Contemporary Civilization

Carnoy Family Program Chair for Contemporary Civilization:
Prof. Patricia Kitcher
718 Philosophy 
212-854-8617
pk206@columbia.edu

Contemporary Civilization Website

The central purpose of COCI CC1101-COCI CC1102 Introduction To Contemporary Civilization In the West , 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, Hume, Smith, Rousseau, Kant, Burke, Tocqueville, Mill, Hegel, Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, DuBois, Freud, and Woolf.

Registration Procedure

All information concerning registration in COCI CC1101-COCI CC1102 Introduction To Contemporary Civilization In the West 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. 4 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. 

Fall 2017: COCI CC1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
COCI 1101 001/68716 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
301 Hamilton Hall
Victoria Wiet 4 21/22
COCI 1101 002/10474 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
302 Hamilton Hall
Ethan Yee 4 22/22
COCI 1101 003/73315 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
Charles Armstrong 4 22/22
COCI 1101 004/29003 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
Michael Stanislawski 4 22/22
COCI 1101 005/68170 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Adam Kosto 4 21/22
COCI 1101 006/77544 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Stathis Gourgouris 4 22/22
COCI 1101 007/67579 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
111 Carman Hall
Kevin Elliott 4 21/22
COCI 1101 008/29567 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
309 Hamilton Hall
Courtney Bender 4 21/22
COCI 1101 009/29952 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
Whitney Laemmli 4 19/22
COCI 1101 010/65943 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
Jason Resnikoff 4 22/22
COCI 1101 011/74896 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Charles McNamara 4 17/22
COCI 1101 012/73309 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
111 Carman Hall
Kevin Elliott 4 20/22
COCI 1101 013/61231 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Bruno Bosteels 4 21/22
COCI 1101 014/70682 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
309 Hamilton Hall
Benjamin Barasch 4 22/22
COCI 1101 015/14850 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Turkuler Isiksel 4 21/22
COCI 1101 016/73660 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
Joshua Simon 4 22/22
COCI 1101 017/62977 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
325 Pupin Laboratories
Emily Jones 4 20/22
COCI 1101 018/72737 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
224 Pupin Laboratories
Tunc Sen 4 19/22
COCI 1101 019/16582 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Lamyu Bo 4 22/22
COCI 1101 020/70392 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
109 Hartley Hall
Giulia Bonasio 4 20/22
COCI 1101 021/21135 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
111 Carman Hall
Robert Goodman 4 21/22
COCI 1101 022/23635 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Alana Hein 4 12/22
COCI 1101 023/10308 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
Peter Pazzaglini 4 22/22
COCI 1101 024/17235 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Kathryn Tabb 4 22/22
COCI 1101 025/18002 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
Kathy Eden 4 22/22
COCI 1101 026/26970 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Candace Cunard 4 18/22
COCI 1101 027/24374 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
111 Carman Hall
Guido Parietti 4 18/22
COCI 1101 028/64078 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
109 Hartley Hall
Rebecca Lossin 4 20/22
COCI 1101 029/23707 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
309 Hamilton Hall
Richard John 4 22/22
COCI 1101 030/12167 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
304 Hamilton Hall
Andreas Avgousti 4 21/22
COCI 1101 031/73403 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
Brittany Koffer 4 22/22
COCI 1101 032/14521 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Jeremy Forster 4 22/22
COCI 1101 033/23073 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Campbell Birch 4 22/22
COCI 1101 034/24247 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
111 Carman Hall
Tianna Uchacz 4 22/22
COCI 1101 035/75965 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
Emmanuelle Saada 4 21/22
COCI 1101 036/20718 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
111 Carman Hall
Neslihan Senocak 4 21/22
COCI 1101 037/15342 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
601b Fairchild Life Sciences Bldg
Daniel del Nido 4 21/22
COCI 1101 038/16228 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
109 Hartley Hall
Nicole Callahan 4 22/22
COCI 1101 039/72595 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
313 Pupin Laboratories
Thomas Dodman 4 21/22
COCI 1101 040/77242 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
424 Pupin Laboratories
Jessica Kimpell 4 22/22
COCI 1101 041/18181 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
304 Hamilton Hall
Aileen Forbes 4 22/22
COCI 1101 042/76964 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
304 Hamilton Hall
Elisabeth Ladenson 4 20/22
COCI 1101 043/76217 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Richard Billows 4 22/22
COCI 1101 044/72095 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
111 Carman Hall
Michelle Chun 4 21/22
COCI 1101 045/10997 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
109 Hartley Hall
Una Stojnic 4 20/22
COCI 1101 046/16769 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
Nicole Callahan 4 22/22
COCI 1101 047/74884 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
402 Hamilton Hall
Melissa Fusco 4 22/22
COCI 1101 048/28251 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
601b Fairchild Life Sciences Bldg
Daniel del Nido 4 21/22
COCI 1101 049/18647 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
309 Hamilton Hall
Stephanie Ramsey 4 21/22
COCI 1101 050/23976 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Jessica Simon 4 21/22
COCI 1101 051/13639 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
111 Carman Hall
Michelle Chun 4 19/22
COCI 1101 052/71004 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
109 Hartley Hall
Douglas Chalmers 4 22/22
COCI 1101 053/64870 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
Luke Mayville 4 21/22
COCI 1101 054/25472 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
425 Pupin Laboratories
Blase Provitola 4 18/22
COCI 1101 055/72238 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
616 Hamilton Hall
Tillmann Taape 4 15/22
COCI 1101 056/24469 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
Zachary Herz 4 13/22
COCI 1101 057/72094 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Jeremy Forster 4 22/22
COCI 1101 061/74887 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
109 Hartley Hall
Ignacio Ojea Quintana 4 21/22
COCI 1101 062/10505 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
601b Fairchild Life Sciences Bldg
Luise Papcke 4 22/22
COCI 1101 063/74487 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
Manuel Bautista Gonzalez 4 19/22
COCI 1101 064/25339 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
306 Hamilton Hall
Charles McNamara 4 13/22

COCI CC1102 Introduction To Contemporary Civilization In the West. 4 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. 

Spring 2017: COCI CC1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
COCI 1102 001/29577 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Justin Reynolds 4 20/22
COCI 1102 002/29578 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
111 Carman Hall
Jason Resnikoff 4 22/22
COCI 1102 003/29579 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
Victoria De Grazia 4 17/22
COCI 1102 004/60830 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
309 Hamilton Hall
Manan Ahmed 4 22/22
COCI 1102 005/60831 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Matthew Jones 4 22/22
COCI 1102 006/60832 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
303 Hamilton Hall
Katharina Ivanyi 4 21/22
COCI 1102 007/92073 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
111 Carman Hall
Ana Lee 4 22/22
COCI 1102 008/92074 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Kathryn Tabb 4 20/22
COCI 1102 009/92075 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
424 Pupin Laboratories
Ruen-Chuan Ma 4 20/22
COCI 1102 010/92076 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
304 Hamilton Hall
Heidi Hausse 4 20/22
COCI 1102 011/23322 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
602 Northwest Corner
Christine Susienka 4 22/22
COCI 1102 012/23323 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
111 Carman Hall
Daniel del Nido 4 18/22
COCI 1102 013/23324 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Kevin Elliott 4 22/22
COCI 1102 014/88946 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Nicholas Chong 4 21/22
COCI 1102 015/88947 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
601b Fairchild Life Sciences Bldg
Candace Cunard 4 12/22
COCI 1102 016/88948 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
424 Pupin Laboratories
Christopher Florio 4 22/22
COCI 1102 017/88949 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
303 Hamilton Hall
Kevin Elliott 4 20/22
COCI 1102 018/63013 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
318 Hamilton Hall
Jason Fitzgerald 4 20/22
COCI 1102 019/63014 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
109 Hartley Hall
Alana Hein 4 13/22
COCI 1102 020/63016 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
111 Carman Hall
Francis Hittinger 4 22/22
COCI 1102 021/69260 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Nicholas Chong 4 22/22
COCI 1102 022/69261 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
Melissa Fusco 4 20/22
COCI 1102 023/69262 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Branka Arsic 4 22/22
COCI 1102 024/69263 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
Roosevelt Montas 4 22/22
COCI 1102 025/75510 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Kathy Eden 4 22/22
COCI 1102 026/75511 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Dennis Tenen 4 22/22
COCI 1102 027/75512 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
316 Hamilton Hall
Mona El-Ghobashy 4 22/22
COCI 1102 028/75514 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
616 Hamilton Hall
Justin Clarke-Doane 4 22/22
COCI 1102 029/81763 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
111 Carman Hall
Francis Hittinger 4 21/22
COCI 1102 030/81764 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Benjamin Barasch 4 15/22
COCI 1102 031/81765 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
309 Hamilton Hall
Jeremy Forster 4 22/22
COCI 1102 032/88010 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
Foad Torshizi 4 19/22
COCI 1102 033/88011 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
963 Ext Schermerhorn Hall
Emily Yao 4 22/22
COCI 1102 034/88012 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
401 Hamilton Hall
Nicole Callahan 4 22/22
COCI 1102 035/88013 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
Harro Mueller 4 22/22
COCI 1102 036/94258 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
201 80 Claremont
Max Mishler 4 20/22
COCI 1102 037/94259 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
313 Hamilton Hall
Joshua Simon 4 21/22
COCI 1102 038/94260 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
224 Pupin Laboratories
Joel Klein 4 22/22
COCI 1102 039/94261 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
111 Carman Hall
Neslihan Senocak 4 21/22
COCI 1102 040/73318 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
Donna Bilak 4 22/22
COCI 1102 041/73319 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
109 Hartley Hall
John Ma 4 21/22
COCI 1102 042/73320 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
309 Hamilton Hall
Alexandre Roberts 4 21/22
COCI 1102 043/73321 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Stephanie Ramsey 4 21/22
COCI 1102 044/93636 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
Andreas Avgousti 4 21/22
COCI 1102 045/93637 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Richard Billows 4 22/22
COCI 1102 046/93638 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
602 Northwest Corner
Michael Gottsegen 4 20/22
COCI 1102 047/93639 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
325 Pupin Laboratories
Luke Mayville 4 21/22
COCI 1102 048/13009 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Michael Stevenson 4 21/22
COCI 1102 049/13010 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
507 Hamilton Hall
Marwa Elshakry 4 22/22
COCI 1102 050/13012 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Malgorzata Mazurek 4 20/22
COCI 1102 051/19259 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
402 Hamilton Hall
Richard John 4 22/22
COCI 1102 052/19261 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
C01 80 Claremont
Abram Kaplan 4 18/22
COCI 1102 053/19262 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
Andreas Avgousti 4 19/22
COCI 1102 054/19263 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Michael Stevenson 4 21/22
COCI 1102 055/25513 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
315 Hamilton Hall
Douglas Chalmers 4 21/22
COCI 1102 056/25514 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
607 Hamilton Hall
Gal Katz 4 22/22
COCI 1102 057/25515 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
707 Hamilton Hall
Zachary Herz 4 11/22
COCI 1102 061/29582 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
Jeremy Forster 4 22/22
COCI 1102 062/60833 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
601b Fairchild Life Sciences Bldg
Sam Wetherell 4 21/22