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Course Code: HUMN520 Course ID: 3526 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course addresses the possibility of the existence of a proper way or path through life. Texts are chosen based on their ability to clarify moral values in the middle ages and antiquity, and are loosely grouped around themes of devotion, consolation, and the otherworld. Primary texts will be read in conjunction with historical background information. Readings will include selections of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Anchorene Wisse, the letters of Abelard and Heloise, Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, Old English stoic literature, Chaucer’s “Book of the Duchess,” and examples of journeys to the otherworld including Aeneus’ journey to Hades in Virgil’s Aeneid, selections of Dante’s Divine Comedy, Beowulf’s decent into Grendel’s mere, faerie ballads, and The Pearl.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
06/28/2021 - 12/03/2021 12/06/2021 - 01/30/2022 December Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
08/31/2021 - 02/04/2022 02/07/2022 - 04/03/2022 February Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
10/26/2021 - 04/01/2022 04/04/2022 - 05/29/2022 April Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Students who successfully complete this course will have developed the skills necessary to:

  1. Beginning with Christian antiquity and working forward into medieval texts, learn more about our humanity by looking at our predecessors’ struggles to be strong leaders, to deal with loss, to identify themselves as good people, to balance love and duty, to overcome fear, and to live a holy life.
  2. Investigate and evaluate the balance between communal solidarity and individual freedom, particularly how it shifted with the development of Christianity.
  3. Through short reading assignments, build skills in literary analysis and the succinct writing style required for abstracts and grant proposals.
  4. Engage with academic peers by forum posts with classmates, and by reading and responding to articles published in academic journals.
  5. Create a presentation using the latest technology, and defend your ideas in front of your colleagues.
  6. Synthesize the concepts in this course with independent research to produce a scholarly essay that would be worthy of publication in an academic journal.
  7. Enjoy a lifelong love of learning!
NameGrade %
Forums 50.00 %
Week 1 Forum 6.25 %
Week 2 Forum 6.25 %
Week 3 Forum 6.25 %
Week 4 Forum 6.25 %
Week 5 Forum 6.25 %
Week 6 Forum 6.25 %
Week 7 Forum 6.25 %
Week 8 Forum 6.25 %
Literature Review 15.00 %
Week 4 Research Project: Literature Review 15.00 %
Research Presentation 15.00 %
Week 6 Research Project: Presentation 15.00 %
Critical Essay 20.00 %
Week 8 Research Project: Critical Essay 20.00 %

Students who successfully complete this course will have developed the skills necessary to:

  1. Beginning with Christian antiquity and working forward into medieval texts, learn more about our humanity by looking at our predecessors’ struggles to be strong leaders, to deal with loss, to identify themselves as good people, to balance love and duty, to overcome fear, and to live a holy life.
  2. Investigate and evaluate the balance between communal solidarity and individual freedom, particularly how it shifted with the development of Christianity.
  3. Through short reading assignments, build skills in literary analysis and the succinct writing style required for abstracts and grant proposals.
  4. Engage with academic peers by forum posts with classmates, and by reading and responding to articles published in academic journals.
  5. Create a presentation using the latest technology, and defend your ideas in front of your colleagues.
  6. Synthesize the concepts in this course with independent research to produce a scholarly essay that would be worthy of publication in an academic journal.
  7. Enjoy a lifelong love of learning!
Book Title:The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri : Volume 2: Purgatorio (Ebook available in the APUS Online Library)
ISBN:9780195087413
Publication Info:Oxford University Press
Author:Durling, R. and Martinez, R.
 
Book Title:All readings will be provided to students through links in the classroom. If you wish to purchase a hard copy of any of the texts, please contact your professor for recommendations.
ISBN:AMN
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.