Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Description
Instructor
Wilson, Michael
Discipline and Number
HUMA 1301 Section HN1
Day
TR Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Course Title
Exploration of the Humanities

Description of Course:

THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS IN COLLEGIUM V ONLY; REGISTRATION IS THROUGH THE CV OFFICE.

This General Education Core course (Honors section) serves as an introduction to the humanities in the western tradition. We will read, examine, and discuss works of philosophy, literature, and visual culture. Our readings will lead us to discuss some of the central questions of the humanistic tradition: What does it mean to be human? How are we to order our experience, our interactions with others, and our society? What is the relation between art and life? Our ultimate goal will be to achieve an understanding of the value of the humanities for both a liberal arts education and our culture.

Required Texts:

Jane Austen, Lady Susan
Melville House 978-1935554356

Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen (trans. L. Varese)
New Directions 978-0811200073

Sigmund Freud, On Dreams (trans. J. Strachey)
Norton 978-0393001440

Plato, The Symposium (trans. A. Nehamas & P. Woodruff)
Hackett 978-0872200760

Francoise Sagan, Bonjour Tristesse (trans. Irene Ash)
Harper Perennial 978-0061440793

Seneca, On The Shortness of Life (trans. C. D. N. Costa)
Penguin 978-0143036326

William Shakespeare, The Tempest
Pelican Shakespeare 978-0140714852

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Class participation (includes attendance); daily informal writing assignments; 5 short papers

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