A study of values, pursued through examination of classic works of the Postmodern Age. The course draws extensively on knowledge of the aesthetic, ethical, and intellectual values of Western Civilization, gained in Honors 150 through 214. The course aims to deepen students' understanding of the self and the other in Western Civilization's postmodern turn by using a variety of theoretical approaches to questions of the meaning of self, society, and other. Theoretical constructs in this class highlight the connections between and among disciplines (for example, religion, philosophy, sociology, critical theory, feminist theory, literature, political economy) as we explore what are the ethical tensions between the modernist construction of the individual and the postmodern demands of finding one's responsibility to the common good.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors Program, and HON 101, 150, 206, 211, 213, and 214.