ORDER AND CHAOS version 1.0 Fall 2016 Mondays 10-10:50am
This course examines the human quest to find order in the sometimes chaotic array of sensations that surround us: How does the world work? Why do people behave the way they do? We will study the interplay of order and chaos within three interrelated quests: the quest to understand individual human behavior by exploring ideas about justice, gender, free will, love, and the psyche; the quest to understand how the world works by exploring ideas about language and nature; the quest to understand human social behavior by exploring ideas about cultural, social and political entities.
Course Objectives: Upon completing this PEP course, students will be able to describe: various ways that human beings come to know the world and themselves, and the various ways in which they express that knowledge; connections and conflicts among and between different intellectual and cultural traditions.
Exams: There will be two lab exams and 8 quizzes- Weeks 8 and 14.
Grading: Grades will be assigned as follows.
Attendance & Participation 20%
First Exam 40%
Second Exam 40%
A+ 96.7 - 100% C 73.4 - 76.6%
A 93.4 - 96.6% C- 70.0 - 73.3%
A- 90.0 - 93.3% D+ 66.7 - 69.9%
B+ 86.7 - 89.9% D 63.4 - 66.6%
B 83.4 - 86.6% D- 60.0 – 63.3%
B- 80.0 - 83.3% F <60%
C+ 76.7 - 79.9%
Section I- The Conflict Within
W.E.B Dubois' Double Conscious (excerpts from "Souls of Black Folk")
Sigmund Freud's essay on Narcissism and Ovid's "Narcissus"
Sigmund Freud vs. Karl Gustav Jung and "Cupid and Pysche"
Section II- The Conflict Without
Ferdinand de Saussure's essay On Linguistics - Sign, signifier...
Ngugi wa' Thiongo's "Decolonizing the Mind"
Virginia Wolfe (excerpts from "A Room of Her Own")
Judith Butler's essay on gender roles
Section III- Within Confronts Without
Excerpts from Plato's "Republic"
The Communist Revolution
Rise of Nazi Germany/WWII
Suffragist and Civil Rights Movements
Section IV- Tell Me What the Elders Knew
Introduction to Folklore - German, Russian, African American
Differences Between The Male and Female Adventure in Fairy Tales
© Orin James 2016