Section Information for Spring 2012This course will explore the primary influences of the human experience in what has been called "the West," from its beginnings in the ancient Near East to the modern world - from 3,000 BCE to the present day. In a more or less chronological framework, students will be familiarized with events, philosophies and developments which molded a distinctive culture, even as the ambiguities of the term "the West" will be acknowledged. For all its diversity and self-criticism, certain assumptions are inherent in Western society: self-worth, freedom, representation, legal protection, exploration. Where did these come from? Are they worth study? Do they make a contribution to the world community?
Satisfies the general education requirement in Western civilization/world history.
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