Model Syllabus Fall 2018

"What is Political Freedom?"

Week Date Assignment
1 9/3 Introduction
9/5 Hannah Arendt, “The Freedom to Be Free” (photocopy)
I. A Democracy, a Republic
2 9/10 Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates:  Euthyphro
9/12 Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates:  Apology
3 9/17 Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates:  Crito and Phaedo
9/19 Plutarch, Age of Caesar:  Caesar, paragraphs. 1-34
4 9/24 Plutarch, Age of Caesar:  Caesar, paragraphs. 35-68
9/24 Experience Day:  "Experiencing Julius Caesar," Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, 4:45-6:30pm
9/26 Plutarch, Age of Caesar: Brutus
5 10/1 Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act I
10/3 Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act II-III
6 10/8 FALL BREAK
10/10 Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act IV-V
II. Freedom and Slavery
10/11-10/12 Hannah Arendt Center Conference:  Citizenship and Civil Disobedience, Olin Humanities Building
7 10/15 Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality:  To the Republic of Geneva; Preface; and Question (pp. 1-18)
10/17 Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality:  Part One (pp. 18-44)
8 10/22 Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality: Part Two (pp. 44-71)
10/24 L'Ouverture, The Haitian Revolution, pp. 1-61
9 10/29 L'Ouverture, The Haitian Revolution, pp. 62-116
III. Democracy in America?
9 10/31 Adams and Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams, Letters, "A Brief Adams Calendar, 1774-83, xxxi-xxxii and Letters, pp. 109-155
10 11/5 Adams and Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams, Letters, pp. 155-197
11/6 Election Day
11/7 The Declaration of Independence; James Madison, The Federalist, Number 10
11 11/12 Wheatley, Complete Writings, Poems on Various Subjects, pp. 1-65
11/14 Wheatley, Complete Writings, Extant Poems Not Published: "America," pp. 75-76; "To His Excellency General Washington," pp. 88-90; "Liberty and Peace, A Poem," pp. 101-102; Letters, pp. 139-162; Variant Letters, pp. 163-164; Proposals for Volumes of Poetry, pp. 165-170
12 11/19 Tocqueville, Democracy in America, pp. 1-62
11/21 Tocqueville, Democracy in America, pp. 62-127
13 11/26 Tocqueville, Democracy in America, pp. 127-168
IV. Freedom and Resistance
13 11/28 Gandhi, Selected Political Writings: pp. 47-57, 95-117
14 12/3 Gandhi, Selected Political Writings: pp. 117-151
12/5 ADVISING DAY
15 12/10 Anna Akhamatova, Requiem, "Instead of a Forward," I-V
12/12 Anna Akhamatova, Requiem, VI-Epilogue
16 12/17 COMPLETION DAY
12/19 COMPLETION DAY
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Richard Aldous, Eugene Meyer Professor of British History and Literature
Karen Sullivan, Irma Brandeis Professor of Romance Culture and Literature

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Julie Cerulli, Program Assistant
Tel: 845-758-7514
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