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Humanity: the epic story of our species’ quest to understand our very existence. Across the rise and fall of civilizations, science and reason emerging from the Dark Ages, and our quest to explore even as far as the stars, we are driven to understand who we are, where we come from, and how we got to where we are today. Join renowned historian and educator Dr. Stephen Ruzicka in The Soul and the Search for Meaning, a fascinating journey across time, myth, and legend as we explore the spiritual and philosophical origins of the most powerful species known: ourselves.

Dr. Stephen Ruzicka is an esteemed historian and professor, with a career in publishing and teaching spanning more than 35 years. Dr. Ruzicka has taught history at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 1980, and his research specializations include Ancient History, Classics, Early Christian Literature, and World History. A contributor to various academic journals and publications, his most recent book is Trouble in the West: The Persian Empire and Egypt, 525-332 B.C. The Soul and the Search for Meaning is his first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), and builds on his classic face-to-face university offering: The Passion of the Western Mind.

The course is designed so that you can participate at your own leisure. However, if you prefer a more structured, cohort-guided experience, the course schedule for Unit 1 is outlined below:

UNIT 1
Week 1: Section 1 Pre-Reflection Exercise, Section 1 Readings
Week 2: Section 1 Lecture Video, Section 1 Discussion, Section 1 Quiz
Week 3: Section 2 Pre-Reflection Exercise, Section 2 Readings
Week 4: Section 2 Lecture Video, Section 2 Discussion, Section 2 Quiz
Week 5: Section 3 Pre-Reflection Exercise, Section 3 Readings
Week 6: Section 3 Lecture Video, Section 3 Discussion, Section 3 Quiz
Week 7: Section 4 Pre-Reflection Exercise, Section 4 Readings
Week 8: Section 4 Lecture Video, Section 4 Discussion, Section 4 Quiz
Week 9: Unit 1 Exam

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