Common Topics

History texts currently used in Western Culture 101:

Kagan, Donald, et al., The Western Heritage: Teaching and Learning Classroom Edition, Vol. 1 (to 1750). New York: Pearson, 2012. ISBN 10: 020572891X. 864 pages.

Hunt, Lynn. et al., The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, Vol. 1 (to 1750). 4th ed. Boston and New York: Bedford Saint Martins, 2012.  And companion source books.  ISBN:  0312672691.  

Western Culture 101: Beginning to 900 C. E.

Common Topics and Events:

  1. Civilization in the fertile crescent
  2. Rise of Athens and democracy
  3. Roman Empire and its aftermath
  4. Hebrew culture
  5. Rise of Christianity

Common Texts:

  1. Homer, Iliad, selections
  2. Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
  3. Plato, Apology
  4. Genesis, selections, and one gospel, selections
  5. Augustine, Confessions, selections

Common Work of Art: The Parthenon

Western Culture 102: 900-1800 C.E.

Common Topics and Events

  1. Middle Ages
  2. Rise of the nation-state
  3. Florence and the renaissance
  4. Protestant reformation
  5. Scientific revolution
  6. Enlightenment and the French Revolution

Common Texts:

  1. Dante, Inferno, excerpts
  2. Machiavelli, The Prince, excerpts
  3. Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
  4. Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, excerpts
  5. Madison, Federalist 10, and the Declaration of Independence

Common Work of Art: Chartres

Western Culture 103: 1800-Present C. E.

Common Topics and Events:

  1. Romanticism
  2. Industrial revolution
  3. Democratization of the world
  4. Science and technology
  5. The world wars
  6. The modern world

Common Texts:

  1. Darwin, The Origin of Species, excerpts, or a modern account of evolution
  2. Marx, The Communist Manifesto
  3. Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents, excerpts
  4. Chinua Achebe,  Things Fall Apart
  5. Martin Luther King, Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  6. Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, excerpts

Common Work of Art: Beethoven