History | The Common Good: Lessons from History
W300 | 10622 | Bucur

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MA's only
Above class meets with PACE-C300

What is the common good?  How have people over time attempted to
construct ideas, institutions, actions, or objects that embody
various definitions of the common good?  How successful have these
attempts been?   Divided into four sections (ideas, institutions,
objects, deeds), the course examines two case studies (drawn from
European history) in each section to enable students to develop a
comparative understanding of how varied attempts at creating the
common good have fared over time and might fare differently in our
contemporary world.  Students will be asked to keep a journal;
engage in classroom discussion of primary sources; participate in
debates; and develop a final project that could take the form of a
paper, another analytical/creative project (e.g., website), or a
community action undertaking.