The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

BLS 366: Life, Death, & Meaning

Life, Death, & Meaning

What is the meaning of life? Is my life meaningful or meaningless? Should I fear death? Is immortality really worth seeking? Do humans have an obligation to perpetuate their species? This course examines these classic questions of existential philosophy through the broader view of the humanities. Students in this course will read how philosophers have tried to answer these questions and will touch on how plays, poems, films, art and literature have addressed them, in order to grasp the broad impact these questions have upon the human experience.

The central objective of this course is to facilitate students self-reflection on their own lives. In the process students should gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of what constitutes a meaningful life and death. Students will also become familiar with various cultural, artistic, literary, and philosophical expressions of a meaningful life.

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Fall 2015 Class Dates
Full Semester (POT 1)
• 17 Aug: Session Begins
• 21 Aug: Add/Drop Ends
• 09 Oct: W Deadline !!!
• 30 Nov: Session Ends
• 09 Dec: Exams End
BLS Session 1 (POT A)
• 17 Aug: Session Begins
• 19 Aug: Add/Drop Ends
• 09 Sep: W Deadline !!!
• 02 Oct: Session Ends
BLS Session 2 (POT B)
• 06 Oct: Session Begins
• 08 Oct: Add/Drop Ends
• 02 Nov: W Deadline !!!
• 30 Nov: Session Ends
• 09 Dec: Exams End

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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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