Unit 1


Welcome to our course. 

medieval Faust image
Faust conjuring Mephistopheles from
the 1616 text of Marlowe's Doctor Faustus.



Unit 1 Assignments
Introduction and
Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus


I. Read the Syllabus. Take the Syllabus Quiz.

II. Complete Reading 1, Reading 2 and Reading 3.

III. Discussion Board posting 1

IV. Read Marlowe's Doctor Faustus 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. Due date: Midnight, day 2 of term.



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


To the left you will find links for our first reading and writing assignments: Reading 1, Reading 2 and Reading 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. Be sure to make reference to the texts to support your opinions. 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?

Due Date: Midnight, Day 3 of term

When you have completed the first Discussion, click here to continue this unit.