FYSem Spring 2017 Syllabus

Model Syllabus Spring 2017

"What is Personal Freedom?"

Week Date Assignment
1 1/30 INTRODUCTION
2/1 Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance,” in Self-Reliance and Other Essays pp. 29-48
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, On the Genealogy of Morals I: “Good and Evil,” “Good and Bad”
2/22 Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals II: “Guilt,” “Bad Conscience,” and the Like
II. Conversions and Creeds
5 2/27 Augustine, Confessions, Book I
3/1 Augustine, Confessions, Books II-III
6 3/6 Augustine, Confessions, Books IV-V
3/8 Augustine, Confessions, Books VI-VII
7 3/13 Augustine, Confessions, Books VIII-IX
3/15 The Autobiography of Malcolm X, chs. 1-4
8 3/20 SPRING RECESS
3/22 SPRING RECESS
9 3/27 The Autobiography of Malcolm X, chs. 5-8
3/29 The Autobiography of Malcolm X, chs. 9-12
III. Scientific Freedom and the Boundaries of Knowledge
10 4/3 Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, pp. 1-27
4/5 Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, pp. 28-54
11 4/10 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, pp. 1-60
4/12 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, pp. 61-108
12 4/17 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, pp. 108-66
IV. Artistic Freedom and the Boundaries of the Imagination
12 4/19 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Selected Works: A Letter from Sor Filotea to Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, pp. 141-50 and Response of the Poet to the Very Eminent Sor Filotea de la Cruz, pp. 151-75
13 4/24 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Selected Works: Response of the Poet to the Very Eminent Sor Filotea de la Cruz, pp. 175-209
4/26 James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, pp. 3-67
14 5/1 ADVISING DAY
5/3 James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, pp. 67-146
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5/8 James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, pp. 146-210
5/10 James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, pp. 210-77
Conclusion: Rights, Hopes, and Dreams
16 5/15 Eleanor Roosevelt, “On the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”; Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have a Dream,”  Harvey Milk, “The Hope Speech” in History’s Greatest Speeches
5/17 COMPLETION DAY
17 5/22 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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