Enterprise Hall 276
Section Information for Spring 2011This course is a one-semester survey of the western tradition from its beginnings in the ancient Near East to the twentieth century. Students will be familiarized with the most important developments and events in the history of Western Civilization while the term itself and its connotations will be critically examined. The course will proceed chronologically through the various periods that constitute western history, but will be anchored by a thematic focus on longer-term processes that transcended any single era: state-formation and state-building, socio-economic organization, and consciousness as reflected in culture and the arts (including architecture, religion,philosophy, folk traditions, etc.). By the end of the semester, students will have gained a critical understanding of the key features of the western tradition as it has developed historically and, as a result, will better understand the continuing relevance of the western tradition in all its complexity and ambiguity in today’s world. Class meetings will vary in format to include lecture, discussion, small group work,and occasional film clips. The reading and analysis of primary sources will form a central component of the course, and students will be expected actively to engage with the primary sources and take part in class discussions on them.
Satisfies the general education requirement in Western civilization/world history.
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