CC 301 Introduction to Ancient Greece (Aprile)
Introduces some of the masterpieces of Greek literature that have had an incalculable influence on Western civilization, by such authors as Homer, Sappho, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Plato. Meets UT Visual and Performing Arts requirement. Flag: Global Cultures
CTI 301 Ancient Philosophy and Literature (Dempsey)
In this class, we will read some of the greatest works of Greek tragedy, comedy, and philosophy. We will use them not only to gain a better understanding of classical life, but to explore such issues as justice, politics, virtue, religion and the gods, philosophy, and love. Readings will include Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle, Aristophanes’ Clouds and Birds, and Plato’s Apology, Republic, and Symposium. Flags: Writing, Global Cultures
CTI 310 / ANS 301R History of the Religions of Asia (Brereton)
This course will survey the central beliefs and patterns of life of living religious traditions of Asia. It will focus particularly on the essential texts or narratives of these traditions, on the periods of their origins, and on the concepts of humanity, the world, and the divine that are distinctive of each. Flag: Global Cultures
CTI 310 / CC 302 Introduction to Ancient Rome (Ebbeler)
This course provides an introductory survey of the history of Rome from its origins in the Iron Age (c. 800 BC) to its sack by the Goths in 410 AD., tracing the most important events and historical figures that shaped the history of Rome from its origins as a small city in Italy to its emergence as a world power. Readings from Livy, Virgil, Sallust, and other ancient and modern sources. Flag: Global Cultures
CTI 310 / HIS 309K Western Civilization in Medieval Times (Villalon)
This course will introduce students to the history and culture of that long and vibrant period in the western history known as the Middle Ages, a period extending from roughly 400-1500 A.D./C.E. Topics include the organization of medieval society and economy, the class structure, the warfare that characterized the period, the Church, the universities, and the revival of cities in the late medieval period. Flag: Global Cultures
CTI 310 / MES 310 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (Pat-El)
The goal of the course is to look at the bible as a foundation text of Western culture and investigate its meaning in its historical and cultural environment. The course examines the Hebrew Bible through a wide range of approaches, including source criticism and the historical-critical school. Special emphasis is placed on the Bible against the backdrop of its historical and cultural setting in the Ancient Near East.
CTI 310 / PHL 305 Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (Martinich)
This course investigates four different views on the relation of humans to God—an ancient view according to which God's existence is presupposed; a medieval view according to which God's existence and attributes are subjects for proof and argument; a modern view according to which God exists but reason can teach little about him; and a contemporary view according to which God does not exist and human beings must determine whether life has any meaning. Readings from the Bible, Anselm of Canterbury, Hobbes, and Nietzsche.
CTI 310 / RS 315N Introduction to the New Testament (Friesen)
This course focuses on some of the most influential religious texts in human history, the 27 texts that were included in the New Testament. In addition, we will also read several other ancient texts that did not make it into the Christian Bible. During the semester we will explore the content of these texts, theories about how they were produced, methods used by scholars to interpret them, and conclusions that specialists reach about their significance. In the process, students will also have a chance to reflect on the general nature of human religiosity.
E 314J Classics and Classes (Kaulbach)
How are literary classics made, and what do they themselves make? What is the relationship between the Classics and various classes, or categories, of identity, whether socioeconomic, ethnic/racial, sexual, or generational? A study of great classics and the works they have inspired, with readings from the Bible, Homer, Shakespeare, Chaucer, and others. Flag: Writing.
GOV 312P America’s Constitutional Principles: Core Texts (Buchanan)
Close readings from primary texts that have shaped or that reflect deeply on American democracy, including the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers, Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, and major presidential speeches.
HIS 315K United States 1492-1865 (Olwell)
Survey of United States history from the colonial period through the Civil War, with extensive use of primary sources. Flag: Cultural Diversity
LAH 305-1 Reacting to the Past
“Reacting to the Past” seeks to introduce students to major ideas and texts, using role-playing to replicate the historical context in which these ideas acquired significance. During this semester, students will play three games: “The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C.”; “Confucianism and the Succession Crisis of the Wan-li Emperor, 1587 A.D.”; and “Rousseau, Burke, and the Revolution in France, 1791.” Flag: Writing
PHL 301K Ancient Philosophy
Development of Western philosophy from the pre-Socratics to the early Christian era; emphasis on Plato and Aristotle.
PHL 610QA Problems of Knowledge and Valuation
A survey of the philosophical texts in ancient Europe, India, and China.
TC 302 Comedy, Ancient and Modern (Moore)
In this course we will examine the nature of dramatic comedy and its role in society. We will read, discuss and write about classic comedies from ancient Greece and Rome and from various modern nations, paying particular attention to the following questions: Do comic plays reinforce or challenge the preconceptions of their audiences? How have comic playwrights responded to issues such as class, gender, religion, and politics? Why does comedy have such power both to unite and to divide people?
UGS 302 The Discovery of Freedom (Woodruff)
Visit the cradle of democracy, through the drama and wisdom of the ancient Greek world. Discover how freedom must be shaped by good leaders in order for it to survive. See how tyranny can be spotted and how it can be put to flight. Read great works of theater and philosophy. Have terrific conversations. Readings from Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Plato, and Aristotle. Flag: Writing.
UGS 303 Ideas of the Twentieth Century (Bonevac and Flukinger)
This course will explore the great strides made by such thinkers as Einstein, Freud and Wittgenstein in the 20th Century.
UGS 303 Justice, Liberty, Happiness (T. Pangle)
This course introduces students to the great rival conceptions of the moral foundations and goals of political life, as these have been elaborated by major religious and philosophical works from antiquity to the present.
C C 348 Moral Agency in Greek Tragedy (Dean-Jones)
An introduction to several of the masterpieces of Greek Tragedy, which have had an incalculable influence on Western civilization: Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Euripides’ Iphigeneia at Aulis, and Sophocles’ Philoctetes.
CTI 326 Constitutional Interpretation (Perry)
An in-depth study of one core text—the US Constitution—and its interpretation over time by the US Supreme Court.
CTI 335 / GOV 335 Might and Right Among Nations (Dempsey)
This course consists in a study of major alternative approaches, elaborated by the greatest political theorists, to moral questions in international relations. We will examine the original, foundational philosophic arguments for: the classical republican struggle for and against empire (Thucydides); Christian Just War theory (Aquinas and Vitoria); Islamic Jihad Theory (The Koran and Hadith; Shaybani, Alfarabi, Avicenna, Ibn Khaldun); the moral supremacy of independent national sovereignty (Hobbes); globalizing moral community achieved through commercialization (Montesquieu); and world legal order achieved through international legal organization (Kant).
CTI 335 Nature, Morality, and Law (van Malssen)
This course explores the moral foundations of law and the natural foundations of morality through a series of fundamental readings in moral philosophy. Is there such a thing as man’s innate morality, whether in the form of sentiment, conscience, or instinct? Is morality reasonable? Can law foster true morality, or are the demands of morality and of law necessarily in some tension with one another? Readings from the Bible, Aristotle, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, and Nietzsche.
CTI 335 / PHL 375M Philosophy of David Hume (Sainsbury)
This course will discuss the main themes of Hume's philosophy. We'll read most of books 1 and 3 of the Treatise, the two Inquiries: Concerning Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals, and the Dialogs Concerning Natural Religion. Topics to be covered include: causation, induction, free will, identity, the self, morals and motivation, morals and sentiment, justice, and miracles and other arguments for religious belief.
CTI 335 / GOV 351D Theoretical Foundations of Modern Politics (Stauffer)
This course examines the philosophic origins of modern politics and culture by looking at the works of several authors whose writings played decisive roles in the rise and development of modernity. We will consider the differing views of Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Nietzsche on issues such as 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. Throughout the course, we will reflect of the impact that the revolutionary doctrines of modern political philosophy have had on the political world in which we live. Flag: Ethics and Leadership
CTI 345 Shakespeare on Ambition, Tyranny, and Statesmanship (Thurow)
Despite the ideal of a Cincinnatus, who leaves his farm to lead the state and returns to it as soon as his duty is done, can political greatness realistically be achieved without great ambition? Does great ambition, however, inevitably make the soul tyrannical? What distinguishes the ambitious statesman from the tyrant? This course will examine Shakespeare’s understanding of ambition and its two apparently opposite political manifestations; the tyrant and the statesman. We will read a selection of Shakespeare’s tragedies and histories, examining the myriad of political, theological, and philosophical ideas that he suggests influence the character of ambition and the human response to it.
CTI 345 / FC 349 Fictions of the Self and Others (Wettlaufer)
In this course we will examine representative works from 19th and 20th-century French literature, from Balzac’s Realism of the 1830s to Duras’s post-modern novel of the 1980s. We will consider literature in its relation to history, with special attention both to form and style in the development of narrative, prose poetry and avant-garde theatre. Flag: Writing
CTI 345 / RUS 356-1 The Russian Novel (Pesenson)
The Russian novel represents one of Russia’s greatest contributions to world culture. This course surveys classic authors as well as experimental works from the 19th through the 21st centuries. Students in the course will deepen their understanding of the cultural context for Russian writers from Turgenev, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy through Pelevin and Sorokin. They will gain familiarity with literary movements and genres including romanticism, realism, modernism, and the postmodern as they developed in Russia. We will highlight issues including the relationship of Russia to the West, the question of national identity, and the complex relationship of literature to politics. Flag: Global Cultures
CTI 345 / RUS 360 Leo Tolstoy’s Early Works (Clayton)
This course offers a survey of Tolstoy’s most emblematic early works that paved the way to recognition for the young writer on the Russian literary scene, exploring the literary, aesthetic, philosophical and historical influences and ideas that accompanied and shaped Tolstoy’s first steps as a professional writer.
CTI 345 / RUS 360 Major Works of Dostoyevski (Livers)
CTI 350 Masterworks of World Drama- H (Thurow)
This course will introduce students to the phenomenon of dramatic tragedy and comedy as a mode of philosophic inquiry. Beginning with Aristotle’s Poetics, we will examine select works from the remarkable flourishing of drama in 5th century BC Greece (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes) and Elizabethan/Jacobean England, especially Shakespeare. Through close examination of these texts we will seek to understand the significance of the divide between comedy and tragedy, between the Classical and Elizabethan worldview, and between the written word and the dramatized script. Flag: Writing.
CTI 366 / ECO 357K Marxist Economies (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. Flag: Writing
CTI 370 / HIS 350L Einstein in the Age of Conflicts (Martinez)
Examines the rise of the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics against the stage of international political upheavals in the period from 1880-1945, focusing on conceptual developments and intellectual conflicts in the life and work of Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Werner Heisenberg, and J. Robert Oppenheimer. How did relativity and the quantum clash with earlier conceptions of nature? Why did physics become so apparently difficult to understand? How were the academic and social orders affected by developments in physics? Flag: Writing
CTI 375 / HIS 363K The Bible in Colonial Americas (Canzinares)
This course explores the Biblical roots of the religious and political traditions, architecture and material culture of the various Americas of our forgotten colonial past through the study of primary materials such as the Old Testament and Christopher Columbus’s book of prophesizes. Flag: Global Cultures
CTI 375 / ITC 360 Italian Civilization (Frizzi)
Major works of Italian literature and art from the Middle Ages through the Baroque period, with a primary focus on the Renaissance. Writers and artists discussed typically include such figures as Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Bernini, Castiglione, Tasso, Leonardo da Vinci, Vasari, and Raphael. Flag: Global Cultures.
CTI 375 / AHC 325-4 History of Greece to End of Peloponnesian War (Perlman)
This course surveys Greek history from the palatial period of the late Bronze Age (1600-1200 B.C.E.) through the 'Dark Ages' and into the 'polis' period down through the end of the Peloponnesian War (404 B.C.E.). Includes readings in translation from masterworks of history and literature, such as Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, Thucydides, and Plutarch, with discussion of critical methods for interpreting primary sources. Flag: Global Cultures.
CTI 379 Conference Course
Intensive tutorial study of selected major texts. Individual instruction.
E 320L Major Writers of the Restoration and 18th Century (Garrison)
Surveys more than a century of English literature from the Restoration (1660) to the French Revolution (1789), tracing the literary history of the period by exploring its principal genres and major authors in chronological order. Readings from Addison and Steele, Pope, Swift, Fielding, Johnson, Boswell, and Hume.
E 321 Shakespeare: Selected Plays
A representative selection of Shakespeare’s best comedies, tragedies, and histories. Flags: Global Cultures, Writing.
E 366 Shakespeare: Selected Tragedies
A representative selection of Shakespeare’s tragedies.
FR 326K Introduction to French Literature I: Middle Ages-18C
Introduction to the reading and analysis of major representative texts in the original French, with some attention to their cultural and historical background. Flag: Global Cultures
FR 326L Introduction to French Literature II: French Revolution-Present
Introduction to the reading and analysis of major representative texts in the original French, with some attention to their cultural and historical background. Flags: Global Cultures
GER 346L German Literature, Enlightenment-Present
Major works of German literature, studied in the original German. Flag: Global Cultures
GRK 328-1 Pauline Epistles (L. White)
Reading and analysis of selections from the New Testament, the Septuagint, and related writings, in the original Greek.
HIS 322M History of Modern Science (Martinez)
This course analyzes major developments from the Scientific Revolution of the 1600s until the rise of Big Science in the 20th century. It begins with astronomy and the famous trial of Galileo by the Catholic Inquisition. It includes discussions of major historical events in relation to science, including the Great Plague of 1665, the Eugenics movement, and World War II. Scientific developments covered include Newton’s contributions to physics and their influence, alchemy, the origins and rise of Darwin's theory of evolution, the Scopes Monkey Trial, the origins of Einstein's theories of relativity, and sociobiology.
HIS 334L The American Revolution and the Founding of the US (Forgie)
This course studies the history of the thirteen colonies and the United States during the last third of the eighteenth century, with a concentration on the origins, nature, process, and effects of the American Revolution. Specific topics include: American colonial society in the mid-eighteenth century, the French and Indian war, the collapse of the colonial system in British North America, the War for Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, the launching of the national government, and the beginnings of American party politics. Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history. Flag: Cultural Diversity
HIS 350R Debating the American Revolution (Olwell)
ITL 326L Introduction to Italian Literature II: 18th C-Present (Bini)
Introduction to the reading and analysis of representative texts in the original Italian, with some attention to cultural and historical background. Flag: Global Cultures
LAH 350 The Rhetoric of Great Speeches (Carver)
This course is an introduction to the art of rhetoric and to some of the great speeches of the Western tradition. It opens by tracing the ancient Greek ideal that the hero must be accomplished on the battlefield as well as in the assembly, a doer of deeds but also a speaker of words. We will read and analyze speeches from the Iliad and Odyssey as well as those from Xenophon and Thucydides, Plato, and Euripides. Following a brief look at the place of rhetoric in the Roman Republic and early empire, we will read famous, and perhaps not so famous, speeches, literary and historical, from the Renaissance forward, from Henry V's St. Crispin Day speech to those by Churchill, President Kennedy, and Barbara Jordan, with special attention to Lincoln’s great Gettysburg Address.
PHL 329K History of Ancient Philosophy (Hankinson)
Development of Western Philosophy from the pre-Socratics to the early Christian era; emphasis on Plato and Aristotle.
PHL 329L Early Modern Philosophy: Descartes-Kant (Seung)
A survey of modern philosophy, covering Descartes, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.
SOC 379M Sociological Theory
Critical examination of major sociological theories and their relevance to current research and social conditions.