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Classic Texts and Contemporary Life

Semester and Year SU 2016
Course Number IDSEM-UG1239
Section 001
Instructor Antonio Rutigliano
Days TR
Time 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Units 4
Level U
Foundation Requirement   HUM, PREMOD

Notes/Restrictions

Session I: May 23 - July 3

Description

This course examines several “classic” texts to understand both their own intrinsic merit and their influence on society from their inception until our own time. Our emphasis, indeed, is on using these texts to understand our lives and world now. We explore classic texts in relation to contemporary life’s dilemmas of consumerism and spiritualism, individual rights and community rights, vocation and career, God and the afterlife, rebellion and escape from freedom. Readings may include Aeschylus’  The Oresteia , Sappho’s  Poems , Plato’s  Republic , Lucretius’  On the Nature of the Universe , Ovid’s  Metamorphoses  or Cicero’s  On the Laws , Chaucer’s  The Canterbury Tales  or Cervantes’s  Don Quixote .

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Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)