ENGL-A316 Medieval Literature
Prerequisites: ENGL T122 or A205; sophomore standing.
Covering material from Beowulf and Arthurian legend to drama and lyrics, this course provides an introduction not only to the masterworks of the period but also to the complex culture and world view that produced such divergent works as The Divine Comedy and The Art of Courtly Love.
HIST-A288 History of the Middle East I
This course traces the major developments in the Middle East from the 7th to the 16th centuries. This period witnessed the transition to Islam in the Arabian Peninsula and its spread throughout the wider Middle East. Accordingly, we will study how Muslims shaped a unified civilization and interacted with non-Muslim communities and polities.
HIST-A381 English History to 1688
This course is a study of political, social, cultural, and religious developments in England from the Roman Conquest to the Revolution of 1688. The focus will be on the emergence of Parliament and the English common law.
HIST-A394 Medicine in Ancient/Medieval Worlds
This course explores the history of medical theory and practice through a variety of lenses: clinical, ethical, religious and social. Not only do we hope to gain a better understanding of ancient and medieval health issues, their curatives, and their impact on society; we will also explore health, disease and the body as social constructions to understand how the ancient and medieval worlds used these terms to stigmatize and categorize.
HIST-X294 Creating Medieval Monsters (First-Year Seminar)
Medieval Christendom protected community by lashing out at those on the margins—heretics, the disabled, witches, women, Jews, and Muslims. The seminar explores the ways that marginal people were demonized, literally turned into“monsters,” to create unity in the Christian world.
PHIL-U294 Death and Philosophy
We are all born and we all must die. Mortality is a defining factor of human existence. And yet, it is something which most of us try not to think about – until we are forced to do so. The reason for this is simple. Death is the end of life and all our efforts are normally directed at living our lives as well and for as long as possible. Death is something we wish to keep at bay. Why spoil our life here and now with thoughts about the end of the very life we wish to enjoy? However, if death really is a defining factor of human existence – if it really is what, among other things, makes us human – then thinking about one’s own mortality seems to be a necessary requisite for living a truly human life. This course will examine how philosophers in antiquity tried to answer the question ‘What attitude should we take towards mortality and, as a result, how should we live our lives in accordance with our mortality?’ We shall start with Socrates and Plato, and then move on to the Epicureans. The greatest part of the course, however, we be taken up by a detailed reading of a text which not only counts as both the last text of ancient and the first of medieval philosophy, but, more interestingly, was written by a man while facing his own execution: Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy.
RELS-U386 Medieval Synthesis
Prerequisite: RELS T122 or RELS H233.
This course is an introduction to the major personalities and problems in medieval theology focusing on the construction and disintegration of the medieval synthesis.