Great Books 1: The Human Condition (ICLS2624)


What are the great spiritual and philosophical works of world literature? How have they come to be so regarded? What is it that has made them so enduring and adaptable? What is their relevance to a postmodern society? This unit introduces, in English and from a contemporary perspective, some of the literary cornerstones of reflection on the human condition and seeks to reveal and understand some of their continuing power.

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1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x5 minute oral presentation with one page written plan (equivalent to 1000wds) (10%), 1x2500wd essay (45%), 1x2500wd take home exam (45%)

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12 junior credit points from European Studies, European, Middle Eastern or Classical Languages or Studies, Asian Studies, English, Government, History, Ancient History, Philosophy, Political Economy, Sociology or Media and Communication



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