Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Wilson, Michael
Discipline and Number
HUMA 1301 Section HN1
MW Time 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Course Title
Exploration of the Humanities

Description of Course:

This course is available only to students in the CV Honors Program. Registration is through Julia Kacergis only.

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:

Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Sarah: An English Translation
MLA 2008 ISBN 978-1603290272

George Eliot, The Lifted Veil & Brother Jacob
Watchmaker 2010 ISBN 978-1603862936

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature
Penguin 2009 ISBN 978-0141042480

Sigmund Freud, On Dreams
Norton 1990 ISBN 978-0393001440

Plato, Protagoras
Hackett 1992 ISBN 978-0872200944

Plutarch, In Consolation to His Wife
Penguin 2009 ISBN 978-0141042527

George Orwell, Why I Write
Penguin 2005 ISBN 978-0143036357

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality
Hackett 1992 ISBN 978-0872201507

William Shakespeare, The Tempest
Pelican/Penguin 1999 ISBN 978-0140714852

Ali Smith, Girl Meets Boy
Canongate 2009 ISBN 978-1847671868

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

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

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