Fall 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course aims to introduce students to the kind of thinking practiced by humanities scholars. We will focus on the premise that the world is made up of signs and may therefore be read as if it were a text. By studying the late nineteenth-century thinkers who began to theorize signs, we will gain a sense of how systems of signification developed and how they continue to be productive for analytic work today.
Roland Barthes, Mythologies (Hill and Wang)
Sigmund Freud, Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (Liveright)
Other texts will be available through the library e-reserve system.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Regular attendance, careful reading of challenging texts, three exams, one paper