HUMN166 Europe Since 1789 - An Operatic Approach (Experimental)

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Humanities

I. Course Number and Title
HUMN166 Europe Since 1789 - An Operatic Approach (Experimental)
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
The political and intellectual movements that swept Europe from the French Revolution to the present have found some of their most powerful expressions in a characteristically European art form - opera. This course examines fifteen major operas of the period, focusing on the historical fusion of literature and music in presenting ideals, philosophies, and political goals.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Understanding musical and operatic terminology
    2. Learning the principal, cultural and political movements of the period 1789-1945.
    3. Learning the plot and selected musical excerpts of 15 major operas.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    15 operas in chronological sequence of composition:
    1. The Magic Flute
    2. The Barber of Seville
    3. Lucia di Hammermoor
    4. Rrjoletto
    5. Die Walkinere
    6. Carmen
    7. Boris Godnnor
    8. Arda
    9. The Queen of Spades
    10. Otello
    11. The Tales of Hoffermann
    12. La Boheme
    13. Tosea
    14. Sadome
    15. The Turn of the Screw
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    1. Audio and videotapes supplied by instructor
    2. Phil Goulding, A Ticket to the Opera
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
  1. Lecture on social-political-cultural background
  2. Intensive watching/listening to musical exerpts, with comments by instructon
  3. Questions and answers on current performances, etc.
  4. Directed research into operas not covered in the course

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