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WSEM 172 Introduction to Intellectual History

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    Apr 08, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I am not traditionally interested in history, but this class provided an engaging discussion environment that related historical events to current events in a way that I enjoyed. Class was structured so that Tuesdays were lectures and Thursdays were discussions. I enjoyed learning about history in the way Professor Marrati presented it because she combined facts and human rights with arguments of philosophy, morality, religion, and subjectivity. There are three papers spread out throughout the course, and no final exam.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about the development of human rights throughout the past few centuries and how the opinions of general masses of people trigger effects in government's participation in the human rights movement. The highlights of this course for me, surprisingly, were writing the papers, because I was able to elaborate on my opinions of historical matters in more depth that I could during the discussions.

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    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    There is a lot of reading and it it necessary for participating in class discussions, but the material is interesting and Professor Marrati addresses difficult points in lecture to clarify any confusions. My advice for the papers is to structure the arguments and find evidence in text ahead of time, so that you are writing to support a thesis rather than trying to develop one.

    • Fall 2016
    • Paola Marrati
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