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GENERAL EDUCATION

GNED-120
General Education Area 2 Topic (1-3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Special topics offered periodically for General Education credit in Foundational Area 2.

GNED-120
N02S
GENERAL EDUCATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

General Education Area 2 Topic (1-3)

The Examined Life

This first-year seminar for entering freshmen begins with a three-week summer session in Thessaloniki, Greece and continues with a fall term seminar on the AU campus. The focus of the course is an examination of the roots of justice and daily life in the ancient Greek world by reading historical, literary, and philosophical texts. In addition students spend time studying art history and complete a museum practicum. In Greece, classes are based at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) and are supplemented and enhanced with walking tours and site visits throughout Thessaloniki and its environs. Meets with GNED-110 N02S.

GNED-120
001
GENERAL EDUCATION
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

General Education Area 2 Topic (1-3)

The Examined Life

Following the 3-week summer living and learning experience in Thessaloniki, Greece, this first-year seminar for entering freshmen continues on-campus in the fall semester. The course gives students a fuller picture of the Ancient Greek world upon which Western society, thought, and culture were built. Through the examination of philosophical texts, students pursue an understanding of the Greek desire for a beautiful life, especially as it pertains to art, love, politics, and the thirst for knowledge. Meets with GNED-120 001.

GNED-120
002
GENERAL EDUCATION
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

General Education Area 2 Topic (1-3)

Do the Right Thing

This course makes the case for doing the right thing. It explores questions about conduct--what to do, how to act, and why--as understood by the most salient theories of ethics. Examining major works in Western philosophy, the class discusses issues including moral goodness and evil, the nature of justice and rights, the relationship between morality and self-interest, the justification of moral judgments, relativism versus objective truth, the role of pleasure in the good life, and the meaning of character and virtue. Another central concern is to examine the relationship between "doing the right thing" and living the good life. This is done by applying ethical theories to contemporary moral issues pertinent to both college life (online social relations, academic plagiarism, drug use) and public policy (prostitution, animal rights, responsibility in media coverage).

GNED-120
003
GENERAL EDUCATION
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

General Education Area 2 Topic (1-3)

Do the Right Thing

This course makes the case for doing the right thing. It explores questions about conduct--what to do, how to act, and why--as understood by the most salient theories of ethics. Examining major works in Western philosophy, the class discusses issues including moral goodness and evil, the nature of justice and rights, the relationship between morality and self-interest, the justification of moral judgments, relativism versus objective truth, the role of pleasure in the good life, and the meaning of character and virtue. Another central concern is to examine the relationship between "doing the right thing" and living the good life. This is done by applying ethical theories to contemporary moral issues pertinent to both college life (online social relations, academic plagiarism, drug use) and public policy (prostitution, animal rights, responsibility in media coverage).

GNED-120
N01
GENERAL EDUCATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

General Education Area 2 Topic (1-3)

Cuba: Serving Social Justice

Focusing Cuban society, this course provides both intellectual engagement and hands-on practice of the social service priorities of the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars (FDDS) program. The course introduces students to the interrelation between Cuban conceptions of race and racial justice on one hand, to how similar issues play out in U.S. culture on the other. The course emphasizes the role of cultural identity and activism in defining ideas of nation, citizenship, social justice, and service to others. Prerequisite: admission to the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars (FDDS) program. Meets with GNED-130 N01 GNED-140 N01.