HIST104 - HISTORY AND HUMAN NATURE

Description: 
In this seminar, we will take up the topic of human nature as a gambit for establishing common ground and stimulating a deeper intellectual community among incoming University Scholars. Or perhaps we will work the other way round. Perhaps we will draw upon that deeper community as a way of enriching our conversation as we take up the perennially challenging topic of human nature. Either way, we will engage in a wide-ranging reconnaissance of major theories on the topic. We will examine conceptions of humankind drawn from such disciplines as economics, psychology, religion, literature, linguistics, anthropology, and philosophy. Lurking behind all of our endeavor will be questions of time and place, questions, if you will, of history; is human nature best understood as constant or contingent, stable or changeful with time and circumstance? We should have a lot of fun. (Open only to first year students in the University Scholars Program.)
Instructors: 
ZUCKERMAN, MICHAEL
Day and Time: 
W 0200PM-0500PM
Room: 

WILLIAMS HALL 843

Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
    Registration Notes: 
    FRESHMAN SEMINAR; SECTION FOR HONORS STUDENTS
    • Major Concentrations: American
    • Major/Minor requirements fulfilled: US