Course Description
This course will introduce students to some of the themes and characteristics of western culture, such as: aspects on religion, philosophy, politics, and society.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
  • describe characteristics of western culture, in terms of religion, philosophy, politics and society;
  • identify important events in cultural development of the world;
  • evaluate critically current issues in the western world on the basis of cultural development.

Teaching Schedule
Jan. 10, 2014 Introduction/Ancient Greek Mythology
(No Lecture Powerpoint)
Jan. 17 Ancient Greek Philosophy
Jan. 24 Ancient Greek polis & Democracy
Feb. 7 The Rise of Christianity
Feb. 14 The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire
Feb. 21 Medieval Islam
Feb. 28 Medieval Feudalism
Mar. 7 Medieval Papacy versus Empire
Mar. 14 Magna Carta & the Liberal Tradition of England
(No Lecture Powerpoint)
Mar. 21 Mid-term Quiz
Mar. 28 Renaissance, Reformation, & Scientific Revolution as Reaction to the Age of Faith

Apr. 4

Thesis, Antithesis, & Synthesis: Age of Faith, Age of Reason, & French Revolution
Apr. 11 Modern Europe & "The Political Collapse of Europe" & Overall Review
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