HUMN112 Humanities II

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Humanities

I. Course Number and Title
HUMN112 Humanities II
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
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 II.

This course meets the General Education requirement in Arts/Humanities.
This course meets the General Education requirement in Diversity.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a historical survey of the art, literature, music, philosophy, technology, science, and religion of human civilizations from the dissolution of the Roman Empire to the Late Renaissance (300-1550 C.E.). Students explore the major themes and ideas at the heart of the Western cultural tradition.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the significant artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, technological, scientific and religious developments, and key figures of the post-Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, and Late Renaissance [Arts and Humanities];
    2. demonstrate an understanding of the rise of Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism [Diversity];
    3. identify the major artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, technological, scientific, and religious contributions of early Medieval European and Byzantine civilization [Diversity];
    4. identify the major artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, technological, scientific, and religious contributions of Renaissance European civilization; and
    5. demonstrate an understanding of the outbreak and philosophical implications of the Protestant Reformation and Counter-Reformation.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Mysticism and Searching for the Divine Order

    1. First Century Religious Traditions and Mysticism
      • -Judaism, Christianity, Islam
      • -private letters, poetry, literature, architecture, sculpture, painting, and music
    2. The Successors of Rome / Byzantium and Europe
      • -theology vs. government
      • -Byzantine Empire
      • -Iconoclastic Controversy
      • -private letters, poetry, literature, architecture, sculpture, painting, mosaics, and music
      • -European Christianity vs. Byzantium

    Feudalism, Survival and Pilgrimage: The Search for Survival

    1. The Early Medieval West
      • -the Romanesque West
      • -teaching through iconography
      • -emergence of the Church of Rome
      • -religious orders and lay piety
      • -Carolingian Renaissance
      • -the pilgrim trail, effects of the Crusades and the Plague
      • -private letters, poetry, literature, architecture, sculpture, painting, mosaics, and music

    Humanism: The Rise of the Individual

    1. The Renaissance and Mannerism
      • -the rise of the Merchant Class
      • -artist as genius and artistic patronage
      • -private letters, poetry, literature, architecture, sculpture, painting, education, and music
      • -the rise of Humanism and the Individual
      • -secular governments in Northern Italy
      • -Shakespeare, Erasmus and Luther
      • -Reformation and Counter Reformation
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Course learning goals are assessed with 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 Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - Unavailable; Core Objectives/Goals added 4/04; Revised 9/2012; New Core 8/2015