Introduction to Western Civilization (IWC101)
Some people believe that history is dull, but that is probably because their experience of studying history has been based on memorizing names, dates, and battles.
This course will look at the stories of how people, institutions, and cultures responded to the challenges of their own eras and then make connections with the way the western world thinks and responds to issues in the present time. This course will cover the important contributions to science, philosophy, literature, religion, and politics of Egyptian culture, classical Greece, Rome, and early Judaism and Christianity.
Participants who complete this course will better understand the modern Western viewpoint and will certainly enjoy interesting discussions based on readings and lectures provided by the instructor.
Professor Rosenkjar is an expert in various aspects of linguistics, language teaching methods, and literature. He has a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in German language studies; a master's degree from San Francisco State University in English, with a concentration in language teaching and in American and British literature; and a doctorate from Temple University in second language education. He has published in the areas of content-based English teaching, designing English reading courses for Japanese students, research and theory of curriculum and course design, and understanding poetry. His interests include culture studies, history, linguistic theory, and literary texts; and he reads extensively for pleasure and professional enrichment in these areas. He has been a full-time faculty member of Temple University Japan Campus since 1988.
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