Fall 2021 - HUM 360 D100

Special Topics: Great Themes in the Humanistic Tradition (4)

Class Number: 4464

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    HCC 2540, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



An interdisciplinary study of a selected theme that has made a lasting contribution to the humanistic tradition in more than one field of endeavour(e.g. philosophy, politics, literature,economics, religion). This course may be repeated once for credit. Students who have credit for a course with this content under another Humanities course may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


This course will examine the intellectual roots of fascism by grounding it in conservative responses to the French Revolution and the European Enlightenment. It will focus, in particular, on three influential figures of the far-right in Germany: writer Ernst Jünger, political and legal theorist Carl Schmitt and philosopher, Martin Heidegger. The course will also pose the question of what comprises a properly “anti-fascist” philosophy by looking at the work of Theodor W. Adorno.


  • Essay 1 (10 pages) 20%
  • Essay 2 (12 pages) 25%
  • Participation 15%
  • Portfolio 40%



Jünger, Storm of Steel 978-1696237727

Schmitt, The Concept of the Political 978-0226738925

Wolin (ed.) The Heidegger Controversy XISBN: 9780262731010328

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