HUMN111 Humanities I

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Humanities

I. Course Number and Title
HUMN111 Humanities I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
Students participate in one or more cultural events, museum lecture/tours or other activities announced by the instructor during the semester. These activities vary and are integrated into this course to introduce students to the artistic, historical, and philosophical foundations of the various cultures studied in Humanities I.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a historical survey of the art, literature, music, philosophy, technology, science, and religion of ancient cultures (25,000 B.C.E. -300 C.E.) Students explore the major themes at the heart of the Western cultural tradition.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. demonstrate an understanding of the artistic, historical, philosophical, technological, scientific, and religious foundations of the ancient world;
      2. identify the major artistic, historical, philosophical, technological, scientific, and religious contributions of ancient Near Eastern societies of the ancient Near Eastern societies of the Tigris-Euphrates River Valley;
      3. identify the major artistic, historical, philosophical, technological, scientific, and religious contributions of ancient Hebrew civilization;
      4. identify the major artistic, historical, philosophical, technological, scientific, and religious contributions of the ancient Egyptians;
      5. identify the major artistic, historical, philosophical, technological, scientific, and religious contributions of the ancient Greeks; and
      6. identify the major artistic, historical, philosophical, technological, scientific, and religious contributions of the ancient Romans.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I:
      Cultural Perspectives
      Students will be able to:
      1. demonstrate knowledge and awareness of some components of our society's cultural heritage, such as artistic, historical, linguistic, literary, and philosophical foundations.
      2. compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices.
      3. demonstrate the ability to think independently by reading critically, thinking analytically, and communicating effectively in both oral and written formats within the context of studying diversity in our culture.

      Category III:
      Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
      The students will be able to:
      1. understand and express the meaning and significance of a variety of communications. (Interpretation
      1. integrate and/or combine knowledge from multiple sources to create new knowledge. (Synthesis)
      1. communicate and justify clearly the results of the reasoning. (Presenting Arguments Skills)

      Category III:
      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
      The students will be able to:
      1. articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgements.

      Category III:
      Responsible Citizenship
      The students will be able to:
      1. demonstrate an understanding of major ethical concerns.

      Category III:
      Information Literacy
      The students will be able to:
      1. determine the nature and extent of the information needed.
      2. determine the technologies and information formats appropriate for the information identified.
      3. access needed information effectively and efficiently.
      4. evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into their knowledge base and value system.
      5. develop an understanding of many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information legally and ethically.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    Searching for the Divine Order
    1. Prehistory and Early Cultures, 25,000 - 10,000 BCE
      • -definitions of culture and civilization
      • -origins of human life and culture
      • -Paleolithic / Neolithic
      • -cooperative living, artistic developments, material culture
    2. The Cradle of Civilization / Tigris - Euphrates, 10,000 - 1700 BCE
      • -living in cities, the 'invention' of writing
      • -art, literature, law, architecture, music
    3. Judaism, 2000 BCE - 100 CE
      • -ethical monotheism, evolution of the Bible, the oral and written traditions
      • -Zoroastrian influences
      • -societal and family relationships under the law
      • -art, literature, law, architecture, poetry
    4. Upper and Lower Egypt
      • -continuity and change over three thousand years, 3500 - 300 BCE
      • -a quest for the eternal
      • -theocratic state
      • -private letters, poetry, literature, architecture, sculpture, painting, and music
      Searching for the Divine in Humanity - the Individual
    5. The Bronze Age Greeks, c.2000 - 1500 BCE
      • -Homeric and Megaron Traditions
      • -Archaeology supporting Myth and Legend
      • -emergence of a new civilized order
    6. The Archaic Greeks, c.1500 - 650 BCE
      • -the genius of the polis
      • -lyric poetry, politics, religion, and architecture
      • -the role of the muses in artistic creativity
      • -functional art vs. art for beauty
      • -humanistic sculpture emerges
    7. The Hellenic Greeks, c.650 - 300 BCE
      • -Delphic Oracle, The Games, Drama
      • -philosophy, science, art, vase design, sculpture, architecture, sanctuaries
      • -Golden Age / Periclean Athens
      • -Glory of the Athenian State
    8. The Hellenistic World, 340 BCE - 300 CE
      • -the Empire of 'Alexander the Great' and global horizons
      • -religious mysticism
      • -philosophy, historical documents, personal letters
      • -art, vase design, sculpture, architecture, sanctuaries
      • -Virgil and the 'Golden Age' of Augustus
      • -heir to the Greek tradition
      • -city design and visual arts used in propaganda
      • -decentralization and the fall of an empire
    9. Rome
      • -Bronze Age (Etruscan), 2000 BCE - 500 BCE
      • -Early Rome's connections to Hellenic culture
      • -legendary origins, oral tradition
      • -Fortuna, auguries, pilgrimage, and medical practice
      • -Roman Republic, 500 BCE - 44 CE
      • -language, literature, poetry, historical accounts
      • -art, music, sculpture, architecture, sanctuaries
      • -private and political commentary, Lex Romana
      • -Empire Period, 44 BCE - 300 CE
      • -Virgil and the 'Golden Age' of Augustus
      • -heir to the Greek tradition
      • -city design and visual arts used in propaganda
      • -decentralization and the fall of an empire
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Student assessment of Category I: Cultural Perspectives, Category III: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Category III: International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives, Category III: Responsible Citizenship, and Category III: Information Literacy consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - Unvailable; Core Objectives/Goals added 4/04; Revised 9/2012