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ICLS2624: Great Books 1: The Human Condition

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 translation 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.

Code ICLS2624
Academic unit International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level from ICLS or English or European Studies or (12 credit points at 1000 or 2000 or 3000 level from Arabic Language and Cultures or Chinese Studies or French and Francophone Studies or Germanic Studies or Modern Hebrew or Indonesian Studies or Italian Studies or Japanese Studies or Korean Studies or Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies or Spanish and Latin American Studies or History)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. compare historically and culturally grounded undertandings of 'the human condition'
  • LO2. discuss the role of generic conventions in shaping understandings of 'the human condition'
  • LO3. critically assess secondary sources
  • LO4. use textual and contextual evidence in order to construct a written argument.
  • LO5. Communicate effectively and ethically in oral and written form (on-line and off)

Unit outlines

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