Courses in Spring 2018

CC 102, Humanities II: The Way – Antiquity and the Medieval World

[course homepage] CC 102 course continues examination of the literary, philosophical, artistic, and religious traditions that produced modern culture in the West, as well as of similar and contrasting traditions that emerged in the East. The central questions addressed are, “What is man’s place in the world?” and “What is the best way to live?” What are the most important questions each man or woman must ask himself or herself about life and life’s responsibilities? How did those who established the basic framework of our culture answer those questions and how should we (or you) answer them today?

CC 112, Social Sciences I: Religion, Community, and the Birth of the Social Sciences

[course homepage] What is religion? Does it enhance a society? Might it even be necessary for society to cohere and function? Or can human beings flourish in a community without religion? Should religion play a role in political life, or is it entirely a private matter? Is religion an obstacle to an appreciation of cultural differences, or can it facilitate that appreciation? Does religion conflict with science? These are some of the questions that social scientists – sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, psychologists, and economists – have asked about religion. We shall do the same in CC 112 by reading several of the seminal texts in the history of modern social science.

CC 202, Humanities IV: From the Enlightenment to Modernity

[course homepage] CC 202 examines questions of social hierarchy and political power, and subjectivity and its relation to reason, in Kant, Mendelssohn, Voltaire, Rousseau, Goethe, Jane Austen, Dickinson, Whitman, Nietzsche, Chekhov, and the music of Beethoven. The course ends in the 20th century with the art of the Weimar Republic, Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk, and Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.

CC 212, Natural Sciences II: Reality, Science, and the Modern World

[course homepage] The culmination of the Core course sequence, CC 212 studies the paradigm-shifting scientific theories which created a new world-view and forced the 20th century into a new understanding of our relation to reality. Begins with quantum theory and relativity and moves on to explorations of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, emergent properties, neuroscience and artificial intelligence.