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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2003

HIS 309L • Western Civilization in Modern Times-Plan II-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36235 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
GAR 109

Course Description

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.

Grading Policy

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"


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