H111 Foundations of the Modern Age

Winter 2001

Murphy

Course Instructor: Daniel Murphy

office - Classic 312

office hours - MWRF 10-11, MWF1-2 and appts.; phone 7222; email - murphy

Course Texts: Harrison, A Short History of Western Civilization, Vol. 2; Weber, The Western Tradition, Vol. 2; Boorstin, The American Primer; Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death; Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind.

Course Evaluation: Students will write two 4 page essays. The first will be an analysis of the thought of Neil Postman, and will be due Jan. 22. The second will be an analysis of the thought of Allan Bloom, and will be due on the final exam date. Each paper will be worth 20% of the course grade. Students will take two exams, Feb. 19 and April 4. Each will be worth 25% of the course grade. 10% of the course grade will be based on class attendance and discussion. Because the course will be conducted as a seminar, attendance at every class session is important. Any unexcused absences will be held against the course grade. The instructor reserves the right to increase the proportion of the final grade based on attendance and discussion in cases of repeated unexcused absences.

Course Purpose: In this course we will encounter the people and events which made the western world what it is. We will pay particular attention to certain themes that have dominated the history of the west, such as the rise of the scientific method, industrialism, capitalism, socialism, and the search for political liberty and equality. It is hoped that by studying the history of western civilization, students will be better able to appreciate the histories of other world civilizations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan. 8 Introduction

Jan. 10 - Postman 1-2

Jan. 11 - Postman 3-5

Jan. 12 - Postman 6-8

Jan. 15 - Postman 9-11

Jan. 17 - H35; W151-162

Jan. 18 - H32; W178-194

Jan. 19 - W249-266

Jan. 22 - H33; W194-206

Jan. 24 - H31; W243-248

Jan. 25 - H34; B21, 28-41

Jan. 26 - B50-63, 67-75

Jan. 29 - H36; W225-232, 239-242

Jan. 31 - H37; W270-273; B86-89, 96-98

Feb. 1 - B191-194, 213-227

Feb. 2 - H38; W273-288

Feb. 5 - W291-299, 304-308

Feb. 7 - H39, H42; W311-319, 323-327

Feb. 8 - H43; W394-409

Feb. 9 - H40; W370-381

Feb. 12 - W349-370

Feb. 14 - H41; W328-333, 339-347

Feb. 15 - B302-318

Feb. 16 - B337-356

Feb. 19 Exam I

Feb. 21 - H44; W389-394, 478-483, 508-512

Feb. 22 - H49; B260-272, 436-437, 442-444

Feb. 23 - B572-577, 582-590, 656-660

March 5 - H48, H50; W514-526

March 7 - H45; B519-530; W434-444

March 8 - W419-434

March 9- H46; B515-516; W451-461

March 12 - H47; W495-503

March 14 - B712-728

March 15 B631-641, 764-772

March 16 - H51; B799-805, 808-816; W540-544

March 19 - H52; W487-494, 555-560, 572-577

March 21 - H53; W581-593

March 22 - H54; B873-877; W594-606

March 23 - H55; W635-643

March 26 - H56; B909-912, 916-920; W662-663, 666-667

March 28 - H58; W526-531

March 29 - H57; B924-925; W683-692

March 30 - H59; W671-680

April 2- W701-722

April 4 - Exam II

April 5 - Bloom 25-43

April 6 - Bloom 47-81

April 9 - Bloom 82-108

April 11 - Bloom 109-137

April 12 - Bloom 141-173

April 13 - Bloom 217-240