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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to master at least two of the following tasks, one of which must be the second item listed:

  • Explain one or more meanings of “the West” or the western world in relation to the particular topic or area under study.
  • Construct a narrative of the West relevant to the course, identifying at least two major periods or epochs, characterizing their central themes and chronological places in that narrative.
  • Identify at least two forms of critical self-examination in western narratives.
  • Explain how at least two contemporary institutions, beliefs, practices, or modes of thought and experience may be understood against their historical background.