Courses in Fall 2018

CC 101, Humanities I: Ancient Worlds

[course homepage] CC 101 explores two foundational components of the Western tradition: the culture of the ancient Greeks, and the world of the Hebrew Scriptures, as well as the origin of civilization in ancient Mesopotamia, to which both the Hebrews and Greeks were deeply indebted. As we compare these cultures’ views we will consider questions such as heroism and power; friendship; death and grief; sexuality and love; the city, and the journey home. We will explore the very different views of Mesopotamia, ancient Israel and the Greeks on the experience of the divine; the impact of war; the differing roles of human reason and imagination; and the concept of beauty in the literary and visual arts, and also trace how views on these questions change among the Greeks between the archaic view of Homer and the classical view of Plato. As we do so we will develop skills in analyzing sources, in written and oral communication, and in identifying and developing the factors that promote creativity.

CC 111, Natural Sciences I: Origins

[course page on Learn] From where do we come? This course explores our understanding of the origins of the Universe, the earth, life on earth, and human life through the various lenses of astronomy, geology, biology, and anthropology. Carries natural sciences (with lab) divisional credit in CAS.

CC 201, Humanities III: Renaissance, Rediscovery and Reformation

[course homepage] This course continues Core’s examination of the literary, philosophical, artistic, and religious traditions that produced modern culture in the West. In CC 201 we focus on works produced in the late Middle Ages through to the Early Modern and Baroque periods. We examine the rise of national literatures across Western Europe, the origins of modern political, philosophical and scientific thought, and the beginning of the comic novel. Students examine works by Francesco Petrarch, Niccolò Machiavelli, Michel de Montaigne, Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, René Descartes, and John Milton, as well as exploring the music of Claudio Monteverdi and the art of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.

CC 211, Social Sciences II: Power, Political Forms, and Economics

[course homepage] The Core Social Sciences are designed to complement the course sequences in Humanities and Natural Sciences by introducing the social sciences within their historical setting. It will pursue major intellectual themes rather than attempt to cover each discipline separately. In this second semester, we will focus on the emergence of the social sciences up to the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. Our purpose is to outline the modes of thought, scope of problems, types of analysis and their significance in understanding the world. For this reason, historical context plays a vital role in determining how the very societies we study have changed through time and helps explain why some problems received more attention in one period than another.