Model Syllabus Fall 2017

"What is Political Freedom?"

Week Date Assignment
1 9/4 INTRODUCTION
9/6 Hannah Arendt, “The Freedom to Be Free” (photocopy)
I. A Democracy, a Republic
2 9/11 Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates:  Euthyphro
9/13 Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates:  Apology
3 9/18 Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates:  Crito and Phaedo
9/20 Plutarch, Fall of the Roman Republic:  Caesar, paras. 1-33
4 9/25 Plutarch, Fall of the Roman Republic:  Caesar, paras. 34-69
9/27 William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act I
5 10/2 William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act II - III
10/4 William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act IV-V
II. Freedom and Slavery
6 10/9 FALL BREAK
10/11 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality:  To the Republic of Geneva; Preface; and Question
7 10/16 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality: Part One
10/18 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality:  Part Two
8 10/23 Toussaint L'Ouverture, The Haitian Revolution, pp. 1-61
10/25 Toussaint L'Ouverture, The Haitian Revolution, pp. 62-116
III. Democracy in America?
9 10/30 Adams and Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams, Letters 1-2, 7-10, 12-18, 21-23, 26, 28, 31, 33, 35, 38, 42-45, 49-52, 55, 57
11/1 Adams and Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams, Letters 61, 70, 73-74, 78-82, 85-87, 89, 91, 94-96, 102-108, 112-117
10 11/6 Phillis Wheatley, Complete Writings, Poems on Various Subjects, pp. 1-65
11/8 Phillis Wheatley, Complete Writings, Extant Poems Not Published: "America," p. 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
11 11/13 Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, vol.1: Introduction; Part I, Chapters 2-5, pp. 1-62
11/13 Experience Day:  "Experiencing Revolution,"  Sosnoff Theater, Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, 4:45 - 6:30 pm
11/15 Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, vol. 1: Part II, Chapters 7-10, pp. 102-168
12 11/20 Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, vol. 2: Part I, Chapter 1, pp. 169-174, Part II, Chapters 1-4, pp. 201-210; Part III (all), pp. 248-297; Part IV, Chapters 1-2, pp. 297-301
IV. The Empire and the Totalitarian State
12 11/22 Mahatma Gandhi, Selected Political Writings: Swaraj, Gandhi's Idea of Freedom, pp. 95-124
13 11/27 Mahatma Gandhi, Selected Political Writings: Swaraj, Gandhi's Idea of Freedom, pp. 124-151
11/29 George Orwell, 1984: One, I-VII, pp. 1-83
14 12/4 George Orwell, 1984: One, VII; Two, I-VI, pp. 84-163
12/6 George Orwell, 1984: Two, VII-X, pp. 163-230
15 12/11 George Orwell, 1984: Three, I-VI, pp. 231-308
12/13 ADVISING DAY
16 12/18 COMPLETION DAY
12/20 COMPLETION DAY
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