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Farmington Public Schools
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Farmington, CT 06032
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Level 2                                              1 Credit
       This course focuses on two dilemmas:  sources of tension between the self and society; and conflicting human impulses toward both cooperation and competition.  We study these dilemmas through the work of both artists (painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, poets, and novelists) and of scientists and social scientists (biologists, sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, philosophers and historians).  Units of study include “comparing human and animal selves and social pressures,”  “the role of self in early so-ciety,” “gender and self,” “ethics in the competitive world of Homer [the Greek, not the Simpson],” “baseball,” “crime and punishment,” and “poverty in an affluent society.”  This is an honors-level elective and students are expected to read and synthesize a wide range of sources from Aristophanes to Zola.
No prerequisite.                                Grade 12

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