Course Descriptions

Fall 2014

Descriptions are for Fall 2014 courses only. View catalog for a complete list.

MLS 530 Gandhi's Philosophy, Life and Legacy

MLS 571M Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!

MLS 588 Art of Landscape Design

MLS 602 The Human Order [4]
The social and political philosophies of the ancient world reflect the effort to shape the human community according to a universal order in which human beings have a natural place and a natural purpose. In this course, students explore the social and political thought of ancient Greece and Rome in the context of the culture in which that thought arose. The course also examines the cosmology and science of the ancient world, with an emphasis on the attempt to direct the powers of reason to the discovery of a natural order. 

MLS 604 The Origins of Modernity [4]
If ancient social and political thought can be characterized by the attempt to fashion a human order that reflected the order of the universe, modern thought must be characterized by the effort to establish order in the human community without the help of a divine being and without knowledge of a transcendent natural order. This course investigates the various ways in which modern social, aesthetic, and political thinkers endeavor to rest human society on purely secular foundations. 

MLS 606 Masterpieces of Modern Literature [4]
This course explores the ways in which literature has come to question and define values in the modern world. As writers have endeavored to come to grips with the social, political, and spiritual dislocations of modern life, they have pursued themes of meaning, identity, community, and communication in order to examine the complexities and perplexities of the human condition.