For over two millennia, human beings have been asking enduring questions about the nature of time, the ways in which time might best be structured, how to use time wisely, and how to change temporal habits. These questions are not merely academic or theoretical; they matter, and they are timely.
THEO 4050 is a course devoted to exploring the topic of Time from inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural perspectives.
We begin by exploring interdisciplinary debates about time across the sciences, arts, and humanities. Then we turn to the global history of clocks, calendars, and chronologies, as they were developed and used from antiquity to modernity in different parts of the world. We end by exploring debates about the value of rest, leisure, diversion, free time, serving time, and other timely matters.
Exploring time through an interdisciplinary and intercultural lens will help us contextualize our own relationship to time within a long history of time and temporal reckoning. We will finish the semester empowered to make informed, bold, and ethical choices about how to use the time that is ours.