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Great Books Course Modules

The curricular modules below were all composed by faculty from the five founding institutions of the National Great Books Curriculum Academic Community and have been successfully offered in the classroom. Each module contains syllabi, exam questions, discussion questions, recommended web sites and a theme that ties together the focus of the course’s primary readings. .All modules also frankly discuss the challenges these materials present to community college students, offer strategies, and enumerate the benefits students gain from these works. These modules hope to serve several needs.

  1. To show how Great Books can be easily by integrated into core curricular courses while providing a richness of study that can be put to special use for underserved and minority students.
  2. To offer modules that can be used as comprehensive "off the shelf" courses, or as materials that can be be adapted or partially adopted to meet the particular needs of an individual faculty or class.
  3. To enable those who would like to interest fellow faculty and administrators in forming a Great Books Curriculum how inexpensively and interestingly the Great Books can be fully integrated into the overall goals and skill acquisition targets that the core courses were originally created to meet.

A last point. Readers who look beyond then prosaic elements inherent in such documents will be struck by the impressive range of creative, innovative, and intellectually ingenious approaches and solutions devised by these faculty contributors.. Indeed, a core goal and benefit of the National Great Books Curriculum Academic Community is to help faculty to engage their own intellectual development in the small number of courses they teach over a long career, thereby sustaining and nurturing their intellectual curiosity and growth indefinitely. These modules prove no faculty need be intellectually imprisoned by the constrained dimensions of the typical college textbook.

Curricular Modules by Discipline
Standard Composition
Government, Society, and the Individual - Professor. Daniel Borzutzky
Emphasis on Classical Rhetoric - Professor Bruce Gans
Pursuit of Happiness - Professor Lucy Graca
Family of Man - Professor Sarah Liston
Research Paper
Power in Livy’s History of Rome - Professor Bruce Gans
Political Philosophy and the Indivdual and the Community - Professor Kim Knutson
Myth and Modernity - Professor Christine Perri
Shakespeare on Power Responsibility and Death - Professor Michael Petersen
Literature Courses
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Drama
Truth - Professor Matt Usner
Introduction to Fiction
Individual and the Community - Professor Judy Hanley
Contemporary American Literature
Modern Cities and Identities - Professor Larry Su
Introduction to Shakespeare: Usurpation - Professor Helen (Lyn) Ward Page
Advanced Studies in Shakespeare: Hero and Heroine - Professor Helen (Lyn) Ward Page
Intro to Shakespeare: Transformations - Professor Ann Wilkinson
British Literature
Sacred Literature
Women's Literature
World Literature
Being Loved, Being Unloved - Professor Bruce Gans
Masterpieces of Literature (Ancient to Renaissance)
Great Books Seminar
Great Books Seminar: Time - Professor Bruce Gans
Critical Thinking and Advanced Composition
Individual and the Search for Autonomy - Professor Ann Wilkinson
Humanities - Professor Lisa Lanyon
Humanities: Pursuit of Happiness - Professor Lisa Lanyon
Political Science

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