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chang_syllabus_mmw2_su08 - MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD II...

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MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD II SPECIAL SUMMER SESSION 2008 Prof. Edmond Chang ERC Bldg, MMW Main Office #211 534-4935 [email protected] Office Hours: Tuesdays 1 to 3 pm THE GREAT CLASSICAL TRADITIONS This course explores the religions, literatures, philosophies, mythologies, and the political and social structures of the great classical civilizations of the ancient Near East, China, India, and Greece. The primary goal of our study is to examine not only what distinctive features set these civilizations apart, but also, more importantly, what values, concerns, and aspirations they held in common. In addressing these issues, we will follow an inter- disciplinary approach, examining ways religious and philosophical beliefs, for example, justified the political and social structures of each civilization, and how laws, taboos, texts, and socio-political institutions, in turn, reinforced the values and ideals of each tradition. Ultimately, we hope to learn what being human meant to our ancient ancestors and in the process gain a clearer understanding of our own human nature in all its vulnerability and potential. An equally important component of this course is its emphasis on developing your critical reading and scholarly writing skills to a level that is commensurate with university requirements. Required Course Texts: Albert Craig, et al., The Heritage of World Civilizations , volume one, seventh edition. Plato, The Last Days of Socrates (Penguin Classics) H.D.F. Kitto, The Greeks (Penguin History) Jean Boisselier, Wisdom of the Buddha (Abrams Paperback) Barbara Stoler Miller, The Bhagavad-Gita (Bantam Classics) The New Oxford Annotated Bible
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This note was uploaded on 07/05/2008 for the course MMW 2 taught by Professor Chang during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.

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