HSRU 1000-013: HISTORY OF THE WEST: ENLIGHTENMENT TO THE PRESENT
Room: Keating 214
TF 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Instructor: Tomas Zahora
Office: Dealy 647
Office Hours: Tuesday 9:30 a.m.-11:20a.m.
1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Friday 1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
and by appointment
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (checked at least twice daily: this is the best way to reach me when I am not in Dealy Hall)
Web Page: www.tomaszahora.org syllabus, handouts, lecture outlines, and useful links will be updated throughout semester
Kishlansky, Geary, and OBrien, Civilization in the West, vol. II: Since 1555, 6th ed. (2003). ISBN: 0-321-23625-4
Primary source readings and recommended editions:
(Penguin paperback, trans. John Butt, ISBN 0140440046)
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
(Penguin paperback, ISBN 0141439475)
John Stuart Mill, On
(Penguin paperback, ISBN 0140432078)
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
(Penguin paperback, ISBN 0140447571)
Virginia Woolf, A Room of Ones Own
(Harvest books, ISBN 0156787334)
Albert Camus, The Rebel
(Vintage paperback, ISBN 0679733841)
course will focus primarily on
Class will be conducted in the form of lectures and source-based discussions. Students are encouraged to participate by raising questions and commenting on assigned readings or research projects. All students are welcome to continue class discussion during the instructors office hours or via e-mail.
Course requirements and evaluation:
Class attendance 10%
Midterm 18 %
Comprehensive Final Exam 22 %
No incompletes will be given in this course.
You do not need to bring documentation to excuse your absence. Likewise, you do not need to ask me for permission to miss class. However, class attendance and participation in discussions constitute ten percent of your total course grade. Since discussions are a vital part of the class, I will count them as 2 attendance points. There are six discussion classes (12 points) and 20 lecture classes (20 points), which adds up to 32 points worth 10% of your class grade. You do the math: in other words, a couple of missed classes will not automatically shift you down on the grade scale. On the other hand, absences do add up, missed lectures tend to hurt at exam time, and the difference between an A- and a B+ can amount to a single missed class.
Prepare a florilegium (gathering of flowers flos, floris: flower; legere: to gather, collect, read) from assigned primary sources.
For each primary source, select three passages (each a few sentences or a brief paragraph long) that in your opinion encapsulate the most important or interesting points made in the book. Then choose one passage (again, a few sentences or a brief paragraph) that you find troubling, singularly wrong, or with which you simply disagree. Provide each of the four passages with a commentary of 150 to 160 wordsnot less, not more.
Your commentary should reflect not your gut response but a reasoned understanding of the entire work (not just a few pages of it) in its historical context. Pulling out a passage describing Victor Frankenstein in his laboratory and commenting at length on how corny, amazing, or cute the scenery looks will not do.
SUGGESTION: be judicious in selecting passages as well as in commenting on them. Weigh your words carefully. 150 words can be typed easily without expressing much of substance. Condense your thoughts, making sure you touch on most important issues.
Each segment of the florilegium will be due at 5:00 p.m. on the day before discussion. Please e-mail me your florilegia, addressing them to email@example.com.
Write an eight-page essay that will trace the development, within the period of time under discussion, of an issue/point of view/political or social or intellectual problem or question that you find intriguing or particularly relevant. Begin by selecting a theme from one or more of the assigned primary sources (for example, you can start by comparing the vision of a society presented by Mill with that presented by Marx; or look at the treatment of women in Candide in light of what Virginia Woolf has to say in A Room of Ones Own). Read the text(s) carefully, research the treatment of your thesis by contemporaneous writers or modern historians, and build up a brief annotated bibliography consisting of at least eight secondary sources. The annotated bibliography, together with an abstract of your essay, will be due at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 21 October. A handout with more specific information will be provided.
Late assignments will incur a 10% penalty for each day they are overdue, beginning at 5:01 p.m. of the due date.
► NOTE: Chapter assignments refer to the textbook by Kishlansky et al. You should have them read by the end of the week as noted.
Week 1: INTRODUCTION; EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY WORLD [Chapter 17]
Friday 2 September
Week 2: THE AGE OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT: POLITICS, SOCIETY, CULTURE [Chapters 18, 19]
Tuesday 6 September
Friday 9 September
Week 3: THE FRENCH REVOLUTION [Chapter 20]
Tuesday 13 September DISCUSSION:
Voltaire, Candide [Florilegium due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, 12 September]
Friday 16 September
Week 4: NAPOLEON; INDUSTRIAL
Tuesday 20 September
Friday 23 September
Week 5: ROMANTICISM; REVOLUTIONS [Chapter 22]
Tuesday 27 September
Friday 30 September DISCUSSION:
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein [Florilegium due by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, 29 September]
Last day to withdraw without incurring a WF
Week 6: A CENTURY OF IDEOLOGIES [Chapter 22]
Tuesday 4 October
Friday 7 October
Week 7: NEW VISIONS OF FREEDOM
Tuesday 11 October DISCUSSION:
John Stuart Mill, On
Friday 14 October ► MIDTERM EXAM
Week 8: THE BIRTH (AND REBIRTH) OF NATIONS [Chapter 23]
Tuesday 18 October
Friday 21 October
Week 9: SCIENCE OF NATURE, SCIENCE OF HUMANKIND [Chapter 23]
Tuesday 25 October DISCUSSION: The Communist Manifesto [Florilegium due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, 24 October]
Friday 28 October
Week 10: BUILDING BETTER TOMORROWS: 19TH-CENTURY SOCIETY [Chapter 24]
Tuesday 1 November
Friday 4 November
Week 11: EMPIRES [Chapter 25]
Tuesday 8 November
Friday 11 November
Week 12: WAITING FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN: THE GREAT WAR [Chapter 26]
Tuesday 15 November
Friday 18 November
Week 13: A ROOM OF ONES OWN
Tuesday 22 November DISCUSSION:
Virginia Woolf, A Room of Ones Own [Florilegium due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, 21 November]
Friday 25 November ► THANKSGIVING: NO CLASS
Week 14: THE LOST GENERATION [Chapter 27]
Tuesday 29 November
Friday 2 December
Week 15: THE APOCALYPSE AND AFTER [Chapter 28]
Tuesday 6 December
Friday 9 December DISCUSSION:
Albert Camus: The Rebel [Florilegium due by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, 8 December]
Thursday, December 22 ► FINAL EXAM 1:30 p.m.