Fall Course Guide

Courses in Great Books (Division 382)

Fall Term, 1998 (September 8-December 21, 1998)

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191. Great Books. 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).
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. Cost:2 WL:3 (Cameron)
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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. Non-honor students and Honors first-year students need permission of the Great Books Director. (Cameron, Amrine, Makin, Siebers)
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350/Amer. Cult. 360. Great Books of the Founding Fathers. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (3). (Excl).
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 Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ordinarily Tuesday's class will be devoted to lecture and Thursday's to a discussion of the week's reading. WL:1 (Thornton)
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