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 2021: COCI CC1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
COCI 1101 003/11237 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
302 Hamilton Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 004/11467 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
206 Broadway Residence Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 005/11466 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
425 Pupin Laboratories
4 22/21
COCI 1101 006/11465 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Schiff Earl Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 007/11464 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
253 Engineering Terrace
4 21/21
COCI 1101 008/11468 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
307 Pupin Laboratories
4 22/22
COCI 1101 009/11469 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
602 Northwest Corner
4 21/21
COCI 1101 010/11470 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
327 Seeley W. Mudd Building
4 22/22
COCI 1101 011/11471 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
318 Hamilton Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 012/11472 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
325 Pupin Laboratories
4 22/22
COCI 1101 013/11473 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Schiff Earl Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 014/11474 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 015/11475 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
425 Pupin Laboratories
4 21/21
COCI 1101 016/11476 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
C01 80 Claremont
4 22/22
COCI 1101 017/11477 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 018/11478 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 019/11479 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
402 Hamilton Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 020/11480 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 021/11481 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
206 Broadway Residence Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 022/11482 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
109 Hartley Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 023/11483 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Schiff Earl Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 024/11484 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
318 Hamilton Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 025/11485 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Schiff Earl Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 026/11486 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
609 Hamilton Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 027/11487 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
509 Hamilton Hall
4 22/21
COCI 1101 028/11488 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 029/11489 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 030/11490 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
325 Pupin Laboratories
4 22/22
COCI 1101 031/11491 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
412 Pupin Laboratories
4 21/21
COCI 1101 032/11492 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
306 Hamilton Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 033/11493 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
318 Hamilton Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 034/11494 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
109 Hartley Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 035/11495 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 036/11496 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
111 Carman Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 037/11497 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
206 Broadway Residence Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 038/11498 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
601b Fairchild Life Sciences Bldg
4 22/22
COCI 1101 039/11499 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
109 Hartley Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 040/11500 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
307 Pupin Laboratories
4 22/22
COCI 1101 041/11501 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Schiff Earl Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 042/11508 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Bwy Alfred Lerner Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 043/11502 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
602 Northwest Corner
4 21/21
COCI 1101 044/11503 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
303 Hamilton Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 045/11504 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
304 Hamilton Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 046/11505 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
644 Seeley W. Mudd Building
4 22/22
COCI 1101 047/11506 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
253 Engineering Terrace
4 21/21
COCI 1101 048/11507 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
424 Pupin Laboratories
4 22/22
COCI 1101 049/11509 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Schiff Earl Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 050/11510 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
307 Pupin Laboratories
4 22/22
COCI 1101 051/11511 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
602 Northwest Corner
4 21/21
COCI 1101 052/11512 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
963 Ext Schermerhorn Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 053/11513 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Mpr River Side Church
4 21/21
COCI 1101 054/11514 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
304 Hamilton Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 055/11515 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 056/11516 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
411 Hamilton Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 057/11517 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Schiff Earl Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 060/11518 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
325 Pupin Laboratories
4 22/22
COCI 1101 063/11520 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
C01 80 Claremont
4 21/21
COCI 1101 064/11521 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
318 Hamilton Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 065/11522 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
206 Broadway Residence Hall
4 21/21
COCI 1101 066/11825 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
301 Hamilton Hall
4 22/22
COCI 1101 067/11826 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
401 Chandler
4 21/21
COCI 1101 068/11827 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
109 Hartley Hall
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

Spring 2021: COCI CC1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
COCI 1102 001/11633 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
Online Only
Ibrahim El Houdaiby 4.00 18/22
COCI 1102 002/11634 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
Online Only
Aaron Plasek 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 003/11635 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Michael Stanislawski 4.00 17/22
COCI 1102 004/11636 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Joshua Whitford 4.00 20/22
COCI 1102 005/11637 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Samuel Klug 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 006/11638 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Alma Steingart 4.00 20/22
COCI 1102 007/11639 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Gal Katz 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 008/11640 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Luke MacInnis 4.00 21/20
COCI 1102 009/11641 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Online Only
Jason Resnikoff 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 010/11642 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Online Only
Andrew McLaren 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 011/11643 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Online Only
Ruairidh MacLeod 4.00 20/22
COCI 1102 012/11644 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Online Only
Charles McNamara 4.00 18/22
COCI 1102 013/11645 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
555 Alfred Lerner Hall
Rebecca Pawel 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 014/11646 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Online Only
Mario Cancel-Bigay 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 015/11721 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Samuel Abrams 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 017/11729 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Marwa Elshakry 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 018/11730 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Dennis Tenen 4.00 20/22
COCI 1102 019/11731 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Gal Katz 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 020/11732 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Joshua Donovan 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 021/11733 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Charles McNamara 4.00 14/22
COCI 1102 022/11734 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Michelle Chun 4.00 11/22
COCI 1102 023/11765 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Annie Pfeifer 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 024/11766 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Divya Subramanian 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 025/11767 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
555 Alfred Lerner Hall
Rebecca Pawel 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 026/11768 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Phillip Polefrone 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 027/11769 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Michelle Chun 4.00 17/22
COCI 1102 028/11770 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Matthew Heeney 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 029/11771 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Alexander de la Paz 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 030/11773 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Aled Roberts 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 031/11774 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Online Only
Karuna Mantena 4.00 19/22
COCI 1102 032/11775 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Online Only
Mariana Noe 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 033/11776 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
Online Only
Jessica Simon 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 034/11777 T Th 8:10am - 10:00am
Online Only
Jenna Schoen 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 035/11779 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Matthew Engelke 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 036/11780 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Charly Coleman 4.00 19/22
COCI 1102 037/11781 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Aubrey Gabel 4.00 9/22
COCI 1102 038/11782 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Elaine van Dalen 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 039/11783 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Nicole Callahan 4.00 23/22
COCI 1102 040/11784 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Awo Sumah 4.00 5/22
COCI 1102 041/11785 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Leah Aronowsky 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 042/11789 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Benjamin Serby 4.00 19/22
COCI 1102 043/11790 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Turkuler Isiksel 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 044/11791 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Matthew Hart 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 045/11792 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Carol Rovane 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 046/11793 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Sophie Schweiger 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 047/11794 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Noelle Turtur 4.00 20/22
COCI 1102 048/11795 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Nicole Callahan 4.00 19/22
COCI 1102 049/11796 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Jessica Simon 4.00 20/22
COCI 1102 050/11797 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
702 Hamilton Hall
Larry Jackson 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 051/11798 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Jeronimo Duarte Riascos 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 052/11799 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Conor Cullen 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 053/11800 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Julie Crawford 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 054/11801 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Matthew Heeney 4.00 21/22
COCI 1102 055/11802 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Alexander de la Paz 4.00 22/22
COCI 1102 056/11803 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Online Only
Jesse James 4.00 19/22
COCI 1102 057/11804 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Online Only
Dana Neacsu 4.00 16/22
COCI 1102 060/11805 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Aled Roberts 4.00 18/22
COCI 1102 062/11806 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
517 Hamilton Hall
Michael Gottsegen 4.00 5/22
COCI 1102 063/11807 M W 8:10am - 10:00am
Online Only
Aileen Forbes 4.00 16/22