RCHUMS 340 - 4 Interdis Std
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior/senior standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will compare and contrast the presentation of several ideas that have fundamentally redefined Western man’s concept of himself in the last 100 years as reflected in four different disciplines (political science, philosophy, theology, and psychology) and three literary genres (drama, novel, and short story). These ideas center upon the rise of the totalitarian state, the emergence of “psychological man,” and the destruction of the concept of God as well as of all absolute value systems.

  • How do the styles of each discipline and genre differ according to the writer’s aim and intended effect upon the reader?
  • Can we isolate and describe the particular techniques (discursive and metaphoric) used, respectively, by the political scientist, philosopher, theologian, and psychologist to explain and convince?
  • In particular, how does literature as a genre differ from the four other disciplines in its function as a “living laboratory” for the exploration of and experimentation with new visions of the self and society?

  1. Literature and Psychology: Psychoanalysis in the Short Story. Theories of psychosexual development and the father-son conflict. Texts by Freud, Kafka.
  2. Literature and Theology: The Irrational in the Novel. Man’s religious, mystical impulse in conflict with the logic of science and the demands of rational self-interest. Texts by Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky.
  3. Literature and Philosophy: Existentialism in the Novel. Nihilism and the concomitant destruction of Christian morality and the Western concept of self. Texts by Nietzsche, Sartre.
  4. Literature and Political Science: Communism and the Drama. The ethics and psychology of communist revolution and terrorism. Texts by Marx, Lenin, Brecht, Sartre.

Two examinations and one term paper required.

 

RCHUMS 340 - 4 Interdis Std
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
27214
Open
17
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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