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Subject Description:

Before the development of the humanities, there existed textual expressions of human experience. Such texts have endured for centuries and spread far beyond their locus of origin. As a result of their enduring influence, these texts have invited and continue to invite a diverse array of interpretations from many different perspectives. This course equips students with critical reading, thinking and writing skills by engaging with the interpretative richness of major documents of human civilization. As participants in this history, students will interpret these texts in meaningful ways that can be supported by the texts themselves. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the term, students will be able to:

  • Summarize and appraise in a critical manner the content of assigned readings.
  • Interpret the various, multi-layered meanings of classic texts, both by recognizing and assessing previous interpretations and developing new ones.
  • Identify meaningful connections between texts from different periods of time and geographic location.
  • Effectively communicate arguments in writing and speech.

Delivery Format*:

3-0-9

Grading Scheme:

Participation (response papers, in-class participation, group work, etc.) 30%
Midterm Oral Exam 30%
Final Paper 30%
2-D Project 10%

 

*The first number represents the number of hours per week assigned for lectures, recitations and cohort classroom study. The second number represents the number of hours per week assigned for labs, design, or field work. The third number represents the number of hours per week assigned for independent study.