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, Screenings, and Performances

Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

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

Fall Semester 2016

Unit I – Origins and Beginnings
Wed 8/31 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Vol. 1, From Preface to the end of Chapter 3 (pp. 47-83)
Fri 9/2 Frankenstein, from Vol. 1, Chapter 4, to Vol. 2, Chapter 3 (pp. 83-127)
Mon 9/5 Frankenstein , from Vol. 2, Chapter 4, to Volume 3: Chapter 3 (pp. 127-181)
Wed 9/7 Frankenstein, Vol. 3, Chapter 4 to the end of the novel (pp. 181-221)
Fri 9/9 Instructor's Choice
Mon 9/12 Genesis 1-2
Wed 9/14

Genesis 3-11

Plenary Lecture on Genesis: Robert Alter, Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, U.C. Berkeley

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

Fri 9/16 Review Genesis 3-11
Mon 9/19 Genesis 12-22
Wed 9/21 Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, pp. 3-17 (Introduction), 71-75 (History)
Fri 9/23 The Second Sex, pp. 21-48 (Biological Data)
Mon 9/26 The Second Sex, pp. 279, 283, and Instructor's choice in Vol. 2, pt. 1
Wed 9/28 The Second Sex, pp. 753-766 (Conclusion) and Instructor's choice in Vol. 2, pt. 2
Fri 9/30 Instructor's Choice
Unit II – Transforming the Self
Mon 10/3 The Bhagavad-Gita 1-2
Wed 10/5 The Bhagavad-Gita 3-6 
Fri 10/7 NO CLASS: Fall Break
Mon 10/10 The Bhagavad-Gita 7-12
Wed 10/12 Plato, Symposium, 172a1-193e2
Fri 10/14 Symposium, 193e3-202d9
Mon 10/17 Symposium, 202d10-212c3
Wed 10/19 Symposium, 212c4-223d16
Fri 10/21 Al-Qur'an, Suras 96, 1, 112, 93, 94, and 15
Mon 10/24 Al-Qur'an, Suras 55, 24, and 25
Wed 10/26 Al-Qur'an, Suras 10 and 7
Fri 10/28 W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, Forethought-III
Mon 10/31 The Souls of Black Folk, IV-VI
Wed 11/2 The Souls of Black Folk, VIII, X
Fri 11/4 The Souls of Black Folk, XI, XIII, XIV, and After-Thought
Unit III – Conditions of Mutability
Mon 11/7 John Keats, "When I have fears" and "Bright Star"
Wed 11/9 “Ode to a Nightingale” and “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
Fri 11/11 Instructor's Choice
Mon 11/14 Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species, pp. 1-6, 60-79
Wed 11/16

On the Origin of Species, pp. 80-130

Plenary Lecture on On the Origin of Species: Pat Spencer, Professor of Geology, Whitman College

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

Fri 11/18 On the Origin of Species, pp. 171-206, 480-490  
11/21-11/25 THANKSGIVING BREAK
Mon 11/28 Jim Dine, Carnival
Wed 11/30 Carnival
FILM SCREENINGS - TBD in Maxey Auditorium
Fri 12/2 Pedro Almodóvar, All About My Mother  
Mon 12/5 All About My Mother
Wed 12/7 All About My Mother
Fri 12/9 Instructor's Choice
Fri 12/16 2-4 pm, Encounters final exam block (not all sections will have a final exam)

 

Spring Semester 2017

Unit IV – Revolutions
Wed 1/18 Karl Marx, Selected Writings, “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts,” pp. 54-68.
Fri 1/20 Selected Writings, “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts,” pp. 68-79.
Mon 1/23 Selected Writings, “The Communist Manifesto,” pp. 157-169.
Wed 1/25 Selected Writings, “The Communist Manifesto,” pp. 169-176, 185-186
Fri 1/27 Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Preface & First Essay (The tentatively scheduled plenary lecture has been canceled; attend your sections as normal.)
Mon 1/30 On the Genealogy of Morals, Second Essay, Sections 1-12.
Wed 2/1 On the Genealogy of Morals, Second Essay, Sections 13-25.
Fri 2/3 On the Genealogy of Morals, Third Essay, Sections 1, 2, 8-15, 23-24, and 27-28.
Mon 2/6 Instructor's Choice
Wed 2/8 M. K. Gandhi, “Hind Swaraj,” pp. xc-xcii, 5-44
Fri 2/10 “Hind Swaraj,” pp. 45-76
Mon 2/13 “Hind Swaraj,” pp. 77-117
  FILM SCREENINGS - TBD in Maxey Auditorium
Wed 2/15 Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers
Fri 2/17 The Battle of Algiers
Wed 2/22 Instructor's Choice
Unit V – Rewrite
Fri 2/24 William Shakespeare, King Lear, Scenes 1-5
Mon 2/27 King Lear, Secnes 6-11
King Lear Performances: 2/28 and 3/1.  Tickets will be distributed by section instructors. You must attend the performance to which your section is assigned.
Wed 3/1 King Lear, Scenes 12-21
Fri 3/3 King Lear, Scenes 22-24
Mon 3/6 Galileo, The Essential Galileo, pp. 233-250
Wed 3/8 The Essential Galileo, pp. 334-367
Fri 3/10 The Essential Galileo, pp. 109-145
3/13-3/24 SPRING BREAK
Mon 3/27

Plenary Lecture on "The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory": Mark Beck, Whitman College, Professor of Physics

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

Wed 3/29 Werner Heisenberg, “The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory
Fri 3/31 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.
Mon 4/3 Jorge Luis Borges, "The Library of Babel," "The Garden of Forking Paths"
Wed 4/5 Borges, "The Immortal," "The Circular Ruins"
Fri 4/7 Borges, "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," "The Lottery in Babylon"
Unit VI – Trauma and Transformation
Mon 4/10 Art Spiegelman, Maus, Vol. 1, Chapters 1-3  
Wed 4/12 Maus, Vol. 1, Chapters 4-6
Fri 4/14 Maus, Vol. 2, Chapters 1-2
Mon 4/17 Maus, Vol 2, Chapters 3-5
Wed 4/19 Kate Brown, Plutopia, Introduction-Ch. 9
Fri 4/21 Plutopia, Chs. 10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 22, 24, 26, and 30-32
Mon 4/24 Plutopia, Chs. 34 and 36-43
Wed 4/26 Toni Morrison, Beloved I, pp. 4-59
Fri 4/28 Beloved I, pp. 60-124  
Mon 5/1 Beloved I, pp. 125-195
Wed 5/3 Beloved II
Fri 5/5 Beloved III
Mon 5/8 Instructor's Choice
Sat 5/13 9-11 am, Encounters final exam block (not all sections will have a final exam)

Last updated June 14th, 2016. Maintained by Timothy Doyle.