Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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

Description of Course:

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.

Required Texts:

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)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

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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