The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

JSP Fall Registration Information

Class of 2023

Registration Instructions

Congratulations on being accepted into the Jefferson Scholars Program, and welcome to the University of Texas at Austin. We are very glad that you are here. Below is the information you’ll need on registering for fall JSP courses when you come for orientation. Please show this to your academic advisor as you are selecting courses. 

We encourage all JSP freshmen to begin with a course on ancient Greece, and if you have room in your schedule, a second JSP course that will address related themes from different perspectives. In addition, we encourage you to take your Signature Course with us this fall unless your major program has its own Signature Course.

Therefore we recommend the following combinations of courses, depending on your situation. However, please bear in mind that selection in all of our courses is now limited. Please do not hesitate to contact our academic advisor Nathan Vickers if you need help.

If your major program DOES NOT include a Signature (UGS) course and you have room for just one JSP course, your first choice should be UGS 303 Challenge of the Greeks and your second choice UGS 303 Justice, Liberty, Happiness.

If your major DOES NOT include a Signature Course and you have room for two JSP courses, please select either:

        UGS 303 Justice, Liberty, Happiness, and CTI 301G Introduction to Ancient Greece

        or

        UGS 303 Justice, Liberty, Happiness, and GOV 312P Constitutional Principles: Core Texts.

If your major DOES include a Signature Course, please select CTI 301G Introduction to Ancient Greece, and if you have room for a second course, GOV 312P Constitutional Principles: Core Texts.

Available sections and registration information for each is below. In choosing courses, please keep Thursdays from 12:30 – 2 free in your schedule if possible, since we often schedule events for Jefferson Scholars then.

 

CTI 301G Introduction to Ancient Greece                                             

28860              MWF 11am-Noon                   GAR 0.120                  Patterson

28870              MWF 1pm-2pm                      GAR 0.120                  Patterson       

 

GOV 312P Constitutional Principles: Core Texts

37490              MWF 11am-12pm                   SZB 330                      Dempsey        

 

To register for CTI 301G and/or CTI 304, or GOV 312P, email your EID and the unique number(s) of the section(s) you’d like to take to Nathan Vickers at nvickers@austin.utexas.edu.  You will need to meet with your Academic Advisor before emailing.  Emails are due to Nathan Vickers no later than 11AM on Day 3.

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UGS 303 Justice, Liberty, Happiness

61232              TTH 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.     BUR 130                     Viroli

                           M 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.    MAI 220E

 

To register for either of these UGS courses, you can either call (512-471-4421), email your EID and the unique number of the course you’d like to take to sigcourses@austin.utexas.edu, or stop by the front desk of FAC 338.  You will need to meet with your Academic Advisor before emailing.  Emails are due to the signature course office no later than 11AM on Day 3.

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JSP Fall 2019 Course Descriptions 

CTI 301G Introduction to Ancient Greece                                              

This course introduces students to the history, the culture, the religion, and above all the thought of the ancient Greeks. The material for this course will consist almost entirely of primary sources. We will begin with a unit on Greek history in which we will use passages from Thucydides and Herodotus to try to see what was unique about the Greeks and what they saw as unique about themselves. We will then study closely some of the chief literary and philosophic works of ancient Greece, including Homeric Epic, tragedies, and Platonic dialogues.

 

UGS 303 Justice, Liberty, Happiness

This course introduces students to the great warring conceptions of the moral foundations and goals of political life, as these have been elaborated by some of the most influential thinkers in our history. In the first part of the course, we will discuss influential interpretations of liberty, including the modern idea of liberty as absence of interference and the classical republican idea of liberty as absence of domination. We will also investigate the theme of moral liberty and the connections between political liberty and prophecy. In the second part we will discuss specific aspects of the problem of justice like social justice, just and unjust wars and transitional justice. In the third part we will examine some of the sources of unhappiness to try to determine the best way to attain a modicum of happiness in our lives.

 

GOV 312P Constitutional Principles: Core Texts

This class is a study of the basic principles of American political life: democracy, equality, and liberty.  Through a close reading of core texts of the American political tradition, we will attempt to see how these ideals took hold in the US, what arguments were made on their behalf, and what possible pitfalls there are for a society dedicated to those ideals.  The course includes units on John Locke, the Federalist Papers (with selections from the Anti-Federalist), on Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, and on race and the legacy of slavery. In studying race, we will study writings by Frederick Douglass, WEB DuBois, Martin Luther King, and James Baldwin. The class will close with a study of Abraham Lincoln’s political thought. This course carries flags in "Cultural Diversity in the US” and "Ethics." 

 

A Message from Academic Advisor Nathan Vickers

Hello Jefferson Scholars!!  Congratulations on being chosen for this wonderful opportunity. We look forward to having you this fall, and meanwhile if you need anything, please feel free to contact me. On Day Three of Orientation, I will have some walk-in time to answer questions from 10:30 to 11:30 am in BAT 2.102A. It is perfectly fine to only take one Jefferson Scholars class in the Fall, but two is encouraged. 

Nathan Vickers, Academic Advising Coordinator
Department of Government and Jefferson Center
1 University Station A1800, BAT 2.102
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas, 78712
512.232.7283
nvickers@austin.utexas.edu 

Schedule appointments here: https://governmentadvisingoffice.setmore.com/

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