Courses Offered - Winter 2015
|Humanities 1002 - Six Texts That Changed the World . |
Six Texts That Changed the World is a study of six texts which have helped shape the world
we live in. Current texts were are reading are Aeschylus' Eumenides, Plato's Republic,
Descartes' Meditations, Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Nietzsche's Genealogy
of Morality, and Beckett's Waiting for Godot. The course is designed to develop the
skills of reading, writing, and interpreting.
|Humanities 2100 - Special Topics: Writing, Reading, Interpreting.. |
Special Topics: Writing, Reading, Interpreting (Winter 2015) is a seminar course which
focuses on developing your abilities as a writer. Does your writing have stylistic control?
Does it have intellectual force? How well do you develop your ideas? Because of our
intense focus on your writing, the volume of required reading will be kept to a minimum. We
will engage in a close reading of one core text: Plato's Republic. This focus will allow you to
develop your own interpretative judgement through writing multiple short papers in several
drafts. Significant class time will be reserved for the discussion of your writing.
|Humanities 2101 - Special Topics: Six Women Who Changed the World.. |
We will focus on six women whose ideas had lasting influence: early feminist Mary Aspell,
Czarina Alexandra of Russia ("the divine right of kings"), Margaret Thatcher, Mother Teresa,
Indigenous activist and Nobel Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu. We will also introduce other
female figures of significance.
|Humanities 3010 - The Nature of Interpretation . |
The Nature of Interpretation introduces students to central concepts and debates concerning
the nature of meaning and interpretation as they pertain to music, literature, the visual arts,
and various other phenomena (e.g., religious experience, pop culture). Students will gain
familiarity with contemporary and historical approaches.
|Humanities 3101 - Special Topics: Hegel's Social and Political Thought.. |
This seminar will focus on the social and Political thought of G.W.F. Hegel. An important
divide in contemporary social-political thinking exists between liberals and communitarians.
Early in the 19th c., with great foresight, Hegel had already seen this 20th c. division
developing and he thought it problematic. His own thinking unites these sides. We will
reflect on his synthesis, with particular attention to his work The Elements of the Philosophy