Course Calendar

Course Calendar

Date

Focus

Reading

Writing

Mon 9/5

Our Current Predicament

Hopkins, Intro. & Chap. 1

 

Wed 9/7

Life beyond peak oil

Hopkins, Chap. 2

Normative argument on climate change (See Assignment A)

Mon 9/12

What is justice?

Plato, 39-78

 

Wed 9/14

The Good State

Plato, 78-106

Post on Plato Forum

Mon 9/19

Resilience

Hopkins, Chap. 3

 

Wed 9/21

Creating a healthy polis

Aristotle

Post on Aristotle Forum

Mon 9/26

Local Control

Hopkins, Chap. 4

 

Wed 9/28

Republican ways

Machiavelli

Post on Machiavelli Forum

Mon 10/3

Fear & Change

Hopkins, Ch. 5 & Hobbes 205-222

 

Wed 10/5

Debate: This House Believes that the Transition Movement is not violent enough to survive.

Hobbes, 222-242

Post on Hobbes Forum

Mon 10/10

Civil Society

Hopkins, Ch. 7 & Locke, 243-258

 

Wed 10/12

Property

Locke, 258-279

Post on Locke Forum

Mon 10/17

Walter Hendricks

NO CLASS

 

Wed 10/19

General Discussion: What have we learned so far?

 

First draft for optional argumentative essay due

Mon 10/24

Community Governance

Hopkins, Ch. 10

 

Wed 10/26

General Will

Rousseau, 293-313

Post on Rousseau Forum

Mon 10/31

Initiating the Transition

Hopkins, Ch. 11

Rousseau 280-292)

Final draft for optional CWP essay

Wed 11/2

Voluntary Associations

Tocqueville

Post on Tocqueville Forum

Mon 11/7

Debate:
This House Believes that the Transition Movement subverts liberal principles.

Hopkins, Ch. 12

 

Wed 11/9

Whose labor?

Marx

Post on Marx Forum

Mon 11/14

Slave morality

Nietzsche

 

Wed 11/16

Discovering common ground and contentions.

Hopkins on Occupy London Stock Exchange:
http://transitionculture.org/2011/11/10/some-reflections-on-a-day-at-occupy-lsx-at-st-pauls-cathedral/

Post on Nietzsche Forum

Mon 11/21

Debate: This House Believes that the Transition Movement undermines capitalist ideology.

 

Draft of final normative argument

Wed 11/23

Thanksgiving Vacation

 

 

Mon 11/28

Violence & Change

Sharp, Chaps. 1 - 4

 

Wed 11/30

Non-violent methods

Sharp, Chaps. 5-7

 

Mon 12/5

Creating a new world

 

Finish Sharp

 

Wed 12/7

Final debate

 

 

Fri 12/9

 

 

Final Normative Argument Due (noon at my office)

 

 

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