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HWC205 - syllabus (2009) - HWC 205 Western Civilization II...

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HWC 205 Western Civilization II Spring 2009 Syllabus M/W, 1:00-1:50 PM, 3139 Wescoe Dr Christopher Forth (lectures) Humanities & Western Civilization Office: 303-F Bailey Hall Office Phone: (785) 864-8036 Email: [email protected] Office hours: By appointment. Ms Ashley Acosta (discussions) Office: 205-B Bailey Hall Office Phone: (785) 864-1378 Email: [email protected] Office hours: Thurs, 11:30am-1:30pm; Fri, 9:30-10:30am, and by appointment. Ms Marwa Ghazali (discussions) Office: 303-A Bailey Hall Office Phone: (785) 864-0165 Email: [email protected] Office hours: Mon, 3:30-5:00, Wed, 3:30-5:00. Mr Michael Jeter-Boldt (discussions) Office: 206 Bailey Hall Office Phone: (785) 864-1379 Email: [email protected] Office hours: Wed, 2-4pm, Thurs, 10- 11am, and by appointment. Mr Damon Talbott (discussions) Office: 206 Bailey Hall Office Phone: (785) 854-1379 Email: [email protected] Office hours: Wed, 2-3pm; Thurs, 9-11am. Course Description This course considers some of the central ideas and key texts that have helped to shape, as well as to reflect critically upon, the western world’s development since the sixteenth century. We will place considerable emphasis on the formation of “modernity” as a way of organizing our approach to the western tradition, examining its social, political and cultural features, listening to its more eloquent advocates, and engaging with some of its most influential critics. Our approach will focus on the ambivalence with which many have engaged with modernity, whether it pertains to the tension between science and faith, reason and emotion, change and tradition, culture and nature, or the individual and the collective. By grappling with these tensions we will be in a better position to evaluate the strengths and shortcomings of modernity’s past while contemplating ways to inhabit its future. Required Texts This course uses specific editions and translations of primary sources, and you are expected to obtain copies of the following texts: Trulove, Woelfel, et al., Patterns in Western Civilization , 4 th Edition, vol. 2
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Descartes, Discourse on Method (Hackett) John Locke, The Second Treatise of Government (Harlan Davidson) Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality (Hackett) Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (Dover) John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (Hackett) Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto (Bedford) Fyodor Dostoevsky Notes from Underground (Vintage) Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols (Hackett) W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk (Dover) Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion (Norton) Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own (Harcourt) Gerda Klein, All But My Life (Hill and Wang) For all class work you may use only the authorized editions of the primary sources, as these editions will be referred to in lectures and discussions, required as citations in papers, and tested on the exams. Ten copies of the primary sources are also available through the Watson Library Reserve; thus students who cannot afford to buy the books have ready access to a library copy.
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