GTBOOKS 191 - Great Books
Fall 2014, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: Great Books Program (GTBOOKS)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, FYWR
Other:
Honors, WorldLit
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GTBOOKS 201 or CLCIV 101.
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-Year students in the Honors Program.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course provides students an introduction to some of the most influential ancient texts of the western tradition as well as the rudiments of college-level writing. The narratives of Homer, the Bible, tragedy, and fifth-century prose furnish the subject matter for a series of small exercises and larger drafted essays to guide students through the practice and refinement of specific skill-sets of writing. With the help of oral and written feedback from section leaders and peers, students will learn critical reading and writing skills which are essential to success in the advanced stages of their academic programs as well as their later professional lives.

The "Greek classics" and the narratives of the Old Testament highlight Physical, Intellectual, and Moral Struggles: of the individual against self, society, Others, and gods; of the city against its neighbors, as well as against its people and even its own ideals; of the ideal against the reality. These texts have endured for thousands of years as the basis of "the canon" of western literature because their picture of the human condition resonates, particularly in times of conflict and uncertainty. GTBOOKS 191 will thus regularly reflect upon these works’ continued relevance to our own times. In addition to becoming better readers and writers, students will acquire practice in conducting respectful yet rigorous debate, a broader cross-cultural understanding, and an appreciation for ancient literature’s timeless relevance to contemporary political and cultural issues.

Course Requirements:

Attendance and Participation: 15% Students are expected to attend lectures and sections, contribute to discussion, and compose brief answers or statements of four to five sentences on a specific question or topic announced in lecture.

Writing Exercises: 20% Students will receive credit for completing eight one-page writing exercises due throughout the term. Although they will not be graded, each of these exercises is worth 2.5% (for a total of 20%) provided they adequately address the assignment and are submitted on-time. A description of each exercise can be found posted on CTools.

Formal Papers: 40%

Midterm (Thursday, October 30; 1 hour): 10%

Final (Thursday, December 13; 1:30-3:30): 15%

Class Format:

Lecture and discussion

Schedule

GTBOOKS 191 - Great Books
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
11679
Open
75
 
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TuTh 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Note: STUDENTS ARE AUTO-ENROLLED IN LECTURE WHEN THEY ELECT A DISCUSSION.
002 (DIS)
 In Person
11680
Closed
0
2LSA Hnrs
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WF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
11681
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
11682
Open
1
1LSA Hnrs
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WF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
006 (DIS)
 In Person
11684
Open
3
3LSA Hnrs
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TuTh 7:00PM - 8:00PM
007 (DIS)
 In Person
11685
Closed
0
1LSA Hnrs
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WF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
008 (DIS)
 In Person
11686
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
009 (DIS)
 In Person
11687
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5
5LSA Hnrs
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WF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
010 (DIS)
 In Person
11688
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0
1LSA Hnrs
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM
011 (DIS)
 In Person
11689
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2
2LSA Hnrs
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WF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
012 (DIS)
 In Person
11690
Open
3
3LSA Hnrs
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WF 1:00PM - 2:00PM
013 (DIS)
 In Person
11691
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0
 
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WF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
014 (DIS)
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11692
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1LSA Hnrs
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:00PM
015 (DIS)
 In Person
11693
Open
1
1LSA Hnrs
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WF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
016 (DIS)
 In Person
11694
Closed
0
1LSA Hnrs
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WF 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Textbooks/Other Materials

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