HUMN114 Humanities IV

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Humanities

I. Course Number and Title
HUMN114 Humanities IV
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course meets the General Education requirement for Arts/Humanities and Diversity.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a historical survey of the art, literature, music, philosophy, science, technology, and religion of the Western World in a global context from the Age of Nationalism (1880 C.E.) to the present. 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 cultural and intellectual developments of the Western world, within a global context, from the late nineteenth century to the present;
    2. identify the major cultural and intellectual contributions of early twentieth century modernists [Arts/Humanities];
    3. identify the influence of racial, gender, ethnic, national, and sexual identity on twentieth and twenty-first century creative and intellectual expression in the West and the world [Diversity];
    4. demonstrate an understanding of the influence of war and revolution on the world's creative and intellectual expression in the modern and postmodern periods; and
    5. identify the influence of globalism and information technology on the world's creative and intellectual expression in the postmodern period [Arts/Humanities].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Early-modern innovation in visual art, architecture, music, dance, poetry, and literature, photography, film
    2. The new psychology and creative culture
    3. World War I: Dada and Surrealism, Realist war literature
    4. 1920s: Harlem Renaissance and African American modernism
    5. 1930s: Socialist and Social Realism in visual art
    6. World War II: Totalitarianism and creative culture
    7. Mid-century high modernism in philosophy, art, architecture, literature, music, dance, film
    8. 1960s cultural revolution(s)
    9. Post war identity politics and creative expression (Black Arts, Feminist Art, anti-colonial art and thought)
    10. Mass culture and thought in the information age
    11. Postmodernism in visual art, architecture, music, dance, poetry, literature, photography, film
    12. Globalism and its influence on creative expression and identity
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Course learning goals are assessed with 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