HUM 111 Cultures Civilizations and Ideas I

This half of the year-long course ``Cultures, Civilizations, and Ideas'' introduces students to the study of culture and civilization through close reading of primary texts in the ancient traditions of the Near East and the Mediterranean. It also introduces students to more modern critical readings and discussion of the value and weight of this tradition. The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the ancient roots of literary craft and philosophical thought, and to enhance the student's ability in interpretative and critical reasoning. Successful completion of the course requires careful and timely reading of assigned texts, essay writing, and active participation in class discussion. Grading is based on a course project, a mid-term examination or term-paper, comprehensive final examination, reading quizzes and class participation. Required texts include: Epic of Gilgamesh; Freud: Civilization and Its Discontents; Homer: Iliad; Sophocles: Theban Plays; Plato: Republic; and a course reader of other shorter works and critical essays. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 5, Prerequisite: ENG 101.

Autumn Semester (Rachel Bruzzone, Costantino Costantini, Dragan Ilic, Scott Allen Kennedy, Paul Elliot Kimball, Nathan Paul Leidholm, Mustafa Nakeeb, Andrew Jonathan Ploeg, Michael Douglas Sheridan, Cory Douglas Stockwell, Buffy Ann Turner)

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