Undergraduate Courses

Arendt's writings are taught in the Language & Thinking Program, The First Year Seminar, and The College Seminar, as well as many other courses. Listed below are current courses connected with Arendt's Work. While Arendt herself is not read in all these courses, the courses listed address works, themes and traditions that are important foundations for those who want to engage in political and humanist thinking about the world in conversation with Hannah Arendt. 

Undergraduate Courses
The Practice of Courage Courses 2019
  • (Super) Heroic Politics 
     Elizabeth Barringer

    A fascination with heroes has been a constant feature of Western political thought stretching back to classical times. Yet their role in political orders is complex, varied, and dynamic—and frequently not aligned with the common good, or with democratic conceptions of politics. Our task in this course is to look at recent superhero movies as a continuation of this long tradition of heroic politics and to critically examine their potential for (or against) democratic practices: what kinds of political relationships do these stories imagine or support? Expand >

  • The Courage to Judge

    Samantha Hill
    If we are in a world, as many fear, where truth no longer matters and cultural criticism is dictated by Internet mobs, how are we to judge? With the phenomenal appearance of totalitarianism in the middle of the 20th century, Hannah Arendt famously argued that the traditional moral categories of good and bad have lost their relevance. The inability to discern fact from fiction, and make critical judgments paves the ground for the emergence of fascist propaganda and rhetoric.  Expand >

  • Introduction to Christianity in Revolutions
    Prof Bruce Chilton
    Christianity has both promoted and resisted revolutions during the course of its history. The aim of this course is to understand why and how that process has unfolded. The method of the seminar is to understand how Christianity developed through systemic changes, and to read selected authors against the background of that evolution. This course is part of the Courage To Be College Seminar Series; students are required to attend three lectures in the in Courage to Be Lecture Series sponsored by the Hannah Arendt Center.

  • Theorizing Facebook: Technology, Society, and Social Networks
    Laura Ford
    In this course, we will seek to understand social media, as social and moral phenomena. Each week we will “theorize” social media from a different perspective, seeking new sociological insights into social media-related “spaces,” and into the ways that morality, ethics, and politics are enacted within such spaces. Expand >

Affiliated Bard Programs
  • Human Rights Project Courses
    The Human Rights Project helps the Bard community examine the theory and practice of human rights through teaching, research, and public programs.

  • Political Studies Program Courses
    The political studies program curriculum is anchored upon a set of introductory courses generally regarded as the intellectual foundations of political science: Political Theory, Comparative Politics, International Relations, American Politics, Political Economy, and Foundations of the Law.

  • Philosophy Program Courses
    The philosophy course list that follows is divided into several categories: introductory courses; historical courses; ethics; logic; aesthetics; epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of language; and single-philosopher seminars. Courses numbered in the 100s are introductory courses; 200-level courses, while more specialized in content, also are generally appropriate as first courses in philosophy; 300-level courses require previous courses in philosophy and permission of the instructor for admission.