English 2000 Citizens in Time

Course Overview

























Achilles' Shield celebrates the extraordinary vigor of life on this earth. It is also Homer's hopeful vision of a world moving toward peace as its citizens work in concert with nature and each other. Thus Achilles' Shield is a fitting icon for a course that asks, "What does it mean to be a human being living in society?"

Character is destiny.








Achilles' Shield











Humans’ Purpose

  1. Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics
    Book 1: nature and purpose of humans
    Book 2: achieving eudaimonia through living virtuously
  2. Pericles’ “Funeral Oration”
  3. “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty
  4. “Ithaca” by Cavafy
  5. “My Wood” by E. M. Forster
  6. “Man” by George Herbert
  7. “Ode to Man” from Antigone
  8. “What a Piece of Work is a Man” from Hamlet
  9. Psalm 8


Ideal Order

  • Achilles' Shield
  • "I Have a Dream"




Solution through Violence

  • Medea
  • Antigone
  • Movies: Antwone Fisher, Chicago, Crash, Gone Baby Gone, Hurt Locker, Rendition, Shawshank Redemption, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Time to Kill




Solution through Persuasion

  1. “Crito” by Plato
  2. Lysistrata by Aristophanes
  3. “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift
  4. “Declaration of Independence” by Thomas Jefferson
  5. "Left Handers" by Roger Guffy
  6. "The Vertical Negro Plan" by Harry Golden
  7. “Civil Disobedience” by Thoreau
  8. “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  9. “Address to the Prisoners of Cook County Jail” by Clarence Darrow
  10. “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr.



Synthesis of Course Main Ideas





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Phoenix & Hunter












Lysistrata Oath



Created by Dorothy McCaughey   01/15/2011

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