HIS 309L • Western Civilization in Modern Times-Plan II-W
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
This course surveys culture, society, and politics in the "West" from 1492 to the present. Topics include Europe in the world, discovery and selfdiscovery, revolutions (political, religious, scientific, and so on), and "civilization" and its critics. Fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing.
1) (25% each) 2 short papers (5-7 pages each). 2) (30%) comprehensive final exam (format to be decided). 3) (20%) participation in regular Friday discussions
In the past, readings have included: Coffin and Stacey, Lerner and Meacham, WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS, vol. II Brophy, Epstein, et al., Al. PERSPECTIVES FROM THE PAST Joseph Conrad, HEART OF DARKNESS (Norton Critical edition) Arthur Koestler, DARKNESS AT NOON Primo Levi, SURVIVAL IN AUSCHWITZ Recommended reading on reserve There will be occasional reading on reserve. Recommended: Diane Hacker, A POCKET MANUAL OF STYLE. "Lawrence of Arabia", "Apocalypse Now"