Fall 2013 Courses
CC101: The Ancient World
[course homepage] Begins in the ancient Near East with the origins of Mesopotamian civilization and the Hebrew Bible. Continues with an overview of the beginning and development of Greek civilization and careful study of Homer, Greek tragedy, and Plato. Students also examine architecture and the visual arts, as well as the relation of beauty and mathematics, with a study of the Parthenon and its role in Athenian Imperialism.
CC105: Evolution of the Physical Universe and the Earth
[course homepage] Core Natural Science parallels the Humanities first semester course by also studying origins, now of the physical world. Traces the evolution of the physical universe and our scientific understanding of it as a complement and contrast to humanities-based understandings of how we fit in the cosmos, such as those of Genesis or Homer. Special classes are devoted to dialogue among professors in the sciences, philosophy, and theology. Topics include Big Bang theory, evolution of the stars, laws of the physical universe, evolution of the earth, and planetary ecology. Laboratory work includes night labs in the observatory.
CC201: The Renaissance
[course homepage] From the late Middle Ages through the burgeoning of Renaissance humanism to the baroque period. We examine the rise of national literatures and the origins of modern political and scientific thought, as well as of the comic novel. Students look at the flowering of English poetry, Petrarch, Montaigne, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Descartes, and Milton, as well as exploring the music of Bach and the art of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
CC203: Foundations of the Social Sciences
[course homepage] Provides a historical and conceptual framework for understanding the beginning of the modern nation state, ideas of human rights and self-determination, the relation of the individual and society, and the origins and concerns of the social sciences. We consider the major events and processes that have shaped the twentieth century both in the United States and around the world and look at the roots of these changes in the works studied in first year Core. Readings are drawn from classic works of social and political theory: Aristotle, Tacitus, Ibn Khaldun, Hobbes, Rousseau, Tocqueville, Weber, Marx, Durkheim and Malinowski.