Info Session

A Zoom info session for Gov3686 will be held May 20, 12 p.m. EST. Please email Uriel Abulof at ua42@cornell.edu to request the link and password.

Resgister now for online Summer Session courses

  • Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Cornell University Summer Session will be held entirely online.
  • All regular Summer Session online courses will proceed as scheduled. More will be added to the roster throughout the spring.
  • On-campus courses through August 16 are cancelled. We are working to convert a number of these on-campus courses into online offerings. Please check the online course roster frequently for updates.

Course description

This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

"What's true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well. It helps men to rise above themselves," wrote Albert Camus in The Plague. Now is our time to realize our humanity: find out what sets us apart, and brings us together, as humans, and live up to it.
This course is an existential odyssey into the human condition and politics. Are we truly different from animals and machines? What does it mean to "be yourself?" What's the difference between freedom and liberty? Should we pursue happiness? Why do we yield to fear and anxiety? Is the search for meaning meaningless? Do we live in a post-truth era? What are the roles of morality in our society and politics? Why is God dead, but religion alive? Can we defeat alienation? Is love all we need? How much can, and should, we hope for? In this course, utilizing edX HOPE (Human Odyssey to Political Existentialism; see https://tinyurl.com/hope44), we will address these questions, and then some more. We shall examine a dozen themes, entwining each with critical reflections, both personal and political, amidst the current crisis: Human/nature, identity & authenticity, freedom, reflection, happiness, death & dread, meaning, morality, truth & trust, God & religion, alienation & love, and finally-hope.

Classes

No upcoming classes were found.

Previously offered classes

Summer 2020: Online course

Section ID:GOVT 3686 003-LEC
Number:1800
Class dates:June 1-19, 2020
Due date:Friday June 19, 11:59 PM (see Final exams)
Time / room:
Mode of instruction:Online learning
Credit:3
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Abulof, U. (ua42)
Max. enroll:25
Documents:GOVT 3686 003-LEC syllabus (PDF)
  This is an online course. Please review the online course FAQs.
To enroll:Enrollment for this class is closed.

The GOVT 3686 002-LEC section of this course has been canceled.