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Lorraine and Tom Pangle, Co-Directors BAT 2.116, C4100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-6648

Fall 2009

Core Texts and Ideas Qualifying Courses

Fall 2009


Lower-division Courses

ANS 301R History of the Religions of Asia (Brereton)

Basic texts of the major eastern religions studied in historical context. Prerequisites: none.

GOV 312L Issues and Policies in American Government (Dana Stauffer)

Close readings from primary texts that have shaped or that reflect deeply on American democracy, including the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers, and Tocqueville's Democracy in America.  Prerequisite: 24 hours of coursework, GOV 310.

RS 304 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Newman)

This course explores the principal beliefs and practices of Jews, Christians and Muslims and the development of the religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. At the same time, the course will provide an introduction to the field of religious studies by exposing students to some of the interdisciplinary methods used to understand religion as a central component of human culture, including historical methods, the study of ritual, and the study of ideas. Readings for the course will focus on primary sources. Prerequisites: none.

UGS 302 Human Nature and Ethics in Classical Thought-W (L. Pangle)

A close reading of selected ancient masterpieces of literature and philosophy-Homer's Iliad, Plato's Apology and Gorgias, and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics-exploring their related but contrasting views of human nature and their portrayals of exemplary human lives. Prerequisites: none.


UGS 303 Ideas of the Twentieth Century (Bonevac)

Friedrich Nietzsche predicted, correctly, that the twentieth century would be a century of great wars, for the world had lost faith in anything but power.  We will explore the links between the ideas and the events of the twentieth century, reading such thinkers and Nietzsche, Marx, Einstein, Freud, Shaw, Kipling, Yeats, Wittgenstein, Unamuno, Eliot, Forster, Fitzgerald, Ortega y Gasset, Borges, Camus, Orwell, Bellow, Quine, Sellars, and Nozick. Prerequisites: none.


WCV 303/GOV 314 Competing Visions of the Good Life (Dempsey)

Introduces the great rival conceptions of the moral basis and goals of political life as elaborated by revolutionary thinkers in the history of political philosophy, including but not limited to Aristotle, Aquinas, Locke, and one or more late modern critics of the enlightenment.  Prerequisites: none.


WCV 301/HMN 316 Ancient Philosophy and Literature-W (Lorch)

A study and comparison of three different Ancient Greek models of outstanding human virtue and the insights that they afford into the basic problems of human existence: the Homeric hero Achilles, the philosopher Socrates, and the general Xenophon.  In the last part of the semester, we will examine the way in which Aristotle transformed these insights about virtue into the first systematic philosophical treatise about human affairs ever written.  Prerequisites: none.

WCV 303/HMN 316 Scriptures of the World as Literature-W (Bugbee)

A close reading of scriptural writings from the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and scriptures of other major religions.  Central attention will be given to the teachings of these texts on the nature of God and humanity, justice, and moral obligation.  Prerequisites: none.


Upper-division Courses

E 363 The Poetry of Milton (Rumrich)


We will read most of Milton's major poetry and selections from his prose. Approximately a third of the course will be devoted to Paradise Lost. The goal of the course is to inform students about John Milton in his historical circumstances, primarily through study of his poetry and certain of his prose works. Students will also be asked to consider Milton's poems in comparison with similar poems by his contemporaries.

E 379N Homer in Translation-W (Barnouw)

A close study of both the Iliad and Odyssey in English translation. Prerequisite: nine hours of coursework in English or Rhetoric and Writing.

ECO 357K Marxist Economics (Cleaver)

An introduction to the Marxian economic theory of capitalism through the study of Karl Marx's Capital, volume I, and of its contemporary relevance. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

ECO 368 Survey History of Economic Thought-W (Cleaver)

Major texts of economic thought from the 19th Century through the present. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

HIS 345J + HMN 125 The Coming of the Civil War (Forgie)

Lecture and discussion course dealing with the historical conditions that led to the American Civil War.  Special 1-hour additional section devoted to primary texts.  Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.  Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

HIS 350L Thomas Jefferson and his World (Olwell)

Examines writings of Jefferson and other documents from his time in their cultural and historical context. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

REE 325 Major Works of Tolstoy-W (Kuzmic)

Explores the works of Russia's great "seer of the flesh," particularly his progression from idealizing family life and the Russian state to renouncing sexual love and national allegiances. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

WCV 320/AMS 370 The Tragic Comedy of American Democracy (Marshall)

A close study of major texts and documents on issues of rights, equality, and individual liberty in American democracy, with special attention to American's uneven implementation of its fundamental principles. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.


WCV 320/CC 348 Roman Poetry and Philosophy (Moore)

An investigation into a century and a half of classical Latin poetry and philosophy, focusing on how to read it, why its respective authors wrote it, and how its study may be part of an "art of living." We focus on the poets Horace, Catullus, Ovid, and Virgil; and the philosophers Cicero, Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. Prerequisite: thirty hours of coursework.


WCV 320/FC 349 Fictions of the Self and Others (Wettlaufer)

Major works of French literature in translation, with attention to issues of individual self-understanding and the individual's place in the broader community. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

WCV 320/GOV 351C The Classical Quest for Justice (Lorch)

What is justice? What do human beings owe to one another, and what is the best way to organize social and political life so as to support human flourishing? Where should we look for guidance to arbitrate competing claims to political authority? Readings from Plato, Aristotle, and others. Prerequisite: thirty hours of coursework.

WCV 320/GOV 351D Theoretical Foundations of Modern Politics (Devin Stauffer)


Major works of political philosophy that shaped the modern world, focusing on authors of the Renaissance and Enlightenment. Explores these theorists' revolutionary teachings on the aims and limits of politics, the role of morality in the harsh world of political necessity, the proper place of religion and reason in political life, and the nature and basis of justice, freedom, and equality.  Prerequisite: thirty hours of coursework.


WCV 320/LAH 350 Self and Society in Renaissance Culture (Rebhorn)

Introduces students to many of the key concepts that helped to define the European Renaissance and that underlie important debates that continue in our modern world (e.g., the nature-nurture conflict); explores works by some of the best known writers and thinkers of the age, from Petrarch and Boccaccio, through Machiavelli and Montaigne, down to Shakespeare and Molière. Prerequisites: 3.5 GPA and upper-division standing.


WCV 320/LAH 350 The Rhetoric of Great Speeches in History-W (Carver)

Beginning with Homer and proceeding through Thucydides, the Roman Republic, the Renaissance, and the Gettysburg Address to the modern American presidency, this course studies the art of rhetoric and the contrasting ideals of politics and leadership conveyed through the greatest speeches of history.  Prerequisites: 3.5 GPA and upper-division standing.


WCV 320/PHL 349 History of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (Koons)

An examination of the most significant and representative philosophers of medieval Europe, with a view both to their historical significance and their contemporary relevance. Prerequisite: thirty hours of coursework or three semester hours of coursework in philosophy.


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