Feb 26, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024
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CARS 2140 - Human Aspirations Among the Greeks and Romans

Is it enough to merely live? This course introduces students to how ancient authors and thinkers explored deep questions about life and the human condition, exploring their views of what it means not only to live, but to live well. Studying famous classical works of drama, literature, history, philosophy, and religion, the course explores what it means to be human, and how great thinkers have described the human experience and the goals to which humans aspire. These writers believed that the world does not get better through random chance, but by deliberate action that grows out of carefully reasoned beliefs about how life should be. This course explores how these aspirations arose in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, how they developed over time, and how they still shape much of modern thought about humanity and the human condition. The course has no prerequisites.

Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Constructed World
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2HL
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMAH Arts & Humanities
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to analyze, explain, interpret, and evaluate the arguments of a diverse range of primary authors and texts, and how they considered particular issues or problems.
  • Students will be able to place the arguments of primary authors and texts within their proper historical, literary, and intellectual context, and recognize the influence of that context on the author’s thinking and assumptions.
  • Students will be able to explain the development of complex ideas over time and through a diverse range of interdisciplinary texts, explaining the strengths and weaknesses of each.
  • Students will be able to recognize and articulate the influence of their own perspective, assumptions, and cultural biases on their interpretation of ancient arguments.
  • Students will be able to explain the influence of ancient thinking about ideals and aspirations on contemporary society.
  • Students will be able to use their analysis of primary texts to develop complex, evidence-based arguments that they express both verbally and non-verbally.

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