First-Year Seminar Fall Syllabus

Model Syllabus Fall 2016

"What is Political Freedom?"

Week Date Assignment
1 8/29 INTRODUCTION
8/31 Hannah Arendt, “What Is Freedom?” from Between Past and Future
I. The Individual and the State
2 9/5 Plato, The Last Days of Socrates: Apology, pp. 39-70; Crito pp. 79-96
9/7 Plato, The Last Days of Socrates: Phaedo, pp. 116-57
3 9/12 Plato, The Last Days of Socrates: Phaedo, pp. 157-99
9/14 Plutarch, The Makers of Rome: Coriolanus
4 9/19 William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, Act I
9/21 William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, Act II-III
5 9/26 William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, Act IV-V
II. ‘Born Free, and Everywhere in Chains’
5 9/28 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract, Books I-II
6 10/3 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract, Book III
10/5 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract, Book IV
7 10/10 FALL BREAK
10/12 Toussaint L’Ouverture, The Haitian Revolution, pp. 1-61
8 10/17 Toussaint L’Ouverture, The Haitian Revolution, pp. 62-116
III. Subjection and Enfranchisement
8 10/19 Phillis Wheatley, Complete Writings: Poems On Various Subjects, pp. 1-65
9 10/24 Phillis Wheatley, Complete Writings: “Liberty and Peace, A Poem,” pp. 101-02; Letters, pp. 139-62
10/26 Harriet Taylor Mill, Enfranchisement of Women, pp. 89-121
10 10/31 John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women, pp. 123-80
11/2 John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women, pp. 181-242
11 11/7 Mahatma Gandhi, Selected Political Writings: Swaraj, Gandhi’s Idea of Freedom, pp. 95-124
11/9 Mahatma Gandhi, Selected Political Writings: Swaraj, Gandhi’s Idea of Freedom, pp. 124-51
IV. Revolutions and Republics
12 11/14 Sallust, Catiline’s War, in Catiline's war; The Jugurthine War; Histories
11/16 Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, pp. 35-81
13 11/21 Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, pp. 81-126
11/23 Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, pp. 126-70
11/24 THANKSGIVING
14 11/28 Vladimir Lenin, “The Dictatorship of the Proletariat” and Emma Goldman, “What Is Patriotism?” in Great Speeches of the 20th Century
11/30 George Orwell, Animal Farm, chs. 1-5
15 12/5 George Orwell, Animal Farm, chs. 6-10
12/7 ADVISING DAY
16 12/12 COMPLETION DAY
12/14 COMPLETION DAY
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Karen Sullivan, Irma Brandeis Professor of Romance Culture and Literature

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