Landscape-syllabus

Landscape-syllabus - Philosophy 0824/001-006 Fall Term 2009 MW 9:00-9:50/AH 007 Office Hours MW 1-2 Dr Thomas Meyer Anderson Hall 732 Office 215

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Philosophy 0824/001-006 Dr. Thomas Meyer Fall Term 2009 Anderson Hall 732 MW 9:00-9:50/AH 007 Office: 215 204 2847 Office Hours: MW 1-2 [email protected] Landscape of American Thought Course Syllabus Course Description: America once was envisioned by its colonizers as a new world, as a city upon a hill beckoning to humanity. After centuries of conquest, enslavement, immigration, and political struggle, conditions for sustaining this early vision continue to evolve. This course explores the emergence of some of the most distinctive and influential American voices to inform our national debate about freedom, the individual, race, democracy, and oppression, as it has unfolded over the past two centuries. Through considering a selection of works of some of the most renowned figures to shape the landscape of American public discourse, we return to face the question of the promise of America, as it plays out today in the thought of some of the leading public intellectuals of our time. Requirements: Course work includes four components each worth 25% of the final grade: a midterm paper, a final paper, a take-home final examination, and class participation and attendance in section meetings. Both papers are 5 pages in length, and the take-home final comprises 5 pages of written work. Class attendance is recorded every week, and participation includes both class discussion and short reaction pieces submitted in advance of the next class session. Dates for each assignment are listed in the course schedule below. Reading: The selected reading for the course is available both at the campus bookstore and on blackboard. Reading assignments are announced in class in advance of lecture and discussion sections. Declaration of Independence Bill of Rights Emerson, Self-Reliance Thoreau, Walden Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk Dewey, Democracy and Education King, A Testament of Hope Rawls, A Theory of Justice Strauss, Liberalism Ancient and Modern Chomsky, Hegemony or Survival Beck-Gernsheim, Women and Social Transformation West, Democracy Matters
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Landscape-syllabus - Philosophy 0824/001-006 Fall Term 2009 MW 9:00-9:50/AH 007 Office Hours MW 1-2 Dr Thomas Meyer Anderson Hall 732 Office 215

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