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Great Books Unbound: Self and Other (FYS)
COL 150F
Fall 2024
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 Descartes¿s philosophical account of the self as a thinking substance (Meditations), to Natalie Zemon Davis¿s history of appropriated identity (The Return of Martin Guerre), Kafka¿s allegories of human-animal metamorphoses, and Shelley¿s story of monstrosity and belonging (Frankenstein). This course equips students with the skills 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 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

Last Updated on JUL-20-2024
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