Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Ingrao, Peter
Discipline and Number
HUMA 1301 Section 001
MWF Time 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Course Title
Exploration of the Humanities

Description of Course:

Intended to introduce students to the connections between various fields of studies in the humanities, this section of HUMA 1301 will apply an interdisciplinary approach to the presentation and analysis of both ideal and flawed communities: utopias and dystopias. How do the concepts of "utopia" and "dystopia" reflect our human experience? Our dreams and fears? How have utopian and dystopian models changed over time, and how do these changes reflect our interactions with one another and society? How do the concepts of utopia and dystopia apply to the individual as well as to society? During this semester this theme will be discussed by examining the dialogue between philosophy, fiction, film, and popular culture with the aim of understanding the value of the humanities.

Required Texts:

Plato, Republic
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde

Films such as Metropolis, Blade Runner, and The Dark Knight will also be incorporated.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Three exams
Short essay
Class discussion

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