Honors Program : Classes
Fall 2013 Classes:
HON 3950: Culture and Catastrophe in Twentieth-Century Europe (Mark Clark)
Total war, revolution, fascism, terror, genocide, the collapse of communism—the history of 20th century Europe bristles with dramatic, sometimes cataclysmic events. This course explores the roles of artists and intellectuals in preparing the way for these events, and in seeking to make sense of them in the aftermath. Students will study works by prominent philosophers (Albert Camus), historians (Paul Fussell), playwrights (Bertolt Brecht), poets (T.S. Eliot), novelists (Erich Maria Remarque), musicians (Arnold Schoenberg), and filmmakers (Stanley Kubrick).
HON 3951: The Morality of Capitalism (David Kendall)
This course explores the meaning and essence of morality, the theory and practice of capitalism, and the question of whether capitalism is or can be a moral system of human interaction, as people go about the day-to-day business of confronting The Economic Problem. Topics of study include ethical philosophy, capitalism, socialism, theories of private and public property, and the interaction of political and market institutions.
HON 3952: America and France: A Love/Hate Affair (Clara Adame de Heu)
This course will examine French reflections on America from the 18th through the 21st Centuries. What has America meant—as a place, a concept, and a culture—to the French, and in what ways does it continue to resonate? The course will sample widely from French poets, novelists, politicians, philosophers, and artists, including Talleyrand, Chateaubriand, Tocqueville, Hugo, Maritain, Revel, and Fumaroli. Some of the ideas to be examined include America as a poetic object; the importance of American nature in French romanticism; Washington as a classical Greek hero; and representations of America in French art. Do not worry: there will be more love than hate. Note: this class will be conducted in English, and no prior knowledge of French is needed.