The Purposes of College Education, HUMS 115 (Fall 2020)
Session 1 Lecture:
HUMS 115 College is a crucial institution in which our society works through its expectations for young people. This course will explore some of the purposes that have been ascribed to college, including development of personal character, participation in a community, conversation with others on intellectual matters, and preparation for citizenship. We will also touch on other purposes, including career preparation and pursuit of knowledge for its own sake. Readings from Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Bhagavad-Gita, Virginia Woolf, Martin Luther King, Max Weber, and others.
Immigration regulations require all first-year international students to take at least one course that is largely in-person. As you know, most courses at Yale this year will be offered primarily online. There are a number of in-person courses that you can choose to fulfill this requirement of the US immigration authorities, and this is one of them. For the in-person lectures in this course, preference will be given to international students.