Fall 2013 - 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:

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:

Jane Austen, Lady Susan
Melville House (2011) 978-1935554356

Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen, trans. Louise Varese
New Directions (1970) 978-0811200073

Jenny Erpenbeck, Visitation, trans Susan Bernofsky
New Directions (2010) 978-0811218351

Sigmund Freud, On Dreams [The Standard Edition], trans. James Strachey
W. W. Norton (1990) 978-0393001440

Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates [3rd edition], trans. G.M.A.Grube
Hackett (2001) 978-0872205543

Seneca, On the Shortness of Life, trans. C. D. N. Costa
Penguin (2005) 978-0143036326

William Shakespeare, The Tempest [The Pelican Shakespeare]
Penguin (1999) 978-0140714852

Additional readings will be available electronically.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

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

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