English L101-02, English L101-03: Western World Masterpieces I

Course Description

In this course, we will examine some of the most controversial texts in Western culture from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present, focusing especially on the 17th through the 19th centuries. In class, we will discuss texts grouped within the themes of “Advancing the Rights of Humanity,” “Advancing the Rights of Women,” “The Dark Side of Humanity,” and “Business and Ethics.” Most of the texts we will be discussing will also be available for students to view and handle as part of The Remnant Trust exhibit, which brings rare books to the public. Additionally, as part of your participation in the course, students will be required to attend some of the cultural and educational activities planned at IPFW for The Remnant Trust exhibit this semester. These events will include possibilities such as public debates, lectures, and arts performances. Students who take this course will develop an awareness of the ways that controversial ideas, debates, and disagreements have changed human history. Ideally, they will leave this class more willing to engage in debate on controversial topics and more willing to be vocal as citizens and workers.