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ACE 015 is a study of the history of ideas in Western civilization from classical antiquity through the Renaissance, from the perspectives of the disciplines of history, philosophy, and related social sciences. Through an analysis of sources, both original and secondary, emphasis will be placed on political developments, philosophical trends, religious movements, and social institutions. The course aims to promote an accurate understanding of these matters, reflection on issues relating to them, and good written articulation of both. There will be assignments to a history of Western civilization and assignments to original sources from the periods covered by the course. ACE 015 fulfills Queens College’s general education requirement under the Analyzing Social Structures heading of Perspectives on the Liberal Arts and Sciences, for it examines in historical perspective contrasting ideas of value and contrasting views as to the attainability of knowledge in ethics, political theory, and religion. Representing as it does key liberal arts, especially history and philosophy, ACE 015 further aims to develop general intellectual capacities such as reason and judgment, as having value on their own account and for society at large.
Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Culture and Values (CV) Context of Experience: European Traditions (ET) Extended Requirement: Pre-Industrial Society (PI)
Credits: 6 Prerequisites: Existing Course: Existing Existing Course Number: ACE 015 Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester Other (if specified): Number of Sections: 2 Number of Seats: 35
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