99年第1學期-0112 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|
|Writing assignment 1||10||Short mid-seemster writing assignment on topics provided by the instructor|
|Writing Assignment 2||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.)
History of Western Civilization is a first-year required course. Its aim it to introduce 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). Much attention is devoted throughout the course of the year to those aspects of Western civilization which are most relevant to Chinese students of Western languages and literatures: the Greek-Roman legacy; Christianity; the history of major European languages such as English, French, and Spanish; European contacts with the East; Western concepts of self, other, home, identity, family, nation, state, justice, divinity, etc.
Office HourFriday: 10-12 PM (FLLD 3rd Floor; Office B)
Marvin Perry: Western Civilization: A Brief History (2001)
Instructor’s handouts and Powerpoint presentations
Selected films and documentaries