Courses This Semester

CC102: Antiquity and the Medieval World

[course homepage] Focusing on ethical themes and questions from the Western and Eastern traditions, the course includes Aristotle, Confucius, Lao Tzu, the Bhagavad Gita, Virgil, the Gospels, and Dante. Chronologically, the course covers the late-classical period in Greece, the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, and the medieval world.

CC106: Biodiversity

[course homepage] Major topics will include the origin of life, the history of organismal complexity, the relationship of the biosphere to the geosphere, and the various forms of intimate interaction that exist between species, both beneficial and destructive. The aim is to provide the conceptual framework for a lifelong understanding of the causes and consequences of biodiversity, centering on an inclusive biodiversity equation that includes both the creative forces that generate biological novelty and the destructive forces that eliminate it.

CC202: From the Enlightenment to Modernity

[course homepage] From the philosophes and the Age of Reason through the Romantic Revolt and the origins of modernity. Voltaire, Swift, Rousseau, the music of Mozart, Goethe’s Faust, the Romantic poets, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Nietzsche, and Dostoyevsky.

CC204: Inequality

[course homepage] A study of contemporary approaches to the problem of inequality in American society and around the globe. Beginning with anthropological and historical perspectives, lectures and readings will bring insights, statistical data, and modes of analysis from sociology, psychology, political science, economics, international relations, and environmental science. The goal of this course is to use exemplary research to grapple with a problem that has implications for almost every aspect of our social, political, and economic life today.