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LS C120T / German C25

Ideas of Education: From Goethe to Dear White People

Arts and Literature

2024 Spring | TU, TH 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm | Class # 31070 and 31076

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.

Terms Offered

  • Spring 2024
  • Spring 2021
Lilla Balint faculty profile
Lilla Balint (German)