Great Books Courses (Division 382)

191. Great Books. Open to Honors freshmen only. (4). (HU).

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 freshmen in the Honors Program, and to other students with the permission of the Director of the Great Books Program. [Cost:2] [WL:3] (Cameron)

201. Great Books. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Gt. Bks. 191 or Classical Civ. 101. (3). (HU).

SECTION 001 THE GREEKS AND THE HEBREWS. Unless you care to read stories that provoke thinking, talking, and writing about such matters as human nature, the self and the relation of the individual to the community and to the eternal, death, courage, honor, responsibility, loyalty, friendship, love, power, and justice, this course is not for you. If you do care about what is true or noble or good, then you may enjoy the contacts we will make, through English translations, with the Greek and Hebrew roots of Western Civilization. Our texts will include both Homeric epics, the ILIAD and ODYSSEY; selected tragic dramas of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; probably selections from THE HISTORY of Herodotus; and selected dialogues of Plato; and selections from the Hebrew Bible, probably including Genesis, the Exodus narrative, and Job. The class will be limited to thirty students. Requirements include attendance and participation, the best ten of twelve one-page papers, a midterm, and a final exam. (Wallin)

291. Great Books of Modern Literature. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the College Honors Program. (4). (HU).

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. [Cost:2] [WL:3] (Cameron, Amrine, Makin, Siebers).

350. Great Books of the Founding Fathers. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (3). (Excl).

This book 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 Jefferson's "Summary View of the Right of British North America, " Adams' "Novanglus" letters, Dickinson's "Letters from a Pennsylvania Farmer," Paine's "Common Sense." 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 Antifederalist 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ordinarily Tuesday's class will be devoted to lecture and Thursday's to a discussion of the week's reading. Enrollment will be limited to about forty students. Cost:2 WL:4 (Thornton)

393. Great Books in Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts. (1). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 3 credits under different topics.

THUCYDIDES' HISTORY OF THE PELOPONESSIAN WAR. This short course will meet September 19 through November 5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10. Student grades will be based upon class participation, a short paper (4-5 pages) and an exam to be given in the last class meeting, Tuesday, November 5th. Our text will be the Penguin edition of Thucydides' HISTORY OF THE PELOPONESSIAN WAR, and we will read and talk about the whole book. We will attempt to understand how and why Thucydides gave meaning to the events of fifth-century B.C. Greece that he describes. Thucydides claims that his book will be a "profession for all time." His first great English translator, the British philosopher Hobbes, calls Thucydides "the most politick historiographer that ever writ." Some modern admirers see Thucydides as the father of modern scientific historiography, some detractors see him as destroying history. We will test these claims and others for ourselves and our time. Cost:1 WL:1 (Wallin)


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