English | INTRODUCTION TO WRITING AND THE STUDY OF LITERATURE 2
L142 | 1838 | Miller


Title: "The Ends of Education"
Lecture 02:30P-03:20P MW
This course will concern the personal and public motivations for university
education.  Why does our society devote its resources to the university?
Why do you?  To provoke us in our conversation about the ends or purposes of
education we will read texts including (most likely) Plato's _Apology_,
Sophocles' _Oedipus Rex_, Mary Shelley's _Frankenstein_, Mary
Wollstonecraft's _Vindication of the Rights of Women_, Immanuel Kant's "What
is Enlightenment?" and essays by bell hooks, Matthew Arnold, Vicki Hearne
and others.  Students will write a series of fairly short essays (improving
your writing is a principle goal of the course), and take a midterm and final.