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Spring 2012

Core Texts and Ideas

Qualifying Courses

Spring 2012

Lower-division Courses

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. 
Flag: Ethics and Leadership.

CTI 304 The Bible and its Interpreters (Gardner)

This course will aim at wide-ranging familiarity with the Jewish and Christian Bibles, and with the dominant modes of ancient, medieval, and early modern biblical interpretation; we will pursue this aim through extensive reading of the scriptures themselves and some of their most influential exegetes. In short, we will consider what has been meant historically by calling the Bible "the Word of God." Flags:  Writing, Global Cultures.

CTI 310/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. UT Core requirement:  Visual and Performing Arts.  Flag:  Global Cultures.

CTI 310/CC 302 Introduction to Ancient Rome (Moore)

The aim in this course is to gain a fuller understanding of Rome-its similarities to, and its differences from, us-in order to understand better who we are, both as humans and as modern descendants of the Romans. Readings from Vergil, Petronius, Plautus, Terrence, and modern historians. Flag:  Global Cultures.

CTI 310/RS 312C/ANS 301M Introduction to Buddhism (Freiberger)

A structural and historical overview of Buddhism through the examination of various schools, doctrines, biographical narratives, and contemporary ethical issues.  Flag:  Global Cultures.

CTI 310/HIS 317N/EUS 306 Reason & Its Discontents (Matysik)

Introduces students to themes and methods in the study of European Intellectual History, addressing what it means to read philosophy and social theory in historical context, understanding close reading as historical methodology. The course will concentrate on the modern era (1600-present), examine how reason came to be a dominant and contested category of philosophical inquiry in the seventeenth century, and then follow its vicissitudes into the twentieth century.

CTI 310/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.

CTI 310/HIS 309L Western Civilization in Modern Times (Tribbe)
 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.
 Flag: Global Cultures.

CTI 310/HIS 309K Western Civilization in Medieval Times -Plan II (Frazier)

Surveys the history of the Mediterranean basin and European archipelago from about 300-1500, tracing the emergence of distinctive Latin Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic civilizations, which superseded the classical Greek and Roman ones. We examine how these new civilizations interacted to form western traditions of politics, religion, family structure, law, and economic thought. Readings drawn mainly from primary sources, including Augustine, Anselm, Abelard, Bede, and others. Flag: writing.

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.  UT Core requirement:  U.S. Government.

GOV 312P America's Constitutional Principles: Core Texts-Honors (Dempsey)

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.  UT Core requirement:  U.S. Government.

GOV 312R America's Constitutional Principles: Equality (Theriault) 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.  Special emphasis is given to church-state relations and the experience and perspectives of Roman Catholics as an under-represented cultural group in the United States. UT Core requirement:  U.S. Government.

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. UT Core requirement:  American History.  Flag: Cultural Diversity.

LAH 305 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

An introduction to the philosophical achievements of the ancient world, concentrating on plato and Aristotle.

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

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.

PHL 305 Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion-Honors

UGS 303 God, Sex, Marriage (Regnerus)

UGS 303 Italian Renaissance (Biow)

 

Upper-division Courses

CTI 326/AMS 370/AFR 374D Tragicomedy of American Democracy (Marshall)

Surveys  the foundational ideas and practices essential to the unfolding of American democracy, with three main objectives. First, we will examine the founding documents, public speeches, and private reflections of a wide array of leading and not so leading figures in order to illuminate the developing purposes and imperfect performances of American political life. Second, we will look at the political conflicts which generate and result from the articulation and performances of these purposes. And, finally we will examine tragedy and comedy as forms of civic judgment, which it is hoped will improve our abilities to think more effectively about the past, present, and future of American democratic life.

CTI 335/AMS 321/AFR 374D African American Social and Political Thought (Marshall)

Explores the insights of some of the greatest African-American minds and assesses 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.  Flag:  Cultural Diversity.

CTI 335/GOV 351C Classical Quest for Justice (L. Pangle)

Examines the problem of justice through readings from Homer, Sophocles, Aristophanes, and Plato. First we will explore the challenges posed to political authority by three famous rebels: the hero Achilles, the religious visionary Antigone, and the philosopher Socrates. Then we will read Plato's masterpiece, the Republic, where Socrates creates a "city in speech" that tries to give each claim to authority its due, exploring in the process the question of whether perfect justice is conceivable and whether a perfect political order would even be desirable.  Flag:  Ethics and Leadership.

CTI 335 Jerusalem and Athens-Honors (Dempsey)

A study of the age-old confrontation between Jerusalem and Athens - that is, between the teaching of the Bible and the politics and philosophy of the ancient Greeks.  We will compare the way in which each tradition answered basic questions about morality and politics, including: What is virtue? What is justice?  What is the best political order?  What do we owe our community?  In what manner are we morally culpable or sinful?   What is the role of philosophic thought in the community and in the best individual life?  And above all, can we know, on the basis of human reason alone, how we ought to live?  Or are we in need of divine guidance? Flag: Writing.

CTI 335/PHL 349 History of Medieval Renaissance Philosophy (Gardner)

This course will examine several of the most influential philosophers of the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance (roughly 400-1500 AD) in view of the larger course of Western philosophy (including Jewish and Islamic thinkers, but preponderantly Christian). The authors to be studied will include (subject to change): Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, Abelard, Averroes, Maimonides, Aquinas, Scotus, Ockham, Ficino, and Erasmus or Cusanus.

CTI 335/GOV 335M Early Modern Political Philosophy (van Malssen)

In addition to providing a general overview of early modern political philosophy, this course will offer a close textual analysis of two of early modern political philosophy's most important works: Francis Bacon's New Atlantis and Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan. We will attempt to lay bare the philosophic root from which they sprang and understand the meaning of their authors' new project of bringing philosophy to the "relief of man's estate."

CTI 335/GOV 335M Morality and Politics (Dana Stauffer)

Explores the competing viewpoints of ancient and modern authors on the relation between morality and politics, focusing on Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Hobbes.

CTI 335/HIS 362G/EUS 346/JS 364/RS 357/PHL 334K Spinoza and Modernity (Matysik)

Introduces students to the writings of Baruch Spinoza, the seventeenth-century Dutch-Jewish philosopher of Portuguese descent.  Spinoza's writings have produced such diverse reactions over the centuries.  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, global cultures.

CTI 345/CC 322 topic 4 Ancient Epic (Beck)

Covers the most important epic poems of Greece and Rome.  Texts will include Hesiod, Theogony; Homer, Iliad and Odyssey; Apollonius, Jason and the Golden Fleece; Vergil, Aeneid; and Ovid, Metamorphoses.

CTI 345 Literary Classics of the Western World (Zimic)

A study of major works from classical Greece to the present.

CTI 351The Idea of the Beautiful (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. UT core requirement: Visual and Performing Arts.

CTI 366/MKT 372 Life and Works of Adam Smith (Cox)

Adam Smith is known primarily as the economist who wrote The Wealth of Nations.   However, a more complete understanding of Smith's works reveals that his economic views are widely misunderstood.  This course will examine The Wealth of Nations, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and Lectures on Jurisprudence in the context of the Scottish Enlightenment to achieve a balanced assessment of Smith's economic, moral, and political thought.  Flag:  Writing.

CTI 370/HIS 366N Biology, Behavior and Injustice (Martinez)

Explores interesting episodes in the history of biology, focusing on questions about what aspects of human behavior are essentially determined by biological factors rather than by experiences and society.  Topics include: theories of race, Darwin's works, evolution in schools and U.S. courts, American eugenics and Nazi science, differences between women and men, IQ testing, the controversy about DNA and Rosalind Franklin, studies of twins separated at birth, genetic engineering, ethical issues on cloning animals and humans, biotechnology, the immortal cells of Henrietta Lacks, designer babies, and biology in forensic science. 

CTI 370/GOV 355M 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/ARH 364/ITC 349/EUS 347 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. UT core requirement: Visual and Performing Arts. Flag: Global Cultures.

E 314J Literature and Religion (Squires)

Consists of an historical survey of literary representations of the Devil, from Marlowe's depiction of the Faustian bargain and Milton's fallen angel as epic hero, to the present day. Ending with Salman Rushdie's exploration of the angel/devil dichotomy in the context of globalization and religious extremism, we'll consider how contemporary discussions of fundamentalism and terrorism have shaped our modern understanding of evil.  Flag:  Writing.

E 321 Shakespeare: Selected Plays

A representative selection of Shakespeare's best comedies, tragedies, and histories. Flags: Writing, Global Cultures.

E363 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 by his contemporaries.

E 366K Shakespeare:  Selected Tragedies

A representative selection of Shakespeare's tragedies.

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. Flag: Global Cultures.

FR 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. Flag: Global Cultures.

FR 358 18th Century French Novel (Pagani)

A study of of literary masterpieces from the eighteenth century. We will examine the degree to which shifts in the basic frameworks of understanding the passions and the emotions necessitated changes in the ways that the personal experiences of fictional characters were both narrated and evaluated.  The course concludes with readings by French Enlightenment writers.  Our focus here will be on the degree to which political concerns and the desire to utilize literature as a vehicle for social and political change resulted in a dramatic re-evaluation of the genre.  Readings from Prevost, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Laclos.

GOV 335M Intellectual Origins of the American Founders (Budziszewski)

Discussion of controversial readings about politics, history, economics, ethics, religion, and law that provide an intriguing way to enter into the minds of the men who began the new nation and to discover the intellectual influences that impacted thinkers like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton.  Flag: Writing.

GOV 335M Religion in American Political Thought (Budziszewski)

Study of a large number of sources, mostly primary, from the colonial period to the present, discussing issues of: whether faith should be enforced and whether revolution is consistent with the law of God; the meaning of the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; historical controversies, such as the Civil War, war in general, and racial justice; and the quarrel between secularism and its critics.  Flag: Writing.

HIS 322M History of Modern Science (Hunt)

Study of 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 350L Thomas Jefferson and His World (Olwell)

Examines writings of Jefferson and other documents from his time in their cultural and historical context. 

ISL 372 Arabian Nights (Ali)

ITL 326K Introduction to Italian Literature: Middle Ages-18th Century (Raffa)

Readings from Dante, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Galileo, and others in the original Italian.

LAH 350 In Search of Meaning (Adams)

Begins by establishing how what we recognize as western reality came into existence, how the foundation was laid and when.  Contrasting Judeo-Christian reality with other realities-Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam-we will also explore writers and philosophers who reject the institutionally handed down Judeo-Christian reality.

PHL 329K History of Ancient Philosophy (Seung)

Development of Western Philosophy from the pre-Socratics to the early Christian era, with an emphasis on Plato and Aristotle.

PHL 329L Early Modern Philosophy Descartes-Kant (Leon)

A survey of modern philosophy, covering Descartes, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.

PHL 366K Existentialism (Higgins)

Existentialism and its relationship to literature, psychoanalysis, and Marxism.

R S 353 Biblical Prophecy (Pat-El)

Discussion of the general content of the prophetic corpus of the Hebrew Bible and relevant Near Eastern material, with special attention to the different types of prophecy portrayed in the Bible, the social and historical background of the prophet, and the development and maintenance of the prophetic literature. 

REE 325 War and Peace in Russian Literature and Culture (Pesenson)

In this course we will explore the wealth of Russian nineteenth-century literature through a series of shorter works which present the classic authors in their most concentrated form. The range is enormous: stories of penetrating psychological and philosophical analysis, tales of human pathos and social satire, pastoral visions, great love stories, war reportage, annals of carnal vice and religious exaltation. Authors include Pushkin, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoi, Chekhov, and others.

SCA 323-2 Social Dramas of Henrik Ibsen (Hoberman)

This course offers a detailed introduction to Ibsen's social dramas (1877-1899), emphasizing their unity as a prolonged commentary on the society of his era and the variety of its human problems. Themes include: (1) the family, the home, the sphere of private life and their relationship to the public world of reputation, work, and citizenship; (2) the predicaments and choices of men and women in a male-dominated society; (3) health, sickness, and heredity; (4) the origins and risks of various kinds of human creativity; and (5) the motives of interventions into the lives of others.

SOC 379M Sociological Theory

An outline of social theory from the enlightenment to the early twentieth century, with particular emphasis on the social theories of Marx, Durkheim and Weber. 

 


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