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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Spring 2015 Class Dates
Winter Session (POT W)
• 15 Dec: Session Begins
• 16 Dec: Add/Drop Ends
• 05 Jan: W Deadline !!!
• 20 Jan: Session Ends
Full Semester (POT 1)
• 12 Jan: Session Begins
• 16 Jan: Add/Drop Ends
• 06 Mar: W Deadline !!!
• 28 Apr: Session Ends
• 06 May: Exams End
BLS Session 1 (POT A)
• 12 Jan: Session Begins
• 16 Jan: Add/Drop Ends
• 04 Feb: W Deadline !!!
• 27 Feb: Session Ends
BLS Session 2 (POT B)
• 02 Mar: Session Begins
• 04 Mar: Add/Drop Ends
• 02 Apr: W Deadline !!!
• 27 Apr: Session Ends
• 06 May: Exams End

Congratulations to our December 2014 Graduates!
• Celina Amerson
• Cecilia Barber
• Shannon Beams-Zundel
• Alexander Best
• Deborah Burris
• Susan Carpenter
• Julia Carter
• Patricia Cheek
• Adam Cummings
• Laura Gora
• Brandon Hendrix
• Peter Hess
• Dana Howald
• Melanie Joy
• Chasidy Kearns
• Christine Keat
• David Keen
Nargiza Kiger
• Rachel Lewis
• Stephanie Mitcham
• Kimberly Morrow
• Anna Moyer
• Benjamin Robinson
• Ginger Schepis
• Kristen Scramlin
• Jenna Sorgen
• Apryl Syriac
• Joshua Tench
• Sharese Turnage
• Lula Wallace
• Sara Washam
• Erin Wheatley

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