Unit 1

Welcome to our course. 

Dali-FaustReading Dali-LeVieuxFaust Dali-Marguerite
Salvador Dalí: Faust Reading The Old Faust Marguerite



Assignments for Part 1 of 7.


I. Syllabus Quiz

II. Reading and Writing Assignments (R&W 1, R&W 2, R&W 3)

III. Discussion Board posting 1

IV. Read Marlowe and Wikis

V. Discussion Board posting 2

VI. Responses to Discussion Boards, Article Summaries and Wikis





I. Syllabus Quiz.

In the Blackboard menu under "Course Information" you will find the course Syllabus. Please read and review the Syllabus thoroughly.  To assure that you understand the course parameters, check yourself by taking the Syllabus Quiz. Then go on to the following assignment.



II. Introduce yourself to the central concerns of this course and to your fellow students



At the top of this page you will find links for our first reading and writing assignment: R&W 1, R&W 2, R&W 3. Selections from the Tao Te Ching date from around the fifth century B.C.E. and are attributed to the sage (possibly legendary) Lao Tzo. The myth of Prometheus appears in a play by Hesiod from the eighth century B.C.E. The oldest reading of the three, Genesis, was written around 950  B.C.E.  All address issues of the origin of humankind and address the question of evil and the quest for knowledge.


This assignment introduces you not only to the core questions of the course, but also to the methodology we will employ to approach them. After each selection, enter your notes while the reading is fresh in your mind, including any questions that you have.  Jot down what you think and move on to the next reading.   This assignment employs writing used for analysis. In Blackboard's vocabulary, these response areas are labeled tests, but in reality they are not tests but rather tools for processing the reading and developing your ideas. To manage this tool best in Blackboard, click "save" rather than "submit" when you finish a response, so that you will be able to return to it later to read it or add to it.


After some selections there are questions. Jot down your answers to these questions and then go on to the next reading.


When completed, review what you have written. Then compose and submit your response to the following question. Post it to the Discussion Board in Blackboard to introduce yourself to your Discussion Group.


Discussion 1: What issues do these readings raise concerning the relationship between good and evil, the nature of humanity and the quest for knowledge?

Return to the top of the page for links to continue this unit.