GTBOOKS 191 - Great Books
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Great Books Program (GTBOOKS)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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:

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

GTBOOKS 191 - Great Books
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
11433
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46
 
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TuTh 9:00AM - 10:00AM
002 (DIS)
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11434
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WF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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11435
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1
1LSA Hnrs
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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11436
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WF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
005 (DIS)
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11437
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2
2LSA Hnrs
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TuTh 7:00PM - 8:00PM
006 (DIS)
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11438
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9
9LSA Hnrs
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WF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
007 (DIS)
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11439
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10
10LSA Hnrs
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
008 (DIS)
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11440
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WF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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11441
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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11442
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12LSA Hnrs
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WF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
011 (DIS)
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11443
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1
1LSA Hnrs
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WF 1:00PM - 2:00PM
012 (DIS)
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11444
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1
1LSA Hnrs
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WF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
013 (DIS)
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29525
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0
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM
014 (DIS)
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29526
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4
4LSA Hnrs
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


Note:
Dear Students, Please purchase all of the books on this list and only in these editions. You can always use Amazon to buy your books online and get them used, in many cases for substantial discounts. The first book is available online through MIRLYN library catalogue until you purchase it. After the second week of class, your attendance in section will only count IF YOU BRING A PHYSICAL COPY Of the BOOK to Class. As the class is GREAT BOOKS, we need to have these books. Please let your instructors know if you are having any difficulty in obtaining the books. Yours for a GREAT semester. Sara Ahbel-Rappe
ISBN: 0810130599
Mahabharata., Publisher: Northwestern Univ Press 2015
Required
ISBN: 0140275363
The Iliad, Author: Homer ; translated by Robert Fagles ; introduction and notes by Bernard Knox., Publisher: Penguin Books [Repr. wit 2001
Required
ISBN: 0393093123
Three plays of Euripides: Alcestis, Medea, The Bacchae., Author: Translated by Paul Roche., Publisher: Norton [1st ed.] 1974
Required
ISBN: 0872201368
Republic, Author: Plato ; revised by C.D.C. Reeve., Publisher: Hackett Publ. Co [2nd ed.]. 1992
Required
ISBN: 9780199540617
The analects, Author: Confucius ; translated with an introduction and notes by Raymond Dawson., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2008
Required
ISBN: 0872208877
The golden ass, or, A book of changes, Author: Apuleius ; translated, with introduction, by Joel C. Relihan., Publisher: Hackett Pub. 2007
Required
ISBN: 0486282112
Frankenstein, Author: Mary Shelley., Publisher: Dover Publications Reprint of 1994
Required
ISBN: 0307276767
A mercy, Author: Toni Morrison., Publisher: Vintage International 1st Vintag 2009
Required
ISBN: 0393331660
The Arabian Nights = Alf laylah wa-laylah, Author: translated by Husain Haddawy ; based on the text of the fourteenth-century Syrian manuscript edited by Muhsin Mahdi., Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc 2008
Required
ISBN: 9780679732761
Invisible Man., Author: Ellison, Ralph., Publisher: Random House US 2010
Required
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