This course invites you to probe the diverse definitions of one of the most central terms of human existence: “life.” In order to understand and critically examine what constituted life in diverse contexts and times, and how these definitions have been shaping the way life is treated, we will engage with different schools of thought and a variety of materials and media that help us determine the ethical, (bio)political, and aesthetic consequences of defining life and its limits. Taught in English.
Regular grades are awarded for this course: A, B, C, D, E. Available to qualified students for pass/fail option.
Course may be taken by special exam for credit (not for grade).
General Education Tier One - Humanities
General Education Gender, Race, Class, Ethnicity, or Non-Western Area Studies