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Fall Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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Fall Academic Term, 2001 (September 5 December 21)

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GTBOOKS 191. Great Books.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): H Don Cameron (hdcamero@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to Honors first-year students only. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Gt. Bks. 201 or Classical Civ. 101. (4). (HU).

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Great Books 191 will survey the classical works of ancient Greece. Among the readings will be Homer's Iliad and Odyssey; a number of the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes; Herodotus' Histories; Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War; and several of Plato's dialogues. The course format is two lectures and two discussion meetings a week. Six to eight short papers will be assigned; there will be midterm and final examinations. Great Books 191 is open to first-year students in the Honors Program, and to other students with the permission of the Director of the Great Books Program.

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GTBOOKS 291. Great Books of Modern Literature.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): H Don Cameron (hdcamero@umich.edu), William R Paulson, Frederick R Amrine , Michael Makin (mlmakin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the College Honors Program. (4). (HU).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/gtbooks/291/001.nsf

This course is designed to be a continuation of Great Books 192 for Honors sophomores primarily, and deals with books from the Renaissance to the present. Great Books 192 dealt thematically with the integration of the individual into larger institutions and traditions, and the sequel, Great Books 291, will deal with the subsequent resistance, repudiation, and withdrawal from such traditional communities. There will be two lectures and two recitations each week. The texts will be: Cervantes, Don Quixote; Goethe, Faust; Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment; Flaubert, Madame Bovary; and Twain, Huckleberry Finn. Non-honor students and Honors first-year students need permission of the Great Books Director.

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GTBOOKS 320. Great Books on the Hopes and Fears of Modernity.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Paul W Sunstein

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course debates whether the modern individual is self-determining, self-aware, compassionate and without comforting myths, or rather part of a lonely crowd, self-involved, without grand passion, and disenchanted. It considers this question, along with its political implications, through the study of Hobbes' Leviathan, Rousseau's Confessions, Tocqueville's Democracy in America, Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground, Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, and Aristotle's Ethics.

The ideal of the self reliant individual emerges as part of a larger and now commonplace revolution in the understanding of man and society. The modern individual was conceived from the start as the unit of the new politics of popular sovereignty and the nation state. This course presents an overview of specifically modern thought as a kind of liberation movement writ large. The personal and the political were long ago interwoven in the larger, apparently "self-evident" vision of liberal democracy that inculcates "think for yourself". This course aims to articulate and evaluate what might be termed the unobserved bottom of the iceberg of contemporary values.

The aim is to see our world through the eyes of each author. Each author claims and, upon close reading, claims for good reasons to be right. But our modern authors are often critical, indeed brilliantly so, of one another, and so this course develops two frameworks to compare the merits of each work. It argues that specifically modern ideas have a history and direction, beginning with a foundation in Hobbes, and continuing with its progressive radicalization by Rousseau and then Nietzsche. Thus the course develops a comparative overview within a specifically modern framework, which implies that each succeeding thinker, and each succeeding generation influenced by these thinkers, becomes more deeply immersed inside a self-perpetuating network of concepts. Finally, this course also attains critical distance on the above authors, who are fervently anti-Christian but often secularizers of Christianity, by contrast with perhaps the most lasting common sensical alternative of pre-modern and pre-Christian thought, Aristotle's Ethics.

Two eight page papers in the form of explications du texte, a final take home exam and participation in discussion.

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GTBOOKS 350 / AMCULT 360 / HISTORY 350. Debates of the Founding Fathers.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): J Mills Thornton III (jmthrntn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is about the making of the American Constitution, both as an intellectual and as a political event. The first third of the course focuses on the intellectual background of the Constitutional Convention. During these weeks, we will read selections from the works of John Locke, the Baron de Montesquieu, and Adam Smith. We will also read a variety of Revolutionary essays including Thomas Jefferson's "Summary View of the Rights of British North America," John Adams' "Novanglus" letters, John Dickinson's "Letters from a Pennsylvania Farmer," and Thomas Paine's "Common Sense." In the middle third of the course, we will turn to James Madison's Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention, and trace the Constitutional Convention's efforts day by day, from the initial proposal through the finished document. In the final third of the course, we will study the ratification debates, through reading much of the Federalist Papers and a variety of anti-Federalist essays. The course will require two ten-page essays and a two-hour final examination. The first essay, due at the end of the first third of the course, will be a study of the ideas of one of the constitutional thinkers important to the Founding Fathers but not discussed directly in the course. The second essay, due at the end of the second third, will explore the background and beliefs of one of the delegates to the Convention. The course will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays. Ordinarily Monday's class will be devoted to lecture and Wednesday's to a discussion of the week's reading.

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