Contemporary Civilization

Chair for Contemporary Civilization
Prof. Carol Rovane
Violin Family Professor of Philosophy
711 Philosophy
212-854-8618
cr260@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, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Machiavelli, Aquinas, Christine de Pizan, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Smith, Kant, Wollstonecraft, Tocqueville, Mill, Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, Ambedkar, Du Bois, Gandhi, Arendt, Fanon, and Foucault.

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 2022: COCI CC1101
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COCI 1101 001/11189 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
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4 21/21
COCI 1101 002/11190 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
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COCI 1101 003/11191 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
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COCI 1101 004/11192 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
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COCI 1101 005/11193 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
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COCI 1101 006/11194 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
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COCI 1101 007/11195 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
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COCI 1101 008/11196 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
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COCI 1101 009/11197 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
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COCI 1101 010/11198 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
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COCI 1101 011/11199 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
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COCI 1101 012/11201 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
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COCI 1101 013/11202 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
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COCI 1101 014/11203 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
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COCI 1101 015/11204 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
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COCI 1101 016/11205 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
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COCI 1101 017/11206 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
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COCI 1101 018/11208 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
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COCI 1101 019/11209 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
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COCI 1101 020/11211 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
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COCI 1101 021/11212 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
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COCI 1101 022/11213 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
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COCI 1101 023/11214 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
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COCI 1101 024/11215 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
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COCI 1101 025/11216 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
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4 22/21
COCI 1101 026/11220 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
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COCI 1101 027/11240 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
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COCI 1101 028/11223 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
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COCI 1101 029/11226 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
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COCI 1101 030/11230 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
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COCI 1101 031/11233 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
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COCI 1101 032/11238 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
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COCI 1101 033/11244 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
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COCI 1101 034/11245 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
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COCI 1101 035/11247 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
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4 19/21
COCI 1101 036/11251 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
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COCI 1101 037/11440 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
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COCI 1101 038/11441 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
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4 20/21
COCI 1101 039/11442 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
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4 19/21
COCI 1101 040/11443 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
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4 18/21
COCI 1101 041/11444 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
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COCI 1101 042/11445 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
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COCI 1101 043/11446 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
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COCI 1101 044/11447 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
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COCI 1101 045/11448 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
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COCI 1101 046/11449 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
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COCI 1101 047/11450 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
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COCI 1101 048/11451 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
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COCI 1101 049/11452 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
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COCI 1101 050/11453 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
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COCI 1101 051/11454 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
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COCI 1101 052/11455 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
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COCI 1101 053/11456 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
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COCI 1101 054/11457 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
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COCI 1101 055/11458 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
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COCI 1101 056/11459 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
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COCI 1101 057/11460 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
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COCI 1101 058/11461 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
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COCI 1101 059/11462 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
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COCI 1101 060/11463 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
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COCI 1101 063/11466 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
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COCI 1101 064/11468 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
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COCI 1101 065/11469 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
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COCI 1101 066/11470 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
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COCI 1101 067/11467 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
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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

Spring 2022: COCI CC1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
COCI 1102 001/12951 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
109 Hartley Hall
James Stafford 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 002/12955 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
111 Carman Hall
Manan Ahmed 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 003/12957 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
302 Hamilton Hall
David Ragazzoni 4.00 23/22
COCI 1102 004/12958 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Claudia Sbuttoni 4.00 20/22
COCI 1102 005/12965 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
109 Hartley Hall
Hannah Farber 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 006/12971 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Schiff Earl Hall
Michael Stanislawski 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 007/12973 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Alma Steingart 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 008/12974 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
607 Hamilton Hall
Matthew Heeney 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 009/12976 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
316 Hamilton Hall
Aubrey Gabel 4.00 14/22
COCI 1102 010/12979 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
616 Hamilton Hall
Courtney Bender 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 011/12987 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
516 Hamilton Hall
Michael Gottsegen 4.00 17/22
COCI 1102 011/12987 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
307 Uris Hall
Michael Gottsegen 4.00 17/22
COCI 1102 012/12988 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
109 Hartley Hall
Shaunna Rodrigues 4.00 23/22
COCI 1102 013/12989 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Schiff Earl Hall
Divya Subramanian 4.00 23/22
COCI 1102 014/12990 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
Jason Resnikoff 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 015/12991 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
111 Carman Hall
Aziza Shanazarova 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 016/12992 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Sat Alfred Lerner Hall
Alexander de la Paz 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 017/12994 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
Dennis Tenen 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 018/12995 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
Josef Sorett 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 019/12996 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
407 Mathematics Building
Samuel Abrams 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 020/12997 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
402 Hamilton Hall
Aled Roberts 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 021/12998 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Rebecca Pawel 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 022/13000 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
109 Hartley Hall
Allison Aitken 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 023/13001 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Schiff Earl Hall
Dorothea von Muecke 4.00 16/22
COCI 1102 024/13010 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
111 Carman Hall
Richard John 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 025/13011 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Schiff Earl Hall
Malgorzata Mazurek 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 026/13012 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Annie Pfeifer 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 027/13013 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
315 Hamilton Hall
Branka Arsic 4.00 23/22
COCI 1102 028/13015 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
402 Hamilton Hall
Aled Roberts 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 029/13016 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
Jenna Schoen 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 030/13017 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
316 Hamilton Hall
Matthew Heeney 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 031/13018 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Brittany Koffer 4.00 20/22
COCI 1102 032/13019 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
Jenna Schoen 4.00 20/22
COCI 1102 033/13021 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Brittany Koffer 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 034/13022 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
326 Uris Hall
Mariana Noe 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 035/13023 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
222 Pupin Laboratories
Chloe Vaughn 4.00 23/22
COCI 1102 036/13076 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
111 Carman Hall
Nadia Sariahmed 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 037/13079 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
206 Broadway Residence Hall
Sean Colonna 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 038/13080 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
607 Hamilton Hall
Margaret Scarborough 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 039/13081 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
413 Hamilton Hall
Nada Khalifa 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 040/13086 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
707 Hamilton Hall
Oliver Simons 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 041/13090 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
316 Hamilton Hall
Clara Maier 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 042/13091 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
402 Hamilton Hall
Charly Coleman 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 043/13092 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Schiff Earl Hall
Matthew Engelke 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 044/13093 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
C01 80 Claremont
Mana Kia 4.00 19/22
COCI 1102 045/13094 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
304 Hamilton Hall
Marcus Folch 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 046/13095 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
602 Northwest Corner
Phillip Polefrone 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 047/13124 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
B60 Alfred Lerner Hall
Jeremy Dauber 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 048/13139 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
507 Philosophy Hall
Luke MacInnis 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 049/13140 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Schiff Earl Hall
Isabel Huacuja Alonso 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 050/13142 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
477 Alfred Lerner Hall
Adam Leeds 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 051/13143 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Richard Billows 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 052/13148 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
224 Pupin Laboratories
Marwa Elshakry 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 053/13152 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
318 Hamilton Hall
Michael Gottsegen 4.00 9/22
COCI 1102 054/13153 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
309 Hamilton Hall
Caroline Marris 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 055/13171 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
Zachary Levine 4.00 23/22
COCI 1102 056/13172 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
309 Hamilton Hall
Caroline Marris 4.00 23/22
COCI 1102 057/13174 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Schiff Earl Hall
David Lerer 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 060/13175 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
201a Philosophy Hall
Nader Atassi 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 063/13176 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
C01 80 Claremont
Thomas Dodman 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 064/13177 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Hl-1 Heyman Center For Humanities
Youssef Ben Ismail 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 065/13186 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
424 Kent Hall
Sharon Marcus 4.00 11/22
COCI 1102 066/13191 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
Zachary Levine 4.00 23/22
COCI 1102 067/13195 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Natalia Alexander 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 068/13196 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
313 Pupin Laboratories
Jesse Chevan 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 070/13197 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Joshua Whitford 4.00 19/22