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Back to School, part 1 - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
October 20th, 2003
05:57 pm


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Back to School, part 1
The Humanities faculty at TAU requires undergraduate students to take two "panoramic" courses, i.e. two two-hour courses in the faculty but outside their departments. Each department offers a course or two as "panoramic" each year, for other students to take. The selection is reasonable, but of course, you have to fit the course in your time-table. Last year, I couldn't work any of the interesting courses into my moose, so I took no panoramic courses. This year, I'm taking Dr. David Katz's "Introduction to the History of Christianity, 1350-2004" as one course. I can't fit any other interesting course to this year's moose, so I'll either postpone the second pan. course to my senior year, or play a Fiendish Trick:

I'm dying to take a Tutorial in Medieval Society and Culture course, a standard requirement in TAU's superb General History Dept., with either Prof. Gadi Elgazi or Dr. Aviad Kleinberg. The course is four hours, not two, and is not offered as a panoramic course. The Fiendish Trick is to try to get the Powers That Elk to let me take this course instead of two hours of another panoramic course. I made some calls today; further follow-up tomorrow.

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Date:October 20th, 2003 10:02 am (UTC)

Elking with powers

If your grades are high, the powers that elk tend to allow outragous things.
One of my fellow students was allowed to take "Introduction to Budahism" instead of "Introduction to Numeric Analysis", a required course in the statistics dept.
Another friend took "Biochemistry" as a panoramic course. This wasn't offered as one either by the Biology department, nor by the Exact Science department.

Myself, I'm opting for a ridicules amount of overlap between courses. I hope they'll approve. I'm almost certain they will.
I'm still not sure it was a good idea though.
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Date:October 20th, 2003 01:27 pm (UTC)
Sounds great!
And I predict they'll even let you do that. :)
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Date:October 20th, 2003 05:30 pm (UTC)
I took a course with Algazi, and he is absolutely superb. Some people don't like his style of teaching, however: First, he tends to focus more on interpretation than the facts themselves. And second, his interpretation is largely social, and tends to draw a lot on Marxist thinkers. His course was an eye opener, but I was amazed at how much some students disliked his classes. Anyway, I hear Kleinberg has a much more orthodox approach, though I'll only know for certain once I take his course, on the second semester.
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Date:October 20th, 2003 10:18 pm (UTC)
I must learn modern Greek, only if to understand their heart-tearing ballads... ;-)
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Date:October 21st, 2003 06:46 pm (UTC)
Oooh, sounds like a fun course...though naturally I would find BEFORE 1350 much preferable...
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Date:October 22nd, 2003 03:04 am (UTC)
Oh, see, there are four required tutorials for General History majors: Greece, Rome, Middle Ages, and New Era (Renaissance/Enlightenment, not 20th c.)

Now, I've already taken the Rome tutorial (though not required of me, since I'm in the Greek program), with the illustrious Prof. Rubin, and am taking the Greece tutorial with same illustrious Prof. this year! So I'm covered. :)
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