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L&S Discovery Courses

LS C120T / German C25

Ideas of Education: From Goethe to Dear White People

Arts and Literature

What is the purpose of education? Should the university prepare students for different careers, or emphasize the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake? Is knowledge a value in itself? This course explores these questions, among others, while concentrating on the German idea of Bildung. It introduces students to the classic idea of education and self-formation by reading a wide range of texts from philosophy, intellectual history, and literature. The course also traces how the idea of self-formation informs contemporary literary works and film. Emphasis will be on issues of class, race, and gender.

Lilla Balint faculty profile
Lilla Balint (German)

Terms Offered

  • Spring 2024
  • Spring 2021