The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

BLS 300: Self, Society, and Salvation

Self, Society, and Salvation

This course serves as an introduction to an enormous variety of ideas regarding the self, society, the state, and the Sacred. In simple terms, it is a survey of some important questions and answers. It is based on the premise that the history of ideas is largely the history of prescriptions for "salvation," that is, to use the Webster's definition, "preservation from destruction, disintegrating failure or other evil" or "final deliverance from dangers, difficulties, deficiencies or the like."

To put it another way: many important ideas originated as proposed solutions to perceived problems. These "problems" are the basic human concerns, shared by people everywhere, and may be grouped under four headings:

  • How to achieve individual well-being
  • How to organize a society
  • How to exercise authority
  • How to find and connect with transcendent reality

If these are different kinds of problems, then we may think of proposed solutions as different kinds of "salvation" — individual, social, political, and religious. The course is consequently divided into these four topic areas, each representing what might be called a different form of "salvation" or "fix":

  • Fixing the Self
  • Fixing Society
  • Fixing the State
  • Fixing the Cosmos.

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Summer 2015 Class Dates
Summer 10-Week (POT 1)
• 14 May: Session Begins
• 20 May: Add/Drop Ends
• 17 Jun: W Deadline !!!
• 24 Jul: Session Ends
BLS Session 1 (POT 7)
• 11 May: Session Begins
• 12 May: Add/Drop Ends
• 29 May: W Deadline !!!
• 19 Jun: Session Ends
5-Week Session 1 (POT 2)
• 14 May: Session Begins
• 15 May: Add/Drop Ends
• 01 Jun: W Deadline !!!
• 17 Jun: Session Ends
5-Week Session 2 (POT 3)
• 18 Jun: Session Begins
• 19 Jun: Add/Drop Ends
• 09 Jul: W Deadline !!!
• 24 Jul: Session Ends
BLS Session 2 (POT 8)
• 22 Jun: Session Begins
• 23 Jun: Add/Drop Ends
• 14 Jul: W Deadline !!!
• 03 Aug: Session Ends

BLS Student Portfolio
Keep copies of your major BLS assignments. You can keep them in your iSpartan drive as long as you are active at UNCG, but also keep them in at least one more location (e.g., your own Google drive, your own computer, or on a thumb drive). You will use them when you compile your Senior Portfolio for the BLS Program.

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