Syllabus 952_007

Syllabus 952_007 - Mosaic Humanities Seminar II(Honors...

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Mosaic Humanities Seminar II (Honors), Spring 2011 Intellectual Heritage 952/007, CRN 032048 Professor: Dr. Aron Dunlap Email: [email protected] (best way to reach me) Class schedule: Tuesday, Thursday 8am-9:20 Class location: Anderson Hall #306 (between elevators) Office location: Anderson Hall #841 Mailbox location: 2 nd floor Anderson, in the hallway Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:45, 12:30-1:45 (or by appt.) Office phone: (215) 204-5918 (email is better; I check this only twice a week) Required texts (all available at Main Campus Bookstore and Zavelle Bookstore, 1520 N. Broad) Vaccination Against Smallpox, by Edward Jenner (ISBN 1-57392-064-9) The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan (ISBN 978-0-375-76039-6) The Iliad, by Homer, trans. Stanley Lombardo ( not the red abridged version) (ISBN 978- 0-87220-352-5) Utopia, by Thomas More, trans. Clarence H. Miller (ISBN 0-300-08429-3) The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs (ISBN 0-679-74195-X) Home: A Short History of an Idea, by Witold Rybczynski (ISBN 0-14-010231-0) Capital , by Karl Marx, ed. David McLellan (ISBN 978-0-19-953570-5) Semester Schedule Tuesday, January 18 th – first day of class Monday, January 31 st – last day to drop a course Tuesday, March 29 th – last day to withdraw Thursday, April 28 th – last day of class Overview It has been said that a classic book is simply one that it is still in print. Some of the books we read in this class have been in print for as long as there have been printers. But why do people read these books over and over again? The great American sociologist and civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois argued that the education of all students – regardless of race or economic standing – should be centered on the classic texts of the world’s great civilizations. He considered such a liberal arts education to be more important than mastering scientific knowledge, and even more important than learning how to secure an enviable salary. Only by studying the works which have inspired so many countless men and women over the millennia will we have a sense for the real foundation of our culture – to assure, as Du Bois says, “the triumph of the good, the beautiful, and the true; that we may be able to preserve for future civilization all that is really fine and noble and strong.” In Mosaic classes we look to follow Du Bois’ vision by challenging our students to: 1
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a) read challenging primary texts and recognize the contemporary and personal connections within them b) make connections across fields of study, historical periods and cultural boundaries c) create interpretations and construct arguments d) express ideas persuasively in speaking and writing. Grading This class is organized around guided discussions of important texts, study guides (on Blackboard, under Content), participation, pop quizzes and various written assignments.
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