Course Catalog - 2020-2021



Long Title: SOCRATES
Department: Modrn & Classicl Lit & Culture
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Course Type: Lecture
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Credit Hours: 3
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Undergraduate Professional
Visiting Undergraduate
Description: The course will seek to understand the life and thought of Socrates, arguably the most influential philosopher in history. Readings will focus on Plato’s Socratic dialogues, among the world’s masterpieces of prose literature, and Aristophanes’ Clouds, in which the “sophist” Socrates is mercilessly mocked for his outlandish uselessness. We will read Plato's Apology of Socrates at both the beginning and the end of the course, considering the reasons that Socrates was tried, convicted, and executed by his fellow citizens, and what was the nature of his defense. Mutually exclusive with FWIS 149. Students cannot receive credit for both FWIS 149 and CLAS 303. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for CLAS 303 if student has credit for FWIS 149.