98年第2學期-0108 西洋文化史 課程資訊
|Midterm exam||30||Exam which aims to test the students’ knowledge and understanding of the course materials|
|Final exam||30||Exam which aims to test the students’ knowledge and understanding of the course materials|
|Oral Report||10||In-class presentation on topics provided by the instructor|
|Writing assignment||20||End of semester writing assignment on topics provided by the instructor|
|Quizzes||10||Quizzes will be used to monitor students’ progress during the course of the semester|
The course introduces students to the history of Western civilization from its beginnings in the ancient Near East and the Greek-Roman world to approximately WWI (1914-18). The course aims to:
1. Help students build a solid foundation for their study of British, American, and other Western literatures, languages, and cultural media in the English Majors Program. Students will examine major historical figures and periods which figure prominently in many courses (e.g. Socrates, Julius Caesar, Martin Luther, the Renaissance, etc.) and also familiarize themselves with key cultural concepts (e.g. ethnocentrism, artifact, taboo, ideology, etc.)
2. Study the process whereby different aspects of Western civilization (e.g. Greek political ideals, the Roman legal tradition, Christianity, the industrial revolution, colonialism, etc.) have become important influences on world history.
3. Examine critically thematic questions such as, e.g.: would it be more appropriate to acknowledge the continuity between East and West and speak of Eurasian civilization? Should one continue to use the singular concept “Western civilization” or is it more appropriate to talk about “Western civilizations” in the plural? Can one speak in this age of globalization of the emergence of a new world civilization or is this notion yet another example of cultural imperialism?
4. Offer students perspectives on Western civilization which will encourage an understanding of all human culture as a construct and thus foster critical thought regarding many aspects of the human experience (such as, e.g., ideology, gender roles, etc.)
Office HourTuesday: 9-0 AM (FLLD 3rd Floor; Office B) Wednesday: 10-11 AM (FLLD 3rd Floor; Office B)
Marvin Perry: Western Civilization: A Brief History (2001)
Instructor’s handouts and Powerpoint presentations
Selected films and documentaries