World History, World Literature, and You
In this course, we will use literature as a point of entry into three thousand years of history, society, and culture that has led to you being a teenager in the United States in 2018.
We will study texts from a wide variety of times and places, including Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Pacific Rim, from ancient times to right now. Through these texts, we will explore aspects of identity such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality. We will also learn about social institutions such as marriage, the family, religion, government, slavery, and citizenship.
We will investigate how these categories and institutions are shaped by time and place, and we will take a critical approach to ideas like “classical,” “western,” and “civilization,” as we think deeply about what it means to be human in a global society. We will do some serious writing and some fun writing, and we will use other media, such as music, art, performance, podcasts, and video—thinking critically and working creatively to learn about our historical context and ourselves.
Presented by Michael Broder
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