HUMN114 Humanities IV
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Humanities
Course Number and TitleHUMN114 Humanities IV
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
Other Pertinent InformationStudents 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 IV.
Catalog Course DescriptionThis course is a historical survey of the art, literature, music, philosophy, science, technology, and religion of the Western World 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.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- demonstrate an understanding of the significant artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, technological, scientific, religious developments and key figures of the time period stretching from the Age of Nationalism to the present;
- identify the major artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, technological, scientific, and religious contributions of the Modernists of the early 20th century;
- identify the major artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, technological, scientific, and religious impact of totalitarianism during the 20th century;
- identify the major artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, technological, scientific, and religious contributions of the Post-Modern Period; and
- identify the major artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, technological, scientific, and religious contributions of the Culture Revolutions of the 1960s.
- Core (if applicable) Category I:
- demonstrate knowledge and awareness of some components of our society's cultural heritage such as artistic, historical, linguistic, literary, and philosophical foundations.
- compare, contrast, analyze and/or defend differing world views and practices.
- demonstrate the ability to think independently by reading critically, thinking analytically, and communicating effectively in oral and/or written formats within the context of studying diversity in our culture.
- understand and express the meaning and significance of a variety of communications (Interpretation).
- integrate and/or combine knowledge from multiple sources to create new knowledge (Synthesis).
- communicate and justify clearly the results of their reasoning (presenting Arguments Skills).
- articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
- demonstrate an understanding of major ethical concerns.
- determine the nature and extent of the information needed.
- determine the technologies and information formats appropriate for the information identified.
- access needed information effectively and efficiently.
- evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into their knowledge base and value system.
- 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.
Cultural PerspectivesStudents will be able to:
Critical Thinking/Problem SolvingStudents will be able to:
International, Gender, and/or Minority PerspectivesStudents will be able to:
Responsible CitizenshipStudents will be able to:
Information LiteracyStudents will be able to:
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- -Early Modern Age of the late 19th Century and its influences
- -1900 Millennium Change
- -Harlem Renaissance
- -expressions in 20th century music, literature, architecture, theater, dance, and photography
- -technologies and art
- -war, economic depression
- -social injustice relative to class, race, gender, and sexual orientation
- -'McCarthyism' in the 1950's
- -The Beat Generation
-revolution and 'Rock & Roll'
- -pop Art, Propaganda Art, and Performance Art as a Social Statement
- -personal morality, religion, and aesthetics
- -American Social Realism
- -2000 Millennium Change
- -current trends of the 21st century
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
- Core (if applicable) 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.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:See course format.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date - Unavailable; Core Objectives/Goals added 4/04; Revised 9/2012