This course will introduce students to the traditional philosophical issues. Students will examine such topics as the existence of God, the basis of ethics, and the nature of reality. We will also consider the practical application of philosophy in the political and social spheres. Throughout the course, students will learn to think critically about the topics at hand, concerning which they will form sound judgments based on fact and not opinion. The course will examine what it means to be rational, passionate, social, moral, political and religious; leading students to the core essence of what it means to be a human being.
This course is about American Government. It is a system of government that has been for generations the envy of the world. This course will explore
the roots of this government stretching back to ancient times and up to its modern influences from English Common Law and Parliamentary government. We will intimately explore the creation of the United States Constitution examining its provisions for the “Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches of government. We will study American Democracy in action and review competing narratives.
This course will introduce you to the history of the United States during the past 100 years. We will review some of the critical figures and ideas of the twentieth century, and examine several themes: the role of technology in social change, the United States' evolving position in the world community, and most importantly, the nature of America as an "imagined community" of diverse peoples. Because the scope of the course is so vast, we must skip lightly over many topics and simply ignore others. We will review competing narratives that seek to explain the American experience.