Augustine and Culture Seminars: Detailed Course Description
Course Titles: Augustine and Culture Seminar: “Ancients” (ACS 1000) and “Moderns” (ACS 1001)
Catalog Description: These seminars focus on the question: Who am I? The first seminar contains readings from Hebrew and Christian scriptures, Greek and Roman antiquity, Augustine’s Confessions, and the High Middle Ages and is dedicated to understanding the foundations of our shared intellectual tradition. The second semester continues to address the question of identity with texts from the Renaissance to the present.
ACS 1000 explores the guiding question of “Who Am I” and includes readings from each of the following:
· Hebrew Bible (Genesis recommended)
· New Testament (Recommended: Acts of the Apostles,
Gospel of Mark)
· Classical Greece (suggested readings: Homer, Plato
(Symposium, Apology), Sophocles, Aristotle
· St. Augustine’s Confessions (required)
· Medieval Europe
ACS 1001 continues to explore the question of “Who Am I?” and incorporates readings from the Renaissance to the present, including:
· One play by Shakespeare
· Two common texts (across all ACS sections) chosen
By faculty committee and drawn from a list of “great books” predominantly but not exclusively from the Western tradition (also chosen by faculty committee).
For 2012-2013: Hobbes’ Leviathan and Pascal’s Pensees.
· Two texts chosen by the individual professor from the elective reading list
· Two “open” selections
LEARNING GOALS FOR 1000/1001
To help students see the interconnections between the
various disciplines of the humanities through the common
Study of primary texts and the pursuit of fundamental
To advance students in the following skills of critical reading
and inquiry, writing, speaking and listening:
o Analyze and understand difficult and important classical texts;
o Write clearly and persuasively, supporting positions with
argumentation and evidence;
o Communicate effectively orally, based on reading and in class discussion s with other students;
o Work well and learn from other members of the class in a
climate of mutual respect.