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

CTI 301G • Intro To Ancient Greece

30160 • Gulizio, Joann
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM FAC 21
GC VP (also listed as C C 301)
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CTI 301G • Intro To Ancient Greece

30165 • Patterson, James
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM MEZ 1.202
GC VP (also listed as C C 301)
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CTI 301G • Intro To Ancient Greece

30155 • Patterson, James
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM RLP 1.102
GC VP (also listed as C C 301)
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CTI 301G • Intro To Ancient Greece-Wb

30170 • Internet; Asynchronous
GC VP
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CTI 302 • Classics Of Socl/Polit Thought

30175 • Viroli, Maurizio
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM RLP 1.104
SB (also listed as GOV 314E)
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This course explores the changing role of human psychology in the history of political thought through the study of classic texts in philosophy and psychology. In roughly chronological order, we will examine several key philosophers’ accounts of the deepest human concerns—justice, happiness, and love—and the potential political life has to fulfill those yearnings. In the final part of the course, we will study Darwin’s evolutionary theory of human mental faculties in The Descent of Man, Freud’s theory of unconscious psychological drives, and current theories of evolutionary psychology. We will discuss how these different views of human nature suggest different approaches to politics and ethics.

We will read selections from the following works:

  • Plato The Republic, The Symposium 
  • St. Augustine: The Confessions, City of God 
  • Hobbes The Leviathan 
  • Rousseau Discourse on the Origin of Inequality
  • Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil
  • Darwin The Descent of Man 
  • Freud Civilization and its Discontents
  • And selected articles on evolutionary psychology

 


CTI 304 • The Bible/Its Interpreters

30180 • Jones, Joshua
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 1.208
GCWr
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CTI 304 • The Bible/Its Interpreters

30185 • Dempsey, Erik
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.208
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CTI 304 • The Bible/Its Interpreters

30190 • Dempsey, Erik
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM BEN 1.108
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CTI 306D • History Of Religions Of Asia

30195 • Freiberger, Oliver
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM UTC 3.134
GC (also listed as ANS 301R, R S 302)
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This course offers a survey of the major religious traditions of Asia (Hinduism, Buddhism in South and East Asia, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto). It focuses on the historical development of their beliefs, practices, rituals, and customs in social context. The course will combine lectures with class discussions on readings.

 

Grading:

  • Attendance/participation: 20%
  • Two quizzes: 20% (10% each)
  • Two short essays: 20% (10% each)
  • Midterm exam: 20%
  • Final exam: 20%

CTI 310 • Intro To Philos Of Religion

30200
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM JES A216A
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CTI 327D • Hist Of Rome: The Republic

30215-30230 • Riggsby, Andrew
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM WAG 201
GC (also listed as AHC 325, HIS 321M)
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Covers the period from Rome's foundation through Caesar's murder in 44 B.C.  The emphasis placed on the last two centuries of the Republic when problems accumulated and solutions did not.  All the factors contributing to the Republic's fall will discussed:  political, military, social, economic, religious, etc.


Carries the Global Cultures flag and fulfills the Cultural Expression, Human Experience, & Thought course area requirement.


CTI 350 • Masterworks Of World Drama

30255 • Lang, Elon
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 2.122
EWr VP
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Studies major tragedies, comedies, and historical plays from various epochs, including at least one of Shakespeare's plays. Explores themes related to ethics, politics, and human nature, as well as the craft of the playwright. Students attend and discuss at least one play performance.


CTI 350 • Masterworks Of World Drama

30250 • Lang, Elon
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ 1.208
EWr VP
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Studies major tragedies, comedies, and historical plays from various epochs, including at least one of Shakespeare's plays. Explores themes related to ethics, politics, and human nature, as well as the craft of the playwright. Students attend and discuss at least one play performance.


CTI 363 • French Revolution/Napoleon

30275 • Coffin, Judith
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM JGB 2.218
GC (also listed as EUS 346, HIS 353)
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The French revolution is one of the most famous events in global history. We have still not resolved the fundamental questions it raises. Why does a regime collapse? How is a new state built? Why are some revolutions peaceful while others become protracted and violent? The human drama of this tumultuous decade and a half is irresistible. How were extraordinary careers made and then lost? How did people take sides? How did ordinary people survive?We will use the French revolution to think about all these questions concretely.

We have three aims. The first is to master the major developments of the revolution itself. The second is to understand how those events have produced classic political arguments about the conditions for democracy, the sources of rights, and the process of historical change.  Third, we consider how the revolution has shaped the world, and how it compares with other revolutions, including ones going on right now.


Texts:
Rousseau, The Social Contract
William Doyle, The French Revolution: A Very Short History
Timothy Tackett, When the King Took Flight
Timothy Tackett, The Coming of the Terror in the French Revolution or R.R. Palmer, 12 Who Ruled.
David Bell, Napoleon, A Biography


Requirements:
• 2 4-5 page take home papers (25% each)  (total 50% of grade**)
• 1 comprehensive test (25%)
• group political club assignments (25%).


CTI 373 • Great Works In Medicine

30290 • Curtis, Todd
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM RLP 0.122
EWr (also listed as AHC 330)
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Great Works in the History of Medicine

This course is part of the Thomas Jefferson Center’s Core Texts and Ideas (CTI) program. In keeping with the spirit of Mortimer Adler's Great Books of the Western World and Charles William Eliot's Harvard Universal Classics, this course will thematically examine signature works in the history of medicine. There are numerous reasons for using the great books approach to teaching the history of medicine. In addition to providing professional inspiration, sense of continuity with the past, and an awareness of medicine's unique role in society, this approach can foster a healthy sense of skepticism about the content and durability of medical dogma allowing students to think more critically about the principles and practices of medicine. The great books in the history of medicine provide numerous examples of why one should be prepared to question long-standing views for the sake of progress. Furthermore, the history of medicine can be a "kindly, useful mentor" which not only provides a forum for meaningful exchanges between physicians and historians, but also allows both groups a means to link historical knowledge to contemporary issues in order to reform medicine and bring about change in public policy. The approach taken in this class will be of great use to pre-med students and to students interested in international and public health.

To better understand the unique implications of the different areas of medicine, each week will entail reading a signature work that is representative of a key topic in the history of medicine (e.g. pharmacology, pathology, anatomy, surgery). After performing an analytical reading of the text with respect to its historical context, students will focus on discovering ethical principles in the text that can be used for modern applications.

Flags: The course carries an Ethics Flag and a Writing Flag. Assessment: One long and two short research papers, graded in-class writing activities. No final. Readings: Jacalyn Duffin, History of Medicine: A Scandalously Short Introduction, 2010 ISBN 978-0802095565; all other readings will be available on CANVAS or through the library’s electronic resources.


CTI 375 • Archaic/Classical Greece

30310-30320 • Campa, Naomi
Meets MW 11:00AM-12:00PM RLP 0.104
GCWr (also listed as AHC 325, HIS 354E)
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This course covers Greek history during the Archaic and Classical Periods, from the rise of Greek city-states and the first examples of Greek writing and literature (ca. 800 BCE) to the subordination of Greece under Philip II of Macedonia in 338 BCE. The course will devote roughly equal time to covering major events and personalities, exploring key developments in culture and society, and examining the various types of evidence available for the era (literary, epigraphic, and archeological sources). After looking at the geography and ‘prehistory’ of Greece (including the Bronze Age and Dark Age), we will cover major developments such as the rise of the polis and the first forms of democracy, the invention of the Greek alphabet, the introduction of hoplite warfare, and the diaspora of Greeks in the Mediterranean. Then we will focus on the two most famous city-states of Greece, Athens and Sparta, and follow their trajectories through the Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian War, and the complex period of unstable hegemonies in the first half of the 4th century until Philip II of Macedonia was able established his control over Greece.
The course will consist of two hours of lecture per week plus a required one-hour discussion section. The two lectures will combine historical outline with the exploration of specific themes and problems, such as systems of government, social structures, economy, culture, religion, and war, while the discussion sections will be focused on how to analyze and interpret ancient sources.


This course carries the Global Cultures flag.


CTI 379 • Conference Course

30325
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Please contact the Jefferson Scholars advisor for more information on how to register for the course.