Core 101-102, Dr. Essid
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About the reading & reading prompts: Reading is due on the day assigned. Expect frequent quizzes, so keep up. The quizzes will be easy if you've done your reading.

About the Midterm: you must take it during class on Th, Oct. 11. Make your Fall-break travel plans accordingly now. No early exams or make-ups. If you are not present, you receive an F for the exam.

Week of August 27:
T: About our section & syllabus, about Turkey & the Ottomans
TH: Pamuk, The White Castle
, ch. 1-2. Read the short entries "Ottoman Institutions" and "Science and Technology" (read both pages and feel free to click through the rest of this site)

Week of Sept 3:
T: Pamuk, The White Castle
, ch. 3-6 Short Diagnostic Essay Due at start of class
TH: Pamuk, The White Castle, ch. 7-11

Week of Sept 10:
T: Plato, Euthyphro
TH: Plato, Apology

Week of Sept 17:
T: Plato, Crito
TH: Plato, Death scene + we try Socrates in class

Week of Sept. 24:
T: Darwin, On the Origin of Species & The Descent of Man, 160-181
TH: Darwin, 189-215 & Draft of Essay One due in class

Week of Oct. 1:
T: Darwin, 242--276
TH:
Lao-Tzu

Week of Oct.8:
T: Midterm Exam. Also bring revisions and drafts of Essay One, + your drafts with the Fellow's commentary
TH:Gandhi 3-66 "Critique of Modern Civilization"

Fall BREAK: Oct 13-16. Class will meet again Th. Oct. 17.

Week of Oct. 15:
TH: Gandhi, “On Ahimsa,” “Fifteen Instructions to Volunteers,” “The Doctrine of the Sword,” “Civil Disobedience,” “Independence vs. Swaraj,” “Some Rules of Satyagraha,” “The Law of Swadeshi” (95-96, 131-32, 98-101, 142-44, 73-75, 157-60, 76-78);

Week of Oct. 22:
T:
Gandhi,“Removal of Untouchability,” “Introduction to Varnavyavastha,” “Caste and Varna,” “What is Woman’s Role?,” “The Best Field of Ahimsa,” “Question Box,” “Extract from a Letter to Jawaharlal Nehru,” “Independence,” “Talk with Englishwomen,” and “”Note” (227-233, 215-221, 224, 194-97, 116-17, 80, 288-90; 82, 88, 91).

Th:
Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, preface & Book I: sections 1-4 plus the Nietzche Hypertext. Do section on Essay 1. Writing exercise in class.

Week of Oct.29:
T:
Nietzsche Book I: sections 8-17
TH:
Nietzsche Book II: sections 1-8, 13-14, 16-24 plus the Nietzche Hypertext. Do section on Essay 2. Writing exercise in class

Week of Nov. 5:
T: Nietzsche Book III: 1, 8-28 plus the Nietzche Hypertext. Do section on Essay 3. Writing exercise in class.
TH:
class canceled; I will leave for a conference on W the 7th.

Week of Nov. 12: I will be at a conference this week; we'll have a guest teacher to discuss our text.
T: Wharton, Book 1
TH: Wharton, Book 1

Week of Nov. 19:
T: Wharton, Book 2

TH:Thanksgiving Break: Class will meet again T Nov. 27

Week of Nov. 26:
T:Marx, German Idealogy 107-112, 115-120; The Communist Manifesto
& Draft of Essay Two due in classcore banner
TH: Marx, Capital 220-225, 230-243

Week of Dec. 3:
T: Marx, Capital 264-73, 294-300
TH: Being There
Bring revisions and drafts of Essay Two, + your drafts with the Fellow's comments, to class

Final Exam for Fall: Monday, Dec. 17 9am-12 in our regular classroom


Spring Semester: Core 102

Discussion Leaders: for both days of his or her week, each person leading discussion should bring to class a good question about the text OR a passage that needs close attention.

Week of Jan. 14:
T:Refkections & New Themes
TH:  Augustine, Confessions:

322-26 (Translator’s Note & Foreword), 329 (Confession),
330-31 (Manichaeism), Book 1 (I, VI-XX), Book 2,
Book 3 (I-VII, XI-XII)

Week of Jan.21: Discussion leaders: Allison, Sam, Hilary
T:  Augustine 327-29 (Concubinage in Antiquity),
Book 4, Book 5 (III-XIV),                                                
Book 6

TH: Augustine 331-32 (Neoplatonism),
Book 7 (i-v, ix-xi),
Book 8 (i-ii , v-ix, xi-xii),            
Book 9 (i-ii, vi, viii-xi)

Week of Jan. 28: Discussion leaders: Monica, Sarah, Jesse
T: William Shakespeare, Othello, Act I Draft of Essay One due in class

Topic: You may, as we did last semester, design your own topic (no proposal needed). Be sure to follow this format:

  • Thesis-driven paper that contains a major, and worthy, claim in its introduction
  • Length of at least 6 pages, double-spaced, margins no more than 1.25", font no larger than 12 points
  • A clear and descriptive title that is original and sum up the paper's message to readers
  • Use of at least two texts we have read (or a text and the film from last semester)
  • Cannot come up with a topic? You may do this one:
  • Which two Core texts do you think, at this point in your college career, will best serve you later on? Why? Give me specific evidence from the texts: major ideas and eloquent quotations that support your claim as to why the texts are personally valuable.

TH: Shakespeare, Othello,Act II

Week of Feb. 4: Discussion leaders: Fritz, Mona, Anne Jenkins
T: Shakespeare, Act III
TH: Acts IV & V Bring revisions and drafts of Essay One, + your drafts with the Fellow's comments, to class

Week of Feb. 11: Discussion leaders: Anna, Maria, Charlene
T: Adrienne Rich’s Poetry and Prose
“Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” (1951), “Planetarium” (1968), “Diving into the Wreck” (1973)

TH: Rich, “Twenty-One Love Poems” (nos. 1, 2, 6-12, 17, 21) (1974-1976)

Week of Feb. 18: Discussion leaders: Dalsher, Anne Ryan, Jason
T: Rich, “Sources” (1981-1982)           
TH: Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart, 3-78

Week of Feb. 25: Discussion leaders: Katherine, Dan, Steven, Tyler
T: Feb. 26 Murakami 79-209
TH: Feb. 28 MIDTERM EXAM (bring blue books and pens, nothing else)

Week of March 3:Discussion leaders: Katherine, Dan, Steven, Tyler
T: W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, 1-73
TH: Du Bois 74-132

March 11-13 SPRING BREAK

Week of March 17: Discussion leaders: Allison, Sam, Hilary
T: Du Bois 133-217                                   
TH: J.M. Coetzee, Age of Iron, 3-56
 
Week of March 24: Discussion leaders: Monica, Sarah, Jesse
T: Coetzee 56-140
TH: Coetzee 140-98
                                   
Week of March 31: Discussion leaders: Fritz, Mona, Anne Jenkins
T: Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents, 10-36
TH: Freud 37-74           

Week of April 7
: Discussion leaders: Anna, Maria, Charlene
T: Freud 75-112
TH: Freud 75-112

Week of April 14: Discussion leaders: Dalsher, Anne Ryan, Jason
T: James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room, 3-71 Draft of Essay Two due in class                          
TH:Baldwin 75-118

Week of April 21: I lead discussion this week
T: Baldwin 119-69
TH: Tying remaining themes together Bring revisions and drafts of Essay Two, + your drafts with the Fellow's comments, to class

FINAL EXAM due in my office no later than F May 2, 3pm

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