Instructor: Dr. Muammer Kaymak
E-mail: mkaymak @ hacettepe.edu.tr
Course Blog: http://introduction-philosophy.blogspot.com/
Office Hours: Tuesday 10:00-12:00 & Friday, 15:30-17:00 or by appointment via e-mail
Course Requirements and Evaluation Method:
Students are obliged to read the assigned readings.
The grade for the course will depend on:
a) Midterm Exam 30%
b) Book Review 20%
b) Final Exam 50%
Lectures and class discussions take place mainly depending on the reading materials.
Marvin Perry, Western Civilization, A Brief History, WADSWORTH, Cengage Learning 10th Edition. 2013
Some fragments from primary sources will be published on this course blog.
A book list for review will be announced later in the course blog. That’s why you should use follow by e-mail function in the blog.
Part I: THE ANCIENT WORLD: FOUNDATION OF THE WEST TO A.D. 500.
1. The Ancient Near East: The First Civilizations.
2. The Hebrews: A New View of God and the Individual.
3. The Greeks: From Myth to Reason.
4. Rome: From City-State to World Empire.
5. Early Christianity: A World Religion.
Part II: THE MIDDLE AGES: THE CHRISTIAN CENTURIES 500–1400.
6. The Rise of Europe: Fusion of Classical, Christian, and Germanic Traditions.
7. The Flowering and Dissolution of Medieval Civilization.
Part III: THE RISE OF MODERNITY: FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO THE ENLIGHTENMENT 1350–1789.
8. Transition to the Modern Age: Renaissance and Reformation.
9. Political and Economic Transformation: National States, Overseas Expansion, Commercial Revolution.
10. Intellectual Transformation: The Scientific Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment.
Part IV: THE MODERN WEST: PROGRESS AND BREAKDOWN 1789–1914.
11. The Era of the French Revolution: Affirmation of Liberty and Equality.
12. The Industrial Revolution: The Transformation of Society.
13. Thought and Culture in the Early Nineteenth Century.
14. Surge of Liberalism and Nationalism: Revolution, Counterrevolution, and Unification.
15. Thought and Culture in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: Realism, Positivism, Darwinism, and Social Criticism.
16. Europe in the Late Nineteenth Century: Modernization, Nationalism, Imperialism.
17. Modern Consciousness: New Views of Nature, Human Nature, and the Arts.
Part V: WESTERN CIVILIZATION IN CRISIS: WORLD WARS AND TOTALITARIANISM 1914–1945.
18. World War I: The West in Despair.
19. An Era of Totalitarianism.
20. World War II: Western Civilization in the Balance.
Part VI: THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD.
21. Europe After World War II: Recovery and Realignment, 1945-1989.
22. The Troubled Present.
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