General Studies 145-146: The First-Year Experience

This course is taught in many small sections, but provides a common intellectual experience for all first-year students through the shared reading schedule, plenary lectures, Common Course Description and Common Procedures and shared Learning Goals.

The reading list changes slightly from year to year.  Here is the current list of texts and editions we are using.  (Reading lists from prior iterations of the course can be found here)

Schedule of Readings, Plenary Lectures, and Screenings

Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Except where page numbers are given, assignments refer to sections, books, parts, acts, or chapters.

Fall Semester 2017

Unit I – Origins and Beginnings
Wed 8/30 Instructor's Choice
Fri 9/1 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Vol. 1, From Preface to the end of Chapter 3 (pp. 47-83)
Mon 9/4 Frankenstein, from Vol. 1, Chapter 4, to Vol. 2, Chapter 3 (pp. 83-127)
Wed 9/6 Frankenstein , from Vol. 2, Chapter 4, to Volume 3: Chapter 3 (pp. 127-181)
Fri 9/8 Frankenstein, Vol. 3, Chapter 4 to the end of the novel (pp. 181-221)
Mon 9/11 Instructor's Choice
Wed 9/13 Genesis 1-2
Fri 9/15 Genesis 3-11
Mon 9/18 Genesis 12-22
Wed 9/20 Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, pp. 3-17 (Introduction), 71-75 (History)
Fri 9/22 The Second Sex, pp. 21-48 (Biological Data)
Mon 9/25 The Second Sex, pp. 279, 283, and Instructor's choice in Vol. 2, pt. 1
Wed 9/27 The Second Sex, pp. 753-766 (Conclusion) and Instructor's choice in Vol. 2, pt. 2
Unit II – Transforming the Self
Fri 9/29 The Bhagavad-Gita 1-2
Mon 10/2 The Bhagavad-Gita 3-6 
Wed 10/4 The Bhagavad-Gita 7-12
Fri 10/6 NO CLASS: Fall Break
Mon 10/9 Instructor’s Choice
Wed 10/11 Plato, Symposium, 172a1-193e2
Fri 10/13 Symposium, 193e3-202d9
Mon 10/16

Symposium, 202d10-212c3

Plenary Lecture on Symposium: Michelle Jenkins, Professor of Philosophy, Whitman College

***Meet in Cordiner Hall for Plenary Lectures***

Wed 10/18 Symposium, 212c4-223d16
Fri 10/20 Al-Qur'an, Suras 96, 1, 112, 93, 94, and 15
Mon 10/23 Al-Qur'an, Suras 55, 24, and 25
Wed 10/25 Al-Qur'an, Suras 10 and 7
Fri 10/27 W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, Forethought-III
Mon 10/30 The Souls of Black Folk, IV-VI
Wed 11/1 The Souls of Black Folk, VIII, X
Fri 11/3 The Souls of Black Folk, XI, XIII, XIV, and After-Thought
Mon 11/6 Instructor’s Choice
Unit III – Conditions of Mutability
Wed 11/8 John Keats, "When I have fears" and "Bright Star"
Fri 11/10 “Ode to a Nightingale” and “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
  The links above direct you to the e-reserve page for Encounters, hosted at the Penrose Library.  This page contains the reading assignment in .pdf format.  If prompted for a password, use "encounters".  Especially if your section has a "no electronics" policy, you may need to print the essay and bring it to class.
Mon 11/13 Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species, pp. 1-6, 60-79
Wed 11/15 On the Origin of Species, pp. 80-130  
Fri 11/17 On the Origin of Species, pp. 171-206, 480-490  
11/20-11/24 THANKSGIVING BREAK
Mon 11/27 Jim Dine, Carnival
Wed 11/29 Carnival
FILM SCREENINGS - 11/30, 12/3, and 12/5 at 7:00pm in Maxey Auditorium
Fri 12/1 Pedro Almodóvar, All About My Mother  
Mon 12/4 All About My Mother
Wed 12/6 All About My Mother
Fri 12/8 Instructor's Choice
Thu 12/14 2-4 pm, Encounters final exam block (not all sections will have a final exam)

 

Spring Semester 2018

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Unit IV – Revolutions
Wed 1/17 Karl Marx, Selected Writings, “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts,” pp. 54-68.
Fri 1/19 Selected Writings, “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts,” pp. 68-79.
Mon 1/22 Selected Writings, “The Communist Manifesto,” pp. 157-169.
Wed 1/24 Selected Writings, “The Communist Manifesto,” pp. 169-176, 185-186
Fri 1/26 Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Preface & First Essay
Mon 1/29 On the Genealogy of Morals, Second Essay, Sections 1-12.
Wed 1/31 On the Genealogy of Morals, Second Essay, Sections 13-25.
Fri 2/2 On the Genealogy of Morals, Third Essay, Sections 1, 2, 8-15, 23-24, and 27-28.
Mon 2/5 Instructor's Choice
Wed 2/7 M. K. Gandhi, “Hind Swaraj,” pp. xc-xcii, 5-44
Fri 2/9 “Hind Swaraj,” pp. 45-76
Mon 2/12 “Hind Swaraj,” pp. 77-117
  FILM SCREENINGS - 2/13, 2/15, and 2/20 in Maxey Auditorium
Wed 2/14 Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers
Fri 2/16 The Battle of Algiers
Wed 2/21 The Battle of Algiers
Unit V – Rewrite
Fri 2/23 William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Acts I-II
Mon 2/26 The Tempest, Act III
Wed 2/28 The Tempest, Acts IV-V
Fri 3/2

Plenary Lecture on The Tempest: Theresa DiPasquale, Professor of English, Whitman College

***Meet in Cordiner Hall for Plenary Lectures***

Mon 3/5 Aimé Césaire, A Tempest, Act I
Wed 3/7 A Tempest, Act II
Fri 3/9 A Tempest, Act III
3/12-3/23 SPRING BREAK
Mon 3/26 Werner Heisenberg, “The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory
Wed 3/28 Werner Heisenberg, “The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory
  The links above direct you to the e-reserve page for Encounters, hosted at the Penrose Library.  This page contains the reading assignment in .pdf format.  If prompted for a password, use "encounters".  Especially if your section has a "no electronics" policy, you may need to print the essay and bring it to class.
Fri 3/30 Jorge Luis Borges, "The Library of Babel," "The Garden of Forking Paths"
Mon 4/2 Borges, "The Immortal," "The Circular Ruins"
Wed 4/4 Borges, "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," "The Lottery in Babylon"
Fri 4/6 Instructor's Choice
Unit VI – Trauma and Transformation
Mon 4/9 Art Spiegelman, Maus, Vol. 1, Chapters 1-3  
Wed 4/11 Maus, Vol. 1, Chapters 4-6
Fri 4/13 Maus, Vol. 2, Chapters 1-2
Mon 4/16 Maus, Vol 2, Chapters 3-5
Wed 4/18 Kate Brown, Plutopia, Introduction, Chs. 1, 3-8, and last two paragraphs of 9
Fri 4/20 Plutopia, Chs. 10, 12, 14, 16, 19-20, 22, 30
Mon 4/23 Plutopia, Chs. 31, 36-39, and 43
Wed 4/25 Toni Morrison, Beloved I, pp. 4-59
Fri 4/27 Beloved I, pp. 60-124  
Mon 4/30 Beloved I, pp. 125-195
Wed 5/2 Beloved II
Fri 5/4 Beloved III
Mon 5/7 Instructor's Choice
Mon 5/14 2-4 pm, Encounters final exam block (not all sections will have a final exam)

Last updated August 4th, 2017. Maintained by Timothy Doyle.