In the second semester students are asked to consider the meaning of humanity in the world from the perspective of three areas of study central to the Liberal Arts: 1) Politics, rhetoric, and the emergence of democracy in human history; 2) The nature of science and the role of scientific understanding in our world; 3) The nature of beauty and the place of art in the lives of individuals and communities.
Concentrates on a dramatic and clearly defined historical period in France and the United States, a period characterized by rupture with tradition on many levels of human activity. The decades after the First World War saw the values and premises of intellectual and cultural heritage challenged or discarded. The course will examine the criticisms leveled against traditional values and explore new principles for life and art which came into being during this period.
Meets Aesthetic and Creative Engagement Learning Outcome (AEST) and Global Engagement Learning Outcome (GLOB)
This course will examine the history, literature, and selected artistic expressions of the "Recusant" movement led by English Catholics suffering persecution under the rule of Tudor and Jacobean rulers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
This team-taught course offers students the opportunity to contemplate the provocative intersection of Shakespeare's work as a poet and playwright with the complex politics of his day and to appreciate how the political ideas and actions presented in his plays have influenced the political understanding through the ages. Students will read representative Shakespeare plays, including Julius Caesar, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, Richard II, and Measure for Measure. Additionally, they will read the political sources that influenced Shakespeare's understanding of his world, as well as scholarship in the field of Political Science that draws upon Shakespeare's works. The course is a blend of lecture and seminar discussion and students will be encouraged to do independent research on Shakespeare plays not assigned in the course.
This course will cover the culture, spirituality, and the history of the life of the religious order that founded Saint Anselm College and still operates it today. The women and men who follow the Rule of Saint Benedict have had a profound influence on the development of Western Civilization in areas that include faith, the preservation of Western classics, education, the advancement of science, and the arts, and the spread of Christianity. Most of the class meetings will be a combination of lecture and seminar discussion.
The period between 1851-1867 constituted the high noon of Victorian England, an era when Britain enjoyed unprecedented stability and prosperity. Beneath the equipoise of these years, however, great changes took place, and Victorians attempted to deal with what they saw as the transition from the medieval to the modern world. This course identifies several areas in which significant change occurred, such as politics, art, and religion and others. Within the selected areas, students will learn to appreciate the great literature of the period and examine the historical forces influencing the art, culture and people of the mid-Victorian period.
Through central texts of the Confucian tradition, the course introduces students to patterns of thought, vocabulary, and argumentation that characterized the thought of Confucius and his followers. The views of Confucius, Mencius, Xunzi and others will be the basis for coming to understand the way of thinking embodied in one of the world's most important and widespread traditions.
Students in this course will explore gender representations in four distinct genres of music: opera, rock, country, and hip-hop. Along with listening to music in these four genres, they will read literature that corresponds to the music's time period, subject matter, and performative aspects. The course is intended (1) to introduce students to some current ways of thinking and writing about issues of music, literature, and gender; (2) to facilitate students' development of an informed, self-aware position in relation to recent scholarship; (3) to challenge assumptions about the way we read and hear gender; (4) to introduce them to excellent music and literature they might not otherwise hear or read, which will broaden their knowledge and appreciation of these art forms.
Meets Aesthetic and Creative Engagement Learning Outcome (AEST)