HUMAN-150 - Introduction to Great Ideas - Adam Kaiserman
|Course:||Introduction to Great Ideas|
My name is Adam Kaiserman, and I am Professor of English at College of the Canyons as well as the chair of our Humanities Program. Before coming to College of the Canyons, I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine. I have been teaching at COC for nine years now.
In HUM 150 students trace the evolution of an idea in the humanities from antiquity and its influence on contemporary values and ideas through the reading of great works of literature and philosophy. In this section of the class, we will be tracing the evolution of the idea of utopia—the ideal society—and its inverse, dystopia. The purpose of utopia is to envision a better world; the purpose of dystopia is to warn of a worse world if we keep on the same course. Our class will focus more on utopia as a way of examining problems of leadership, economic inequality, gender inequality, racial inequality, and the degradation of the environment. How can ideas of the perfect society help us get there? How can visions of the worst world act as warnings for which we should be alert?
My goals in this class are threefold: to teach you about philosophy and literature, to teach you about the history of an idea, and to think about how we might make the world a better place.
What to Expect in this Course
Students will need to use Canvas for the class.
Types of Assessments
Discussion boards every week
3 Papers which build upon each other
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Mostly our texts will be accessible through the library.
Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future (Columbia UP: 978-0231169547)
Matthew Schneider-Mayerson and Brent Ryan Bellamy, An Ecotopian Lexicon (Minnesota UP: 978-1-5179-0590-3)
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Last updated: 11/17/2021 Sub#: 1148