HUMN113 Early Modern World: Culture and Ideas
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Humanities
- I. Course Number and Title
- HUMN113 Early Modern World: Culture and Ideas
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- This course meets the General Education requirements 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 Late Renaissance to the Modern Era (1550-1880s C.E.). Students explore the major themes and ideas of the Western cultural and intellectual tradition in a global context.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- demonstrate an understanding of the significant artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, technological, scientific, and religious developments and key figures from the Late Renaissance to the Early Modern era;
- demonstrate an understanding of the differences, similarities, and the cultural interchange between Eastern and Western absolutist regimes, as seen through their creative/intellectual culture and social structure [Diversity];
- identify the major artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, technological, scientific, and religious contributions of the Age of Reason and Enlightenment [Arts/Humanities]; and
- demonstrate an understanding the effects of European exploration and empire on Africa, China, and other nations.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
1600 - 1799 C.E.
- Reformation and Counter-Reformation
- Baroque creative culture and religious thought
- Absolutism: Middle Eastern, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and French
- Humanism and the rise of individualism
- Scientific Revolution and the age of invention
- The Enlightenment
- Revolt against Reason: Rococo creative culture
- Neoclassicism and creative culture and thought
- American and French Revolution, and cultural response
- Bourgeoisie and commercial culture
- Atlantic slave trade and International Economy
1800 - 1880s C.E.
- Early industrialism and nineteenth century social and political thought
- Romanticism: East and West in creative culture
- The Age of Nationalism, European empire and China, Africa, and the Islamic World
- Urbanization and Realism in creative culture
- Race and gender in the early modern era
- Early Modernism in creative culture
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsCourse learning goals are assessed with exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
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