University Studies 210 (3cr)

Section #92270


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HSS 215

Fall, 1999

Instructors: Bruce MacLennan, Ph.D., Alvin Burstein, Ph.D.

Syllabus and Reading List

The purpose of this two course sequence is to engage students in the "Great Conversation," the ongoing exploration of key ideas in the Western tradition. Team taught and discussion rather than lecture based with enrollment limited to twenty-five, the course will explore some of the polarities that characterize the assumptions underlying the Western world view:

Students will be responsible for active participation in the discussion of assigned readings. This is a writing emphasis course. Students will be expected to make weekly posts to a course web page of at least 100 words commenting on the readings and answering questions posed by other students and the faculty. Students will also complete a 2000-word paper during each semester on topics approved by the faculty.

By petition, the sequence can satisfy Part I of the Arts and Sciences Humanities requirement (two course package in literature or philosophical perspectives).



Aug 31: The canon dilemma

Sept 7: Homer, Iliad (Books 1-3, 5-6, 9-10, 16-18, 22-24)

Sept 14: Aeschylus, Agamemnon, Choephoroi, Eumenides

Sept 21,28: Herodotus, Histories (50-57,75-79,132-138,234-239,443-445,460-477)

Oct 5,12: Sophocles, The Oedipus Cycle

Oct 19 Practice Forum

Oct 26,27: Euripides, Bacchae

Nov 2,9: Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War (Book Six and Seven)

Nov 16: Aristophanes, The Birds, The Clouds

Nov 23,30: Plato, Symposium

Dec 7: Final Forum

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