social, political, cultural and religious factors affect the types of human science research that are financed and undertaken, or rejected?
  • Is science, or ought it to be, value free? What implications does your answer have for the regulation of science? Considering the fight over Intelligent Design vs. Evolution (as well as Research Scandals), who should decide whether particular directions in research are pursued?
  • Is mathematics invented or discovered?
  • Picasso said, "Art is a Lie That Tells the Truth." Considering our reading of Grendel, to what extent do you agree with that statement?
  • To what extent do the different ways of knowing and areas of knowledge influence the values adopted by individuals and societies?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Grendel Ch. 4 & 5

October 23

Please read Grendel Chapters 4 & 5.
In Chapter 4, the Crab is intended to represent the concept of Dualism or Good vs. Evil. Do you agree?

In Chapter 5, The Dragon is intended to represent Nihilism or Materialism. Do you agree?
Please use quotes to support your answer. be prepared to discuss the week on Oct. 26-31.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

In Class Essay

October 21

Using your notes and addressing specific discussions we have had in class, please answer the following question.

If truth is difficult to prove in history, does it follow that all versions are equally acceptable?

Monday, October 13, 2008


October 14

Please take a few minutes and comment on the Cheques activity we did in class. As you reflect upon your role as a Historian, what did you learn about the discipline? What are the strengths and weaknesses of gaining Knowledge through the study of History?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Grendel Ch. 3

October 7
Please answer the following question on your blog.

What can Grendel Chapter 3 inform us about how we study History? Please use specific quotes from the chapter to support your argument.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Extended Essay

October 6-10
Be prepared to submit a rough draft of your Extended Essay on October 10th. You must turn in one to your supervisor and submit one to me as a Google doc on October 10th to pass EE for the term.