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Fall 2015 Courses 

Classes are available both online and on-campus

Students may register for classes up until September 14

Political Economy I: Free-Markets & Marxism (first half of the semester)
What is the relationship between freedom, economics and morality? Meet the pivotal economists from 1776 though the mid-1800s to learn how their perceptions of human nature drove their agendas. Encounter micro and macroeconomics in their historical context, and explore how these concepts reshaped the world.

Monday and Thursday
mornings 8:30 - 11:30 am

Sources:
- Adam Smith
- Frederick Bastiat
- Karl Marx
- John Stewart Mill
- and others

Political Economy II: Austrian, Keynesian & Variations (second half of the semester)
How did the battle over modern economics reshape the 20th and 21st Centuries? Compare the theories of the Keynesian, Austrian, and Chicago schools of thought while exploring monetary and fiscal policy, banking, unemployment, inflation, trade cycles and more.

Monday and Thursday
mornings 8:30 - 11:30 am

Sources:
- Mises
- Keynes
- Rotherbard
- Marcuse
- and others

Comparative World Religions
American leaders increasingly find themselves working with peers from every continent. This course provides deeper insight into the worldviews of these societies by comparing familiar Judeo-Christian perspectives with the values and histories of the major religions of the world.

Friday mornings 9am - 12pm

Sources:
- Bhagavad-Gita
- The Way of Lao Tsu
- The Quran
- Analects of Confucius
- Early Buddhist Discourses
- and others

The Family in Policy, Science & Literature
Can the traditional family be saved? Examine the historical roots, current research, and moral and biological basis for traditional human family life. Gain insights into how these most vital relationships are illustrated in great literature. Through these lenses we'll examine the changing norms, political trends and policies that impact the family as we consider implications for the future, and potential strategies.

Wednesday evenings 5-8pm.

Sources:
- Jane Eyre
- King Lear
- Anna Karenina
- Fractured Generations
- Why Fathers Count
- The American Way
-
and others

Scientific Thought, Methods and Analysis
How did science arise during the 20th century to become the dominant language of influence? Why does it so often prevail in mankind's most critical decisions? Special attention is also placed on helping students discern legitimate scientific practice from counterfeits and manipulation, focusing on differences between valid and invalid methods of scientific inquiry as well as proper and improper statistical analysis and interpretation.

Tuesday
mornings 10:00am - 1:00 pm

Sources:
- Aristotle
- Francis Bacon
- René Descartes
- Alfred North Whitehead
- Karl Popper
- Damned Lies and Statistics
- and others

World History I: Birth of Civilization to the Fall of Greece (first half of the semester)
Witness the birth of Western Civilization and the seeds of its legacy of liberty -- the rise of ancient Greece, the development of the City State, the defeat the of the Persian Empire, the Peloponnesian War, the rise of Phillip of Macedon, and the dissolution of the Empire after the death of Alexander. Contemporaries in Asia and other continents are also covered.


Monday and Wednesday afternoons 1
:00 - 4:00 pm

Sources:
- Herodotus
- Plutarch
- Thucydides

- History of the Ancient World
-
and others

World History II: Ancient Rome to the Renaissance (second half of the semester)
Our historical tour of liberty continues as it matured in the Roman republic, but soon eroded during the transformation into the Roman Empire. Explore the reasons for Rome's fall and the unsung heroes of the Middle Ages who paved the way for the Renaissance. Contemporaries in Asia and other continents are also covered.


Monday and Wednesday afternoons 1
:00 - 4:00 pm

Sources:
- Tacitus
- Plutarch
- Edward Gibbon

- History of the Ancient and Medieval World
- and others

Ancient Greek Literature (first half of the semester)
What made Greece's Golden Age, golden? Delve into the original classical literature of the ages, beginning with Homer, Plato, and the greatest tragedies and comedies that shaped and reflected the thinking of ancient Greeks in their daily and political lives, plus all the societies that followed them to the present day.


Fridays 1
1:00am - 4:00 pm (with 1 hour break)

Sources:
- The Iliad
- The Odyssey
- Dialogues of Plato
- Oedipus Trilogy
- Oresteia Trilogy
- "The Clouds" & "The Frogs"

Roman and Medieval Literature (second half of the semester)
Western Civilization's shift from Pagan culture to Christianity is chronicled in its most important literature spanning Ancient Rome through the Middle Ages. Explore this transition through Virgil, Marcus Aurelius, Augustine, Dante and others who paved the way for the societal revolutions that followed.


Fridays 1
1:00am - 4:00 pm (with 1 hour break)

Sources:
- Virgil
- Marcus Aurelius
- Augustine
- D
ante
-
Shakespeare
- Sir Thomas More

If you would like to sit in on a class, please contact registrar@gw.edu

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