Fall 2013 Electives:
Adam Kotsko, Humanities, 5 Credits, IIT Equivalent: Hum 300-level
Prerequisites: Hum 3 or Soc 3
This advanced seminar will introduce students to the thought of Martin Heidegger. We will proceed by means of a close reading of his masterwork, Being and Time, an innovative exploration of the meaning of human existence that deeply influenced twentieth-century thought across many disciplines.
The Dark Side of Evolution: From Social Darwinism to Sociobiology
Daniela Barberis, Social Sciences / Natural Sciences, 5 Credits, IIT Equivalent: Hum 300-level or Soc 300-level
We will explore various attempts to apply evolutionary ideas to the study and “improvement” of humans. We will start in Darwin’s time with Social Darwinism and study various attempts at measuring human capacities such as intelligence testing, including the deleterious effects of eugenics through sociobiology.
Why and What Should We Read?
Stuart Patterson, Humanities / Social Sciences, 5 Credits, IIT Equivalent: Hum 300-level
This course is about what we read and why. We begin with Plato’s Phaedrus and its very ambiguous warnings against the ethical and intellectual dangers posed by reading and writing. With the Phaedrus in mind, we go on to consider the process of canon formation, including Shimer’s list of “great books” as well as the historical formation of the Christian canon, especially the four Gospels. From there we turn to early modern personal encounters with books, especially Don Quixote, thence to modern theories of “intertextuality” in the work of Julia Kristeva and readings of the Phaedrus and Don Quixote by Jacques Derrida and Jorge Luis Borges, and finally to the material history of reading and writing technologies in the work of Marshall McLuhan. There will be field trips to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Newberry Library. Students’ work will mainly take the form of the creation of and contributions to a course website.
Rumi and the Sufi Tradition
Ron Kidd, Humanities / Social Sciences, 3 credits, IIT Equivalent: Hum 300-level
This course will serve both to introduce Sufi spirituality as well as the iconic work of Rumi. We will discuss surahs of the Qua’an with kinship to the Sufi tradition, read excerpts of Rumi’s prose work, Fihi ma Fihi, containing discourses, lectures, and conversations, and finally selections of his poetry, arguably the finest religious poetry in world literature.
Ethics of Intellectual Property
Jim Ulrich, Humanities / Social Sciences, 3 credits, IIT Equivalent: Hum 300-level
Critics of intellectual property rights often know little about the field, and those working in the field, in their race to secure and defend their intellectual property, rarely take the time to consider the ethical framework of their efforts. This course addresses foundational issues such as prop-erty and rights, situates patents and copyrights within various ethical frameworks, and looks at cases that illustrate uses and abuses of intellectual property.
Film Genre Study: Kubrick
Marc Hoffman, Humanities, 3 Credits, IIT Equivalent: HUM 300-level
From his youthful start as a photographer at Look Magazine to his death just days after submitting a final cut of Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick remained the quintessential auteur of his period. In addition to weekly screenings, we’ll study critical essay on his work, read two of the novels Kubrick used as source material for his screenplays, and explore his technological advances in special effects and camera art—advances which changed the look of cinema.
Beginning Latin I
Harold Stone, Humanities, 5 Credits, IIT Equivalent: Free Elective
An introduction to Latin. No previous knowledge of Latin is expected.