Sophomore / Humanities / Global Stories

Why have books been forbidden throughout history? In this course, you will explore why certain books and ideas have been considered dangerous or threatening throughout history, focusing on 3 themes: politics, dogma, and diversity. In each unit, you will read original texts to understand, through the study of each text’s historical context, why its central themes were considered dangerous at the time of writing—and beyond.

Course Units

  • How are minds governed?

    Why?

    In this unit you will learn why books have been forbidden for political reasons, through the study of “The Apology” by Socrates.

    How?

    Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

    • Why have books been banned for political reasons?
    • What is the Socratic Method?
    • How can I become a gadfly?
  • How are minds fanaticized?

    In this unit you will learn why books have been forbidden for dogmatic reasons, through the study of The Bible and The Koran.

    Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

    • What are dogmas of Christianity and Islam?
    • How can teaching being interpreted differently?
    • How can dogma lead to conflict?
  • What are the prejudices of the mind?

    In this unit you will learn why books have been forbidden for promoting diversity, through the study of a censored book of your choice.

    Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

    • Internal Guiding Question?
    • External Guiding Question?
    • Action Guiding Question?