HUMA 401 (01) - Introduction to the Humanities

Intro to Humanities: Evil

Durham   Liberal Arts :: Humanities
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2020 - Full Term (01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   68  
CRN: 54447
Introduction to the interdisciplinary study of the humanities. Taking as its entry point a significant work, the course is organized by topics related to that work, selected and arranged to invoke lively intellectual debate among faculty and students alike. Group lectures by the four core humanities faculty members. The instructors teaching the course will provide material for smaller weekly discussion sections led by each of those faculty members. Requirements include lively discussions, papers, and examinations. Not repeatable.
Equivalent(s): HUMA 401W
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Attributes: Humanities(Disc)
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/21/2020 5/4/2020 TR 3:40pm - 5:00pm NESM 125
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What is evil? Is there such a thing? If so, is it a force, an entity, an illness, an absence of good? Is it necessary? Does it have a function? Is it merely a matter of perception? Should we use the term “evil” at all, and if so, what it the effect of calling something “evil’? Are there certain things that are so bad they deserve this special term?  In this course we will read some of the primary Western portrayals and explanations of evil from various time periods and sources including the Bible and Shakespeare's Macbeth, as well as modern theories and texts. Using insights from philosophy, anthropology, psychology, religion, literature and theater, we will consider manifestations of “evil” in violence, suffering, scapegoating and apathy; in characters such as Satan and witches; and in historical circumstances such as Nazi Germany.