HUMANITIES 111.01 -- WESTERN HERITAGE I
Tuesdays and Fridays 12:00-1:30 PM, Elkins, 3 units, No Prerequisites, Spring 2008
Professor Sonia Sorrell
Office: AMB 124, call extension #6230 or e-mail:
for an appointment
A through D = Stephanie Stacy
E through King = Elizabeth Parang
Kirkpatrick through Schultz = Karin Taylor
Schwam through Z = Sonia Sorrell
Chambers, M., et al.,
The Western Experience
2007, Vol. A
Perry, M., et al.,
The Humanities in the Western
Tradition: Ideas and Aesthetics
, 2003, Vol. 1
Galla Placidia: Empress of Rome in a Time of Turmoil, 389-450 AD,
This course is an overview of Western cultures from the early ages of humankind through the Middle
Through an integrated study of the history of politics, religion, literature, art, architecture, music,
theater and philosophy, we will examine the creative channels through which the peoples of the West
interpreted human experience and defined human nature. We will also explore how all histories are
constructs, or interpretations, and in this way engage the students in the construction of cultural meaning.
The Seaver College Mission Statement
declares that graduating Seaver students have “a broad cultural
The goal of this course is to help each student achieve that broad cultural perspective by
developing an understanding of and appreciation for the cultures of the ancient world.
studies, we will see how ancient peoples lived long ago, how those ancient peoples affected others far
beyond their immediate boundaries, and how those ancient peoples continue to affect our lives today.
In Humanities 111, students will learn to look at information and events in their historical context.
ability will prove useful not only in our study of ancient history, but in our everyday lives as well.
example, we know that climate had a great affect on peoples and events in the ancient world . . . what
affect could global warming have in our own time period?
In Hum 111 we will examine connections
such as the affect of religion on politics, how literature reflects a people’s values, how politics affect the
arts, how geography affects a culture’s outlook on life, and so forth.
We will also examine topics such as
the contributions of women and peasants, the role of marriage and family in antiquity, and the influence
of other cultures on the Western tradition.
No historical event occurred in a vacuum--all of history is
Students will learn to look critically at the past, to interpret the sources, both primary
and secondary, and to apply those “knowledge connections” to their own multicultural and global world.
HUM 111 also offers an excellent opportunity to explore the tenets of the