INAF-100 SFS Proseminar
Fall for 2017-2018
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Every first year student in the SFS will take a proseminar during the fall semester. Proseminars are small interdisciplinary courses, limited to 15 students in each topic and are taught by some of Georgetown’s finest professors. The goals of the proseminars are:

• To develop critical approaches to the study of global issues
• To gain the academic reading and writing skills necessary for success in SFS
• To promote intensive interaction and camaraderie among students and professors
• To explore new ideas

Course descriptions for these courses are available at: http://www3.georgetown.edu/sfs/bsfs/new_student_registration/proseminars.html


Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

Course syllabi
The following syllabi may help you learn more about this course (login required):
Fall '17: Langenbacher, E (file download)
Additional syllabi may be available in prior academic years.

Sections:

INAF-100-70 ProSeminar: The Country & the City
Fall for 2017-2018
Faculty:
The Country and the City

Is it true that modernity denotes the extinction of the rural? Does
the rural necessarily imply traditional ways of life in idyllic
landscapes? This course raises these two interrelated questions in
order to challenge much received wisdom in the social sciences as well
in popular culture that equates the “modern” with the city and the
“traditional” with the countryside.

Reading classic and contemporary works in political science, history,
anthropology, sociology, and economics, we shall explore the myriad
meanings of modernity in rural contexts, whether contemporary or
historical, Western or non-Western. Along the way, we shall
strive towards a more sophisticated understanding of the how rural
peoples, crops, and landscapes have shaped – and continue to shape –
modern societies and imaginations.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
INAF-100-71 ProSeminar: The French Revolution
Fall for 2017-2018
Faculty:

Every first year student in the SFS will take a proseminar during the fall semester. Proseminars are small interdisciplinary courses, limited to 15 students in each topic and are taught by some of Georgetown’s finest professors. The goals of the proseminars are:
· To develop critical approaches to the study of global issues
· To gain the academic reading and writing skills necessary for success in SFS
· To promote intensive interaction and camaraderie among students and professors
· To explore new ideas

In this section of the Proseminar, we will examine one of the most important episodes in world history, the French Revolution. The Revolution is often credited with overturning the system of feudalism and idea of the divine right of kings, and is seen by many as the birthplace of such modern phenomena as nationalism, the nation state, democracy, and human rights.

For all its successes, however, there was also a darker side to the Revolution: it unleashed political and social violence, culminating in the infamous Terror when thousands of Frenchmen and women, including the king and queen, were executed.

The Revolution also sparked a massive European war that would eventually last over two decades and see France, at the height of its power, occupying much of the continent. Eventually, the French were defeated by a coalition of other powers, great and small, but not before revolutionary armies had spread the ideals and the institutions of the Revolution far and wide, with profound consequences for the future.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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