Contemporary Civilization

Chair for Contemporary Civilization
Prof. Emmanuelle M Saada
516 Philosophy 
212-854-3691
es2593@columbia.edu

Contemporary Civilization Website

The central purpose of COCI CC1101-COCI CC1102 CONTEMP WESTRN CIVILIZATION II , also known as “Contemporary Civilization” or “CC”, is to introduce students to a range of issues concerning the kinds of communities—political, social, moral, and religious—that human beings construct for themselves and the values that inform and define such communities, in order to prepare students to become active and informed citizens. Founded in 1919 as a course on war and peace issues, Contemporary Civilization has evolved continuously while remaining a constant and essential element of the Columbia College curriculum. The course asks students to read closely texts in various traditions of argument and to construct arguments of their own, both in speech and in writing, about some of the explicit and implicit issues that these texts raise.

Both the form and the content of the course contribute to the achievement of its aims. The discussion format is intended to respond in a palpable way to the existence, in these traditions, of different and often conflicting points of view; to embody the possibility of reasoned discourse among people who hold disparate convictions; and to help students sharpen their own skills of thought and argument about matters of current personal and civic concern through participating in and extending the debates of the past. The Contemporary Civilization syllabus introduces students to a set of ideas and arguments that has played a formative role in the political and cultural history of our time, alerts them to ideas that have not held an influential role in that history, and acquaints them with some exemplars of critical thinking about alternative cultures, institutions, and practices.

Because Contemporary Civilization is a year-long course, readings are necessarily selective. While these readings change from time to time, the factors that lead to adoption of a text always include historical influence, the presentation of ideas of enduring importance, and the demonstrated ability of a text to provoke productive discussion. Among the readings currently required in the course are the Bible, The Qur’an, and works by Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Machiavelli, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Smith, Kant, Burke, Wollstonecraft, Tocqueville, Mill, Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, DuBois, Gandhi, Arendt, Fanon, Foucault, and Patricia J. Williams.

Registration Procedure

All information concerning registration in COCI CC1101-COCI CC1102 CONTEMP WESTRN CIVILIZATION II is included in the registration materials sent to students. Students normally take Contemporary Civilization in their second year at Columbia.

All Core Curriculum courses, including Contemporary Civilization, must be taken for a letter grade. Students may not drop or withdraw from Contemporary Civilization after the Core drop deadline (which is also the end of the Change-of-Program period). For more information, see Registration—Dropping Core Courses.

Courses of Instruction

COCI CC1101 Introduction To Contemporary Civilization in the West I. 4 points.

Taught by members of the Departments of Anthropology, Classics, English and Comparative Literature, French, German, History, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Slavic Languages, and Sociology; and members of the Society of Fellows. A study in their historical context of major contributions to the intellectual traditions that underpin contemporary civilization. Emphasis is on the history of political, social, and philosophical thought. Students are expected to write at least three papers to complete two examinations, and to participate actively in class discussions. 

Fall 2020: COCI CC1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
COCI 1101 003/11737 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Michael Stanislawski 4 21/21
COCI 1101 004/11938 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Joshua Whitford 4 22/22
COCI 1101 005/11993 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Roosevelt Montas 4 21/21
COCI 1101 006/11738 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Alma Steingart 4 22/22
COCI 1101 007/11739 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Gal Katz 4 21/21
COCI 1101 008/12022 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Rebecca Kobrin 4 22/22
COCI 1101 009/11994 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Online Only
Jason Resnikoff 4 21/21
COCI 1101 010/11740 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Online Only
Andrew McLaren 4 22/22
COCI 1101 011/11741 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Online Only
Ruairidh MacLeod 4 21/21
COCI 1101 012/11744 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Online Only
Charles McNamara 4 21/22
COCI 1101 013/11745 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Online Only
Rebecca Pawel 4 21/21
COCI 1101 014/11746 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Online Only
Mario Cancel-Bigay 4 22/22
COCI 1101 015/11998 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Samuel Abrams 4 21/21
COCI 1101 016/11747 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Manan Ahmed 4 21/22
COCI 1101 017/11999 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Samuel Klug 4 21/21
COCI 1101 018/11997 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Nadia Urbinati 4 21/22
COCI 1101 019/11748 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Gal Katz 4 21/21
COCI 1101 020/12023 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Joshua Donovan 4 22/22
COCI 1101 021/12000 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Charles McNamara 4 20/21
COCI 1101 022/12001 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Michelle Chun 4 16/22
COCI 1101 023/12002 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Annie Pfeifer 4 21/21
COCI 1101 024/12003 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Divya Subramanian 4 22/22
COCI 1101 025/12004 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Rebecca Pawel 4 21/21
COCI 1101 026/12005 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Phillip Polefrone 4 22/22
COCI 1101 027/12006 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Michelle Chun 4 17/21
COCI 1101 028/12007 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Matthew Heeney 4 19/22
COCI 1101 029/12008 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Alexander de la Paz 4 21/21
COCI 1101 030/12009 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Aled Roberts 4 21/22
COCI 1101 031/12010 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Online Only
Thomas Dodman 4 21/21
COCI 1101 032/12011 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Online Only
Mariana Noe 4 22/22
COCI 1101 033/12012 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
Online Only
Jessica Simon 4 22/21
COCI 1101 034/12013 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
Online Only
Jenna Schoen 4 22/22
COCI 1101 035/12014 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Matthew Engelke 4 21/21
COCI 1101 036/12015 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Charly Coleman 4 22/22
COCI 1101 037/12016 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Tunc Sen 4 21/21
COCI 1101 038/12017 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Elaine van Dalen 4 22/22
COCI 1101 039/12018 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Nicole Callahan 4 19/21
COCI 1101 040/12019 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Awo Sumah 4 18/22
COCI 1101 041/11995 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Leah Aronowsky 4 21/21
COCI 1101 042/11996 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Richard Billows 4 22/22
COCI 1101 043/12020 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Turkuler Isiksel 4 19/21
COCI 1101 044/12021 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Matthew Hart 4 22/22
COCI 1101 045/12024 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Carol Rovane 4 21/21
COCI 1101 046/12025 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Sophie Schweiger 4 20/22
COCI 1101 047/12026 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Noelle Turtur 4 21/21
COCI 1101 048/12027 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Nicole Callahan 4 21/22
COCI 1101 049/12028 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Jessica Simon 4 21/21
COCI 1101 050/12029 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Larry Jackson 4 22/22
COCI 1101 051/12030 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Jeronimo Duarte Riascos 4 20/21
COCI 1101 052/12031 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Conor Cullen 4 19/22
COCI 1101 053/12032 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Julie Crawford 4 21/21
COCI 1101 054/12033 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Matthew Heeney 4 20/22
COCI 1101 055/12034 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Alexander de la Paz 4 21/21
COCI 1101 056/12035 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Online Only
Jesse James 4 21/22
COCI 1101 057/12036 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Online Only
Neslihan Senocak 4 22/21
COCI 1101 060/15280 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Aled Roberts 4 21/22
COCI 1101 062/24535 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Online Only
Michael Gottsegen 4 22/22

COCI CC1102 CONTEMP WESTRN CIVILIZATION II. 4.00 points.

Taught by members of the Departments of Anthropology, Classics, English and Comparative Literature, French, German, History, Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Slavic Languages, and Sociology; and members of the Society of Fellows. A study in their historical context of major contributions to the intellectual traditions that underpin contemporary civilization. Emphasis is on the history of political, social, and philosophical thought. Students are expected to write at least three papers to complete two examinations, and to participate actively in class discussions