First Year Seminar


I The First-Year Seminar Requirement

All first-year students are required to take two Seminars, one in the fall and the other in the spring semester. The Seminars are courses in which the student is introduced to the literary, philosophical, and artistic legacies of several interrelated cultures. Works are chosen to represent a wide range of intellectual discourse, from poetry, drama, and fiction, to history, philosophy, and polemic.

Course Description - Fall 1997 Semester

This semester the First-Year Seminar explores what constitutes education, and how education is culturally, politically, economically, and socially determined. Who decides how to educate and who receives education? Who is excluded from education and how does this exclusion define education? In what ways is education important, both to individuals and societies? How do great thinkers assess their own educations and those of others? Education has been figured both as the introduction of a body of knowledge into a more or less receptive (and empty) mind and as the drawing out of the individual's inherent potential. How do the two models of education play themselves out in various works? This seminar will not be about teaching methods, but about definitions of education; resistance to education; problems with education; responsibilities in the transmission of knowledge; gender and education; the Bildungsroman, autobiography, and education; the philosophy of education; the politics of education; and the like. Each section will read four core texts, supplemented with additional readings. The core texts are:

Plato: Republic
On the Education of Children

Virginia Woolf: A Room of One's Own
W.E.B. Du Bois:
The Souls of Black Folk

BarringerFSEM I JB92975Mon Wed2:50 pm - 4:10 pmOLIN 107
BeckerFSEM I JBK92976Mon Wed6:00 pm - 7:20 pmOLIN 201
BotsteinFSEM I LB92966Tue Th6:00 pm - 7:20 pmOLIN 201
BrudvigFSEM I JBG92973Tue Th9:00 am - 10:20 amOLIN 101
DahlbergFSEM I LD92963Mon Th9:00 am - 10:20 amLC 206
FieldFSEM I TF192681Wed Fri2:50 pm - 4:10 pmOLIN 204
FieldFSEM I TF292970Wed Fri4:20 pm - 5:40 pmOLIN 204
GadsbyFSEM I PG92959Mon Wed6:00 pm - 7:20 pm OLIN 301
GrabFSEM I FG92967Wed Fri9:00 am - 10:20 amOLIN 310
HahnemannFSEM I CH92969Mon Wed9:00 am - 10:20 amOLIN 308
HellerFSEM I VH92968Mon Wed1:20 pm - 2:40 pmOLIN 201
LaFargeFSEM I BLF92678Tue Th9:00 am - 10:20 amOLIN 309
OrlinFSEM I EO92672Mon Wed1:20 pm - 2:40 pmOLIN 304
RosenbergFSEM I JR92918Mon
3:40 pm - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:20 am
LC 118
LC 118
SchwartzFSEM I LS192679Mon
10:30 am - 11:50 am
1:20 pm - 1:40 pm
OLIN 307
ASP 302
SchwartzFSEM I LS292680Mon
1:20 pm - 2:40 pm
2:50 pm - 4:10 pm
OLIN 204
OLIN 204
SmithFSEM I CVS92961Tue Th2:50 pm - 4:10 pmLC 208
SourianFSEM I PS92677Mon
3:40 pm - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:20 am
ASP 302
ASP 302
SullivanFSEM I KS92960Tue Th10:30 am - 11:50 amHEG 300
TiveyFSEM I HT92964Wed Fri9:00 am - 10:20 amOLIN 309
Van ZuylenFSEM I MVZ92654Mon Wed10:30 am - 11:50 amOLIN 107
VickFSEM I BV92965Tue Th1:20 pm - 2:40 pmOLIN 204