What does it mean to be a global citizen? Are we? What are human rights? Are they universal? This honors discovery course will explore with the men and women who traveled and thought beyond the borders of their locality and their moment of time and who imagined themselves citizens of the world. We will start with early revolutions that traversed oceans and national borders. We'll read utopias that saw their world differently. In the end, we will investigate major global challenges of our own world. We will move backwards, but also forwards in history. We will read novels, and perform plays. We will listen to Beethoven and Berlioz, in class and discuss larger questions of our international community, from sustainability to diversity, as they echo through different disciplines. Course meets History major requirement for Group I or II.
Only the following students: Honors Program
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course, Inquiry (Discovery), Historical Perspectives(Disc), Honors course
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This Hamel Seminar will explore the interrelationship of human rights, nationalism, and cosmopolitanism. Philosophers in the eighteenth century aspired to be at home everywhere and strangers nowhere. National borders in our own time not only limit our travel, but impede immigration. What are our obligations to others around the world?
What global challenges defy national and local solutions? We will begin to imagine solutions, or at least new ways to think about them. Is democracy inherently a national system of government? Could there be a global system of governance? What might it look like? We will investigate these questions by following our interests in topics such as climate change, pandemics, wealth inequality, and migration.