HUMN114 Modern World and Beyond: Culture and Ideas
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Humanities
- I. Course Number and Title
- HUMN114 Modern World and Beyond: 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 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
Course Learning Goals
- 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;
- identify the major cultural and intellectual contributions of early twentieth century modernists [Arts/Humanities];
- 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];
- 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
- identify the influence of globalism and information technology on the world's creative and intellectual expression in the postmodern period [Arts/Humanities].
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- Early-modern innovation in visual art, architecture, music, dance, poetry, and literature, photography, film
- The new psychology and creative culture
- World War I: Dada and Surrealism, Realist war literature
- 1920s: Harlem Renaissance and African American modernism
- 1930s: Socialist and Social Realism in visual art
- World War II: Totalitarianism and creative culture
- Mid-century high modernism in philosophy, art, architecture, literature, music, dance, film
- 1960s cultural revolution(s)
- Post war identity politics and creative expression (Black Arts, Feminist Art, anti-colonial art and thought)
- Mass culture and thought in the information age
- Postmodernism in visual art, architecture, music, dance, poetry, literature, photography, film
- Globalism and its influence on creative expression and identity
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