GERST 1126

GERST 1126

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Violence is a complex concept with a nuanced history. Beginning with Kant and progressing through philosophers such as Friedrich Engels, Walter Benjamin and Hannah Arendt, this seminar will employ close readings of philosophical texts to explore how various conceptualizations of violence have shaped the political, religious, and scientific landscapes of modern life. In addition to learning this discrete body of knowledge, you will use weekly writing activities and assigned essays to develop your own critical voice. By semester's end you will have gained a critical eye towards the institutional dilemmas of contemporary life, and through those eyes you will be empowered with the voice to change it.

When Offered Fall, Spring.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

Comments No knowledge of German is expected.

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 19116 GERST 1126   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
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