RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 005 Social Criticism
Term: FA 2008
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
Course Note:
Enrollment in RCCORE 100 is limited to incoming Residential College students.
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SWC Writing Assessment. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

It has been said that the practice of social criticism is as old as human society, that there have always been men and women who have stood against the status quo in the name of a higher ideal or a set of moral principles. This course examines the function of social criticism as well as the role of the individual social critic in both the ancient and modern contexts. In exploring the various forms social critics have chosen to present their ideas, including political manifestos, philosophical works, plays, poetry, and so forth, we will also consider the broader questions surrounding the relationship between the critic and his or her society.

  • Must the critic stand in complete opposition to society?
  • Must the critic be a member of the society that she is critiquing?
  • Where must the critic stand in relation to power?
  • How have critics dealt with the possibility of alienation, exile, or even death in retribution for their ideals?
  • What is the difference between those critics who look to the past — to tradition — for their standards as opposed to those who look to the future?
  • How have the practice of social criticism and the positionality of the critic been engaged with issues of race, class, gender, political orientation and national origin?

Finally, we will also touch on the role social criticism and social critics have played in generating movements for social and political change as well as on the hotly debated topic of whether violence is ever a morally permissible form of criticism.

Possible texts include, King’s, “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Thoreau’s, “On Civil Disobedience,” Plato’s Defense of Socrates, The American Declaration of Independence and the events surrounding John Brown’s attack on Harper’s Ferry; Aristophanes’ The Clouds, the Book of Jeremiah, as well as contemporary materials drawn from music and the visual arts.

RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
15329
Open
1
1RC Ugrd
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MTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
15330
Open
4
4RC Ugrd
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:30PM
003 (SEM)
P
16796
Open
1
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
18187
Open
3
3RC Ugrd
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
005 (SEM)
P
18188
Open
5
5RC Ugrd
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
006 (SEM)
P
18189
Closed
0
 
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Th 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Tu 11:00AM - 1:00PM
007 (SEM)
P
18190
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
M 7:00PM - 9:00PM
008 (SEM)
P
18191
Open
2
2RC Ugrd
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
009 (SEM)
P
18192
Open
3
3RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
010 (SEM)
P
18193
Closed
0
1RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
011 (SEM)
P
24868
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
012 (SEM)
P
21400
Open
1
2RC Ugrd
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
013 (SEM)
P
28216
Open
8
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
014 (SEM)
P
20107
Open
3
3RC Ugrd
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
016 (SEM)
P
23908
Open
2
2RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
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