FYSem Spring 2018 Syllabus

Model Syllabus Spring 2018

"What is Personal Freedom?"

Week Date Assignment
1 1/30 INTRODUCTION
2/1 Dialogue Ancient and Modern, East and West: (i) Ralph Waldo Emerson, essay “Self-Reliance,” in Self-Reliance and Other Essays; (ii) Photocopy of Sentences of Ali and sections from Saʿdī, Gulistan (or Rose Garden)
I. Ethics and Evil
2 2/6 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book I
2/8 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book II
3 2/13 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book III
2/15 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book X
4 2/20 Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, pt. I-II
2/22 Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, pt. III-V
5 2/27 Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, pt. VI-VII
3/1 Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, pt. VIII-IX
II. Conversions and Creeds
6 3/6 Augustine, Confessions, Books I-II
3/8 Augustine, Confessions, Books III-IV
7 3/13 Augustine, Confessions, Books V-VII
3/15 Augustine, Confessions, Books VIII-IX
8 3/20 SPRING RECESS
3/22 SPRING RECESS
9 3/27 The Autobiography of Malcolm X, chs. 1-3, 7-8
3/29 The Autobiography of Malcolm X, chs. 9-12
4/3 The Autobiography of Malcolm X, chs. 16-18, epiologue (pp. 441-55, 496-523)
III. Scientific Freedom and the Boundaries of Knowledge
10 4/5 Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, pp. 1-27
4/10 Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, pp. 28-54
11 4/12 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, vol. 1
4/17 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, vol. 2
12 4/19 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, vol. 3
IV. Artistic Freedom and the Boundaries of the Imagination
13 4/24 Sappho, If Not, Winter, pp. 1-177
4/26 Sappho, If Not, Winter, pp. 178-355
14 5/1 ADVISING DAY
5/3 James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, part I

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5/8 James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, part II
5/10 James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, part III-IV
16 5/15 James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, part V
5/17 COMPLETION DAY
17 5/22 COMPLETION DAY
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Program Directors:
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
Email: fysem@bard.edu