Human Rights
General Catalog Course Title:
Historical Studies
Terms Offered:
Fall 2013
Fall 2012
Fall 2011
Spring 2011
Fall 2010
Spring 2010
Course Thread: 
Human Rights
Laqueur, Thomas

Each upper-division course in this series deals primarily with the human events, institutions and activities of the past. Historical Studies are particularly important because, to paraphrase the philosopher George Santayana, those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. The study of history provides us with perspective on the human condition and with an appreciation of the origins and evolution of the numerous cultures and social orders that have populated the earth. Whether students study history to understand how our world evolved from the past or to focus on the distinctions between the present and previous eras, they will come away with a richer understanding of and appreciation for human experience.

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