111.2 Syllabus Fall 2008 W 11AM-2PM class

111.2 Syllabus Fall 2008 W 11AM-2PM class - HUMANITIES...

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HUMANITIES 111.2 -- WESTERN CULTURE I Fall 2008, Wednesdays 11AM-2PM, PLC 125, 3 units, No Prerequisites Professor Sonia Sorrell Office: AMB 124, call extension #6230 or e-mail: [email protected] for an appointment Teaching Assistants (designated by the first letter of the students’ last names) Last names A through L--Elizabeth Parang [email protected] Last names M through Z--Sonia Sorrell [email protected] 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 Sorrell, S. Galla Placidia: Empress of Rome in a Time of Turmoil, 389-450 AD, 2006 (optional) This course is an overview of Western cultures from the early ages of humankind through the Middle Ages. 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 perspective.” 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. Through our 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. This ability will prove useful not only in our study of ancient history, but in our everyday lives as well. For 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 interconnected. 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
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