Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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

Description of Course:

Enrollment in this course is restricted to students in Collegium V; students must enroll through the Honors Program office.

This general education core course serves as an introduction to the humanities in the western tradition. We will read and discuss works of philosophy, literature, and cultural criticism. 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:

Dante, Vita Nuova (trans. M. Musa)
Oxford UP 2008 978-0199540655

Jane Austen, Lady Susan
Melville House 2011 978-1935554356

Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen (trans. L. Varèse)
New Directions 1970 978-0811200073

Bertolt Brecht, The Threepenny Opera (trans. R. Manheim & J. Willett)
Penguin 2007 978-0143105169

Sigmund Freud, Three Case Histories
Touchstone 1996 978-0684829456

Michel De Montaigne, On Friendship (trans. M.A. Screech)
Penguin 2004 978-0141018867

Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates (trans. G.M.A. Grube)
Hackett 2001 978-0872205543

Marie Riccoboni, The Story of Ernestine (trans. J. H. Stewart & P. Stewart)
MLA 1998 978-0873527866

Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice
Samuel French 2008 978-0573662447

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway’s Party
Mariner Books 2004 978-0156029322

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

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

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