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    Otterbein University
  Nov 18, 2017
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

FYS 1041 - Transitions through International Comparisons

Hours: 4
The purpose of this course is to read literary, philosophical, and religious texts that introduce and illustrate important traditions in the Western world and in other parts of the world—with an emphasis on China. The three different traditions we will consider are Confucianism, Christianity, and Existentialism. The texts include sayings, parables, stories, speeches, and an autobiographical philosophical essay. We will discuss the key ideas in those texts in order to better understand those traditions. We will also think about possible similarities and differences among those traditions. The key concepts we will discuss include the Confucian idea of 仁 (rén–including the question of how to translate this into English), the Christian idea of love (agape), and the existentialist idea of freedom. The figures we will study are Confucius, Mencius, Martin Luther King, and Victor Frankl. This course is specifically geared towards incoming international students to Otterbein. However, American students who have an interest in global issues and working with a cohort of international students are welcomed into this course.