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HUM 110 West Humanities: Greece & Rome

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    May 14, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Hum 110 has made huge strides in the years since I was a Reed student in including Afrocentrist texts. While it still has a ways to go, I am grateful and glad that the course has finally been updated to move beyond the "Greek Miracle" conception of Western Civilization.

    Course highlights:

    Pancho's Black Athena lecture used to be the only nod to Alexandria and the enormous influence of African texts on the development of Western culture. It was the most important part of the course to me.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Get as much out of it as you can - the good points and the bad are all worth thinking critically about and learning from.

    • Spring 2017
    • Staff
    • Yes
    • Participation Counts Competitive Classmates Great Discussions
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    Jan 15, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It's a required course, so I can understand that it might be boring for some, however, it does create an atmosphere conducive to the academic discourse that's a token of the school.

    Course highlights:

    Learned a lot about the Mediterranean, also learned tons about the human experience and also how to listen to some questionable comments without flinching.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advise them to do the readings and then make sure they take quality notes in conference. Always go to morning lecture, even though it'll be hard.

    • Fall 2016
    • Cross
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts
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    Jun 04, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Hum 110 is not a course for slackers. Reed is not a college for slackers. If you're willing to put in the effort to do the readings and think about them on your own time, this course will reward you gratuitously. You'll be engaged and respected as an adult and intellectual by the faculty. They lecture to you with their own ideas and perspectives, assuming that you've carefully read the text and understand what happens (it's rare to have a lecturer give a summary of the material). The course takes you from the ancient middle east through early modern Europe, forcing you to contemplate the artificial divide between "eastern" and "western" thought and providing a worldly perspective that goes far beyond traditional "western thought".

    Course highlights:

    Meeting with my professor one-on-one. She gave me respectful criticism on my papers and allowed me to engage in argument about the ideas instead of just telling me what needed to be changed (she still helped me with grammar and all that though). I learned more through conversation than I did through reading and going to lecture.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    DO THE READING. You don't need to do it all. It's better to do half of a reading but do that reading thoroughly. Take notes on what you read. Go slow. Think about what you're reading. Notice your reactions. Don't speed through the material. Your teacher and peers will notice if you just skimmed it, and more importantly, you'll miss the point. Hum is far more than a "skill builder" class, but it's important to dedicate the time to build critical reading and thinking skills, and most of the time doing so means slowing down and being intentional with your work and thought. It pays off. It'll make the rest of your Reed career and your intellectual life more fruitful, easier, and way more fun.

    • Spring 2016
    • Lucia Martinez
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Great Discussions

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