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Great Books Unbound: Self and Other (FYS)
COL 150F
Fall 2021
Section: 01   02   03  

Where, how, and why do we draw the boundaries of self and other? In this course, we will discover, analyze, and debate how texts from antiquity to the present have generated and questioned ideas of me and you, us and them: from Shakespeare's tale of love's language ("Romeo and Juliet"), to Descartes's philosophical account of the self as a thinking substance ("Meditations") to Komnene's strategies for vindicating her family's political legacy and her own authority to write a history ("Alexiad"), to Shelley's story of monstrosity and belonging ("Frankenstein").

This course equips students to unbind influential texts from their traditional readings using the collaborative and interdisciplinary approach of the College of Letters. This course combines small FYS discussion sections with weekly mini-lectures by three professors from different disciplines (philosophy, literature, history), and occasional writing workshops. Designed as a gateway course to any of the core humanities disciplines, Great Books Unbound is not a prerequisite for a College of Letters major, but students considering the major are strongly encouraged to enroll.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA COL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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