Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course provides an overview of the history of American thought, including philosophy, social thought, religion, and political thought, over the past 150 years. Issues examined include: Darwinism and evolutionary thought; conflicts between religion and science; philosophical pragmatism; the rise of social science; cultural relativism; the evolution of liberalism and conservatism as bodies of political thought; ideas about race, gender, and multiculturalism. Readings will include both primary writings of intellectuals from the period studied and the secondary writings of historians interpreting the development of American thought. Authors read will include: William James, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Thorstein Veblen, W.E.B. DuBois, John Dewey, Margaret Mead, Daniel Bell, Thomas Kuhn, Martin Luther King, and Betty Friedan.
Texts being considered for required readings include:
David Hollinger and Charles Capper, eds., The American Intellectual Tradition, 6th edition, Vol. II 1865-2000
Daniel Borus, Twentieth-Century Multiplicity
David Hoeveler, The Postmodern Turn
Edward Larson, Summer for the Gods
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Attendance and participation in class discussion; 2 papers based on interpretation of class readings(3-4, 6-8 pp.); 6 short reading responses.