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Fall Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Great Books


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Fall Academic Term, 2003 (September 2 - December 19)



GTBOOKS 191. Great Books.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to Honors first-year students only. (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GTBOOKS 201 or CLCIV 101.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

GTBOOKS 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. GTBOOKS 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)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the College Honors Program. (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Instructor(s): H Don Cameron (hdcamero@umich.edu) (Classical Studies)
William R Paulson (wpaulson@umich.edu), (Romance Languages and Literatures),
Catherine Brown (mcbrown@umich.edu), (Romance Languages and Literatures),
Michael Makin, (Slavic Languages and Literatures),
Frederick Amrine, (Germanic Languages and Literatures),

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 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). May not be repeated for credit.

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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