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

Spring 2011

Lower-division Courses

CC 301 Introduction to Ancient Greece (Dean-Jones)
Introduces some of the masterpieces of Greek literature that have had an incalculable influence on Western civilization. Readings from Homer, Sappho, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Plato. Meets UT Visual and Performing Arts requirement, carries Global Cultures flag.

CTI 301 Ancient Philosophy and Literature-Honors (Dempsey)
Studies classical philosophy and literature, primarily from ancient Greece, to explore fundamental questions about human nature, justice, ethics, and humanity's place in the cosmos. Readings include one or more masterpieces of epic or tragedy and one or more dialogues of Plato. Flags: Writing, Global Cultures

CTI 303/GOV 314 Competing Visions of the Good Life (Abramson)
Introduces the great rival conceptions of the moral basis and goals of political life as elaborated by revolutionary thinkers throughout the history of political philosophy, including Aristotle, Aquinas, Locke, late modern critics of the Enlightenment, and others.
Flags: Ethics and Leadership

CTI 304 The Bible and its Interpreters (Gardner)
A close reading of extensive selections from both the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, with special attention to fundamental questions raised in the texts, accompanied by selections from major interpreters of those passages from different religious and philosophical schools of thought.

CTI 304/SOC 308 Judaism and Christianity in Sociological Perspective (Regnerus)
This course is an introduction to both the shared and distinctive traits and texts of Judaism and Christianity and describes their historical divergence in the first century CE. The course will also highlight Jewish-Christian relations, perspectives about the modern nation of Israel, and current demographic patterns of each religion.

CTI 310/PHL 301K Ancient Philosophy (Koons)
An introduction to the political ideas and theories of the ancient Greeks and Romans, with readings from Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine of Hippo, Thucydides, and the Sophists. Course includes a role-playing game adopted from the "Reacting to the Past" program.

CTI 310/HIS 309L Western Civilization in Modern Times (Boettcher)
Survey of European civilization since the fifteenth century, discussing discuss such issues as political authority and political liberty, the emergence of scientific thinking and religious tolerance, the genesis of revolution, market economies, genocide, and globalization. Readings from major primary sources including Luther, Rousseau, de Tocqueville, Arendt, and others.
Flags: Global Cultures

GOV 312P America's Constitutional Principles: Core Texts (Dana Stauffer)
Close readings from primary texts that have shaped or that reflect deeply upon American democracy, including the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers, and Tocqueville's Democracy in America.

GOV 312P America's Constitutional Principles: Core Texts-Honors (Gregg)
Close readings from primary texts that have shaped or that reflect deeply upon American democracy, including the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers, and Tocqueville's Democracy in America.

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. Flags: Cultural Diversity

LAH 305 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." Flags: Writing

PHL 301L Early Modern Philosophy (Proops)
An introduction to the philosophical achievements of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, concentrating on such figures as Descartes, Hume, and Kant.

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.

RS 313 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (Patel)
The Hebrew bible (the Old Testament) is a foundation text of Western culture and was subject to many interpretations for over 2000 years. The goal of the course is to look at the Bible as a text and investigate its meaning in the context of its historical and cultural setting in the Ancient Near East. The course examines the Bible through a wide range of approaches, including source criticism and the historical-critical school.

RS 318 Rise of Christianity (White)
An introduction to the origins and development of Christianity from the earliest days of the Jesus sect in first century Judea through the second century, when it emerged as a religion of the Roman empire. The course is designed to acquaint students with the sources, issues, and methods of studying this historical development. In addition to secondary readings in historical backgrounds and critical analysis, the primary sources for the course will be the New Testament writings themselves.

UGS 302 Classics in American Autobiography-W (Jones)
Considers several classic American autobiographies and evaluates them as historical texts and as literature.

UGS 303 Justice and the Human Good (Devin Stauffer)
Explores questions about the meaning and status of morality in political life, the relationship between the community and the individual, and the strengths and weaknesses of different kinds of political orders.

Upper-division Courses

CC 340: Greeks and Persians (Gates-Foster)
What made Greek civilization so distinctive? An exploration of the east vs. west theme through readings from Herodotus, Plutarch, Arian, and others.

CC 348 Classical Revenge
In this class we'll explore and discuss Western classical revenge drama and its the social, political, and psychological aspects. Questions of tradition and transformation will be central to our exploration of these themes. We will focus on Attic tragedy and the plays of Seneca and will then briefly consider the reception of Senecan revenge tragedy in early modern British drama and in contemporary film.

CTI 326/GOV 379S Regime Perspectives on American Politics (Tulis)
This is a seminar on American politics and culture that attempts to understand how all the important forces shaping American political life fit together as a whole. To achieve this synoptic view-and to help us see our own society with fresh eyes-we will examine American democracy through the perspective of three consummate "outsiders": the Anti-Federalists, the French observer Alexis de Tocqueville, and the African-Americans who fought for abolition and voting rights.

CTI 335/AMS 321 African American Social and Political Thought (Marshall)
This course will explore the insights of some of the greatest African-American minds and assess their value as a resource for contemporary political reflection. How do African American thinkers understand the nature, possibilities, and limits of political life in the U.S.? Do the visions they articulate affirm the purposes of the American polity or reject them in favor of new ones? Readings from Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, and others. Flags: Cultural Diversity

CTI 335/GOV 351C Classical Quest for Justice (Devin Stauffer)
What is justice? What are its demands as a virtue of individuals? What is its status as a guiding principle of domestic politics and as a restraint or standard in times of war? In this course we will consider these fundamental and enduring questions of political philosophy primarily through a careful study of two of the masterpieces of classical antiquity: Plato's Republic and Thucydides' Peloponnesian War. Flags: Ethics and Leadership

CTI 335/GOV 335 Empire and Modern Political Theory-W (Gregg)
This seminar examines core concepts of modern political theory--reason, progress, sovereignty, property, freedom, and rights--as developed in and through reflections on interactions with the non-western world. This year's version of this seminar will focus on Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778), the great Romantic thinker whose political thought influenced the French elite that guided the French and American Revolutions; who championed the deeply modernist forms of subjectivity and introspection; who advocated the education of the whole person for citizenship; and who contributed to the genre of the sentimental novel that encouraged the idea of human rights.

CTI 335/PHL 354 The Origins of Liberalism (Martinich)
This interdisciplinary course begins with the religious and political history of the seventeenth century (which includes the Gunpowder Plot, the Long Parliament, the English Civil War, the Rump Parliament, the execution of King Charles I, the establishment of the Commonwealth, the restoration of the Monarchy, the Exclusion Crisis, the Rye House Plot, and the Glorious Revolution.) Then some crucial works in political philosophy by some of the greatest political philosophers in history, such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke will be discussed, as well as two of John Milton's political writings and selections from other political and literary works.

CTI 335/GOV 335 Rousseau and Nietzsche (L. Pangle)
A close reading of major works of Rousseau and Nietzsche, aimed at understanding these thinkers' radical critique of the modern rationalist project of reforming politics and society.

CTI 345/ITC 349 Boccaccio's Decameron (Eibenstein-Alvisi)
A close reading of Boccaccio's masterpiece, the Decameron in English translation. Through the analysis of its 100 tales and their relationship to the characters who narrate them, we will discuss how Boccaccio (1313-1375) explores the basic elements of the human condition-love and desire, power and politics, virtue and fortune-while at the same time exposing the ambiguities of language and the pitfalls of representation. Flags: Writing

CTI 345 Literary Classics of the Western World (Zimic)
A study of major works from classical Greece to the present.

CTI 345/AMS 370 Literature of Black Politics (Marshall)
Examines the novels, plays, and critical essays of Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison, three of the greatest American writers, as works of democratic political theorizing and political engagement. Flags: Cultural Diversity, Writing

CTI 345/LAH 350 Our Lives in Fiction (Carver)
In this course we will explore the hypothesis that human beings have and continue to create and recreate themselves through the telling of stories.  While we tell stories for many reasons--pleasure, escapism, will to power, and so forth--one of the principal reasons, or so the course posits, is to find out what is significant, what is praiseworthy, what is it we should value and why. Readings from Cervantes, Dickens, Dostoevsky, Flaubert, and others.

CTI 351/HMN 350 The Idea of the Beautiful - Hon (Thurow)
Classical philosophical discussions of the idea of the beautiful (or noble or sublime), illustrated through selected works of art, drama, and literature. Explores the human perception of and response to beauty and its relation to such ideas as happiness and the promise of happiness, moral nobility or selflessness, and the divine. Philosophical works are studied in connection with examples drawn from the arts and are considered in their historical contexts.

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? Flags: Writing

CTI 370/GOV 355M The Origin of Species and the Politics of Evolution (Prindle)
Darwin's Origin of Species is one of the two or three most influential science books ever published. But unlike other science books, The Origin is also of profound political importance. We will explore the political debates and upheavals unleashed by this book among scientists, between proponents of evolution and proponents of creationism or intelligent design, and in the political arena.

CTI 375/ANS 372 Self-Cultivation in Traditional China (Sena)
How does one transform oneself into a better person? This question lies at the heart of the philosophical and religious traditions of pre-modern China, including Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. In this course we will examine ideas and practices in Chinese culture related to self cultivation as they are represented in writings drawn from a wide selection of philosophical, religious, and occult traditions and texts. Flags: Writing

CTI 375/ARH 364 Art and the City in Renaissance Italy (Johns)
Explores the development of art and architecture in major Renaissance city-states, especially Florence, Venice, and Siena, placing the works in the context of  the unique culture of each city and social and political settings-whether civic, ecclesiastic, monastic, palatial, or private-in which they functioned and to which they contributed.

E 314J Literature and Religion (Squires)
A exploration of the problem of evil through an examination of contrasting literary depictions of the Devil. Readings from Marlowe, Milton, Blake, O'Connor, Rushdie, and others.

E 321 Shakespeare: Selected Plays
A representative selection of Shakespeare's best comedies, tragedies, and histories. Flags: Writing, Global Culture

E 358J The Bible as Literature (Kaulbach)
In-depth literary study of the Bible, with emphasis on the formal features of narrative, hymn, prophecy, apocalypse, gospel, and epistle; also includes readings from major works of literature that draw inspiration from or comment upon Biblical passages studied. Flags: Writing

FR 326K Intro to French Literature I: Middle Ages-18C (Bizer)
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

F 326L Intro 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

GOV 335M Natural Law Theory (Budziszewski)

GRC 323E Arendt and De Beauvoir (Wilkinson)
What does it mean to be a woman and an intellectual? This course focuses on major works by two women who helped define the field in the mid-twentieth century, the French writer Simone de Beauvoir and the German-Jewish-American Hannah Arendt. It looks at questions of gender, public and private, and the relationship of individual experience to thought.

GK 324 The Life of Themistocles (Perlman)
Readings from Plutarch, Thucydides, Herodotus, and Aristotle in the original Greek.

HIS 322C Cultural History of World Science to 1622 (Hart)
Presents a cultural history of science (broadly defined) from ancient times to the seventeenth century, focusing on reading primary sources in translation and understanding these texts in their cultural context. Readings from Aristotle, Galen, Euclid, Ptolemy, Liu Hui, Al-Tusi, Avicenna, Paracelsus, Galileo, and Xu Guangqi.

HIS 322M History of Modern Science (Martinez)
The history of science and its place in society from the time of Newton to the present. Beginning with astronomy and the famous trial of Galileo by the Catholic Inquisition, it examines 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 343G Italian Renaissance 1350-1550
Introduces the political, social, economic, and cultural phenomena that made the Italian peninsula such a lively place between 1350 and 1550. Drawing on a range of primary source readings, we will analyze continuity and change in many realms of human experience. Emphasis will be placed upon the "recovery of learning" and its effect on areas ranging from religion and gender, to economics, technology, and art. Readings from Alberti, Machiavelli, Castiglione, and others.

HIS 350L Creation
This senior-level, writing-intensive seminar examines interpretations of Genesis 1-3 in the premodern world. By reading authors from Plato to Galileo, and by considering a variety of religious traditions, students investigate the rich variety of responses to the idea of Creation. In conversation, students explore together the implications of arguments about Creation for early developments in western theology, science, and philosophy.

HIS 362G Marx and Western Marxism (Matysik)
This course introduces students to the writings of Karl Marx and his western intellectual successors. It will treat the nineteenth-century context of European industrialization and democratization in which Marx formulated his thought, as well as his theoretical and philosophical legacy. Readings from Marx, Rosa Luxemburg, Georg Lukács, Walther Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Antonio Gramsci, Jean-Paul Sartre, Louis Althusser, Juliet Mitchell, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, and Slavoj Žižek. Flags: Writing

HIS 362G Spinoza and Modernity (Matysik)
This course will introduce students to the core of Spinoza's explosively controversial seventeenth-century philosophical writings as well as to exemplary responses to him in the centuries since his time. We will examine Spinoza's refusal of a transcendent god or ideal as well as of the mind-body dualism so prominent in western thought, understanding along the way the unique intellectual modernity he made possible.
Flags: Writing

ITL 326K Introduction to Italian Literature: Middle Ages-18th Century (Raffa)
Readings from Dante, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Galileo, and others in the original Italian.

LAT 323 Horace's Odes (Galinsky)
A close reading of Horaces's great poems in the original Latin.

LAT 365 Seneca (Ebbeler)
A close reading of two of Seneca's most gripping and influential tragedies, Medea and Thyestes, in the original Latin.

PHL 329K History of Ancient Philosophy (Jeffrey Leon)
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.

PHL 366K Existentialism (Higgins)
Existentialism and its relationship to literature, psychoanalysis, and Marxism.

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