LIBS 101, 102, 201, and 202

Approval Status


Date Reviewed

July 2014
LIBS 101: The Human Enigma (12 units in Fall Semester) Drawing on material about small-scale societies, ancient Greek culture, and contemporary civilizations, this course concentrates—within a comparative framework—on the development of cultural values, the concept of human nature, the growth of self-awareness, and the emergence of scientific and abstract thought. LIBS 102: In Search of Self (12 units in the Spring Semester) This course focuses on the individual, exploring how personal history, unconscious processes, and political and historical environments shape the concept of self. This course develops a fuller understanding of these influences through scientific investigation, historical exploration and creative expression, employing materials drawn from biology, psychology, sociology, literature, history, politics and art. LIBS 201: Exploring the Unknown (12 units in the Fall Semester) Exploring the Unknown is an investigation of the meaning and limits of knowledge with respect to the nature of the mind and physical reality. These issues are pursued through several different but interrelated fields of study, including literature, art, philosophy, comparative religions and science. The course considers Newtonian and quantum mechanical theories of physical reality, the religions of various cultures, and the functions of myth and religious language. The term includes a section focusing on the nature of human creativity. LIBS 202: Challenge of Response in the Modern World (12 units in the Spring Semester) This course is an examination of modern accomplishments and problems that have derived from several sources: the 18th century mechanical models, the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions, and rise of modern economic theories. Asking how it is possible in the 21st century to live a moral life, the course examines the rise of individualism, the tension between personal and social values, the problems of poverty and the distribution of wealth, and the multiple consequences of modern technology. GE Laboratory Requirement fulfilled by completion of four semesters in the lower-division program.

Course Type

Upper Division