Course Schedule

HONS1102 printable syllabus for Spring 2021

Please note that due dates for tests and writing assignments will be announced in class.

Please note that assignments may change, so watch the Announcements section of our blackboard site and your email, and listen and make note of any changes as they are announced in class.

Constantine, councils & creeds

Theodosius presiding over the races in the Hippodrome in Constantinople
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Read before class:

  • Eusebius, Life of Constantine (Readings in World Christian History, hereafter referred to as “WCH” 87-97)
  • Letters of Arius and Alexander (WCH 98-101)
  • Creeds (WCH 101-102)

China: The Period of Division & the development of Buddhism

Buddha from Yungang Cave Northern Wei period, 5th century
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Read before class:

  • Tao Qian (Norton Anthology of World Literatures, hereafter referred to as “NAWL” 1091-1104) (3rd ed. 1001-1014)
  • Chinese Buddhism (Sources of Chinese Tradition, Vol. 1, hereafter referred to as “SCT” 415-26, 433-34, 444-52, 471-74, 481-82, 485-89)

Augustine

Augustine Lateran Basilica, Rome 6th century
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Read before class:

  • Confessions (NAWL 49-56, 58-62)(3rd ed 49-56, 58-62) (Course Packet, hereafter referred to as “CP”, pp. 1-5)
  • City of God (WCH 195-206, ch. 4, 10, 13, 17, 26, 27) (CP 6-7)
  • Augustine on the Jews (CP 8-9)

Monasticism

St. Catherine's Monastery Mount Sinai, 6th century
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Read before class:

  • Athanasius, Life of Anthony (WCH 131-44 – intro, ch. 1-5, 8-10, 14, 44-47, 50, 69-73, 81, 87, 93)
  • Basil, Longer Rule (WCH 144-47)
  • Benedict, The Rule of St. Benedict (Introduction to Contemporary Civilization in the West, hereafter referred to as “ICCW” 175-89)

Justinian, Orthodoxy, and the Byzantine Empire

Justinian and his court San Vitale, Ravenna
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Read before class:

  • The Council of Chalcedon (WCH 165-71, 175-76)
  • Third Council of Constantinople, Exposition (CP 10-11)
  • Justinian, Corpus Iuris Civilis (CP 12-13)
  • Justinian, Novella VI (CP 14)
  • Justinian, Novella 146 On the Jews (CP 15-16)
  • Agapetus, “Advice to the Emperor Justinian” (CP 17)

The Quran

14th century Quran, Damascus
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Read before class:

  • Qur’an, Sura 1, 4, 12, 55, 77-107 (Norton Anthology of World Religions: Islam, hereafter referred to as “NAWR- Islam”)

China: Tang Dynasty

Night-Shining White, by Han Gan, c. 750
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Read before class:

  • Han Yu (SCT 568-73, 582-86)
  • The Meditation School of Chinese Buddhism (SCT 491-504)
  • Nestorian Stele and Chinese Christian Sutras (WCH 243-51)
  • Tang Poetry (instructors’ choice from NAWL)

Continuity and Tradition in Judaism and Islam

Talmud Scrolls
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Read before class:

  • The Babylonian Talmud (CP 18-31)
  • Al-Bukhari, Muslim, (NAWR-Islam, pp. 166-179)
  • Al-Shafi’i, Al-Qayrawani, (NAWR-Islam, pp. 195-203, 210-17)

Study Day

Thursday, February 25, 2021


Faith & Philosophy in Islam

Madrasa bun Inania Meknes, Morocco Founded by Abu Inan Faris in 1350
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Read before class:

  • Abu Hanifa Al-Ash’ari (NAWR-Islam, 220-232)
  • Ibn Rushd, The Decisive Treatise  (NAWR-Islam, 277-85)
  • Al-Ghazali, Deliverance from Error (NAWR-Islam, 418-31)

Church & State

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Read before class:

  • Pope Gelasius, On spiritual and temporal power (CP 32)
  • John of Damascus, On the Divine Images (WCH 291-94, ch. 6. 7, 11, 14)
  • The Iconoclast controversy (CP 33-35)
  • Popes and Carolingian kings (CP 36-37)
  • The Donation of Constantine (CP 38-39)

China: Song Dynasty

Scholar in a Meadow 11th century
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Read before class:

  • Wang Anshi (SCT 609-16)
  • Zhu Xi (SCT 697-702, 706-707, 713-14, 720-22, 725-27, 729-31, 749-51)

War in the Islamic & Christian Traditions

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Read before class:

  • Augustine, To Count Boniface; Reply to Faustus the Manichean 22 (CP 40-44)
  • Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (CP 64-77). (ICCW 215-217, 220-223)
  • The Qur’an on warfare (CP 45)
  • Hadiths on jihad from the Sahih of Muslim Ibn Hajjaj (CP 46-49)

 


Christian/Muslim Encounters

The Capture of Constantinople Tintoretto, Ducal Palace, Venice
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Read before class:

  • The Pact of Umar (CP 50)
  • Patriarch Timothy, “Apology before the Caliph Mahdi” (WCH 231-42)
  • Patriarch Nicholas I Mysticus, “Letters to Muslim rulers” (CP 51)
  • Pope Urban II, “Speech at the Council of Clermont” (CP 52-57)
  • Guibert de Nogent, The Deeds of God through the Franks (WCH 324-34)
  • Ibn al-Athir (WCH 334-35)

Development of Scholastic Method and Universities

Sainte Chapelle, Paris 1250
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Read before class:

  • Robert De Courcon, “Statutes for the University of Paris” (CP 58-59)
  • Peter Abelard, Sic et Non (CP 60)
  • Domingo Gundisalvo, De divisione philosophiae (CP 61-62)
  • Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (ICCW 203-204 Second Article, 206-207 Fifth Article)

 


God and Philosophy

The Triumph of St. Thomas Aquinas, by Francesco Traini 1340
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Read before class:

  • Anselm, Proslogion (CP 63-64)
  • Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed (CP 65-69)
  • Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles (CP 70-72)
  • Aquinas, Summa Theologica (ICCW 202-203 First Article, 209-14)

The Influence of Aristotle and the development of medieval science

This 16th century miniature depicts a meeting of doctors at the University of Paris.
Thursday, March 25, 2021

Read before class:

  • Adelard of Bath, Natural Questions (CP 73-75)
  • Domingo Gundisalvo, De divisione philosophiae (CP 76-79)
  • “Statute of the Faculty of the Arts, 1272” (CP 80)
  • “The Condemnations of 1277” (CP 81)
  • John Buridan, Questions on the Eight Books of the Physics of Aristotle (CP 82-84)
  • John Buridan, Questions on the Four Books On the heavens and the World of Aristotle (CP 85-86)

Study Day

Tuesday, March 30, 2021


Holy Thursday – No classes

Thursday, April 1, 2021


Political Theory

Frederick II, from his treatise on falconry (13th century, the Vatican Library)
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Read before class:

  • Pope Gregory VII, “Dictatus Papae” (CP 87)
  • Pope Gregory VII and King Henry IV (CP 88-91)
  • Aquinas, On the Governance of Rulers (ICCW 241-55)
  • Dante, De Monarchia (ICCW 302-305, 310-21)
  • Al-Farabi, The Virtuous City (NAWR-Islam 258-65)
  • Ibn Sina, The Book of Healing (NAWR-Islam 267-69, 274-76)

Society, Polity, Poetry

Magna carta cum statutis angliae (Great Charter with English Statutes), early 14th-century
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Read before class:

  • Social relations and hierarchy (CP 92-93)
  • Magna Carta (ICCW 416-19, 422, 425-27)
  • Courtly love and poetry (CP 94); (NAWL – selected by instructors)
  • Villani, Florentine Chronicle (CP 95-102)

Dante – The Divine Comedy

Dante Aligheri, by Sandro Botticelli, 1495
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Read before class:

  • Inferno, cantos 1-5, 18-19, 28, 33-34 (NAWL)
  • Purgatorio, cantos 1,2, 27, 30
  • Paradiso, canto 33

 


Mendicants, Heretics, Jews

St. Francis preaching to the birds (Giotto, Basilica of St. Francis, Assisi)
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Read before class:

  • Francis of Assisi, Testament, “Canticle of the Sun,” Rule of the Franciscan Order (CP 103-107)
  • Soloman bar Samson (CP 108-110)
  • Innocent III, Constitution for the Jews (CP 111)
  • Bernard Gui, Manual of the Inquisitor (ICCW 256-65)

Byzantines, Latins & Muslims

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Read before class:

  • Pope Innocent III (ICCW 393-94)
  • Nicetas Choniates (WCH 335-36)
  • James I of Aragon (WCH 336-38)
  • The Lives of Mar Yahbh-Allaha and Rabban Sawma (WCH 373-78)
  • Ibn Khaldun, The Muqaddimah (CP 112-114)
  • Rumi (NAWL 381-86) (3rd ed. 352-54)

The Late Middle Ages

Boccaccio and Florentines fleeing the plague, from a 1485 Bruges manuscript
Thursday, April 22, 2021

Read before class:

  • Responses to the Black Death (CP 115-120)
  • John Wycliffe (ICCW 679-81)
  • The Council of Constance (WCH 414-15)

Boccaccio & Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Read before class:

  • Decameron (NAWL 719-28) (3rd 609-618)
  • The Canterbury Tales (NAWL 772-819) (3rd ed. 662-709)

China: Early Ming Dynasty

Empress Xu
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Read before class:

  • Empress Xu (SCT 831-36)
  • Wang Yangming (SCT 841-55)

Renaissance Humanism

Pope Sixtus IV appoints Bartolomeo Platina Prefect of the Vatican Library Melozzo da Forli, 1477 Vatican Museums
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Read before class:

  • Coluccio Salutati, “Letters” (ICCW 565-80)
  • Giovanni Pico della Mirandola , Oration on the Dignity of Man (ICCW 581-87)
  • Juan Luis Vives, A Fable about Man (CP 121-127)

Renaissance Society and Politics

Detail from the Sistene Chapel, Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam"
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Read before class:

  • Leonardo Bruni , “Panegyric to the City of Florence” (CP 128-129)
  • Petrus Paulus Vergerius, “The New Education” (CP 130-133 )
  • Juan Luis Vives, On Assitance to the Poor (CP 134-136)
  • Christine de Pizan, Book of the City of Ladies (NAWL 893-98, 908-12) (3rd ed. 783-88, 798-803)

Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Read before class:

  • The Prince (ICCW 459, 463-79)
  • Discourses on Livy (CP 137)