Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Description
Towner, Theresa
Discipline and Number
HUMA 1301 Section: HN1
TR Time: 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Course Title:
Exploration of the Humanities


Intended to introduce students to various fields of study within the humanities, this section of HUMA 1301 will examine the question of what constitutes an honorable life.


Available at the UTD Bookstore, Off Campus Books, and commercially, these editions of the course texts are REQUIRED:

Robert Fagles, tr. Sophocles: The Three Theban Plays (Penguin)
Marcus Aurelius, The Meditations (Penguin)
Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings (Overlook)
James Bowman, Honor: A History (Encounter)
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms (Scribner)
William Shakespeare, Othello (Signet)
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (Penguin)
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Scholastic)


Students will keep a formal, ongoing reading journal of responses to course assignments and issues, which will be due twice during the semester; in addition, students will take one in-class examination and produce a final project constituting a meditation on or expression of their personal conception of honor. Each of these four major elements will count as 25% of the student’s course grade. I expect regular attendance and active participation from each student; the quality of those elements will settle any questions of borderline course grades.

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