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 Course Title:   Humanities II

 Title Abbreviation:   HUMANITIES II

 Department:    HUM&

 Course #:    117

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    240103

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2013

 Course Description  

Survey of the development of the fine and literary arts and their social and historical influences from the Renaissance to the early 1800's.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the major periods of artistic achievements from the Renaissance to the early 1800s.
  2. Identify some of the major social and historical factors that influenced artistic form and content.
  3. Through the use of critical thinking skills in writing, group discussion and examination, identify how specific technical and aesthetic developments in each of the arts have influenced Western thought, the individual arts and their artist, and the way our society values the arts today.
  4. Through the study of various cultural influences on the fine and literary arts increase your understanding and appreciation of multi-cultural arts.
  5. Provide ongoing experience and instruction in writing appropriate to HUM 111.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.2 Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetic principles.
7.3 Use knowledge of creative processes and aesthetic principles to understand humans and the world around them.
7.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of arts and creative expression in societies.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Historical/Cultural Influences: Humanism and science, Protestant Reformation, philosophical developments (i.e., Cultural Relativism and Skepticism), economic expansion (i.e., International commerce, industrial and commercial capitalism), the Inquisition, Absolutism, philosophical developments (i.e., Empiricism, Deism), American and French Revolutions.
  2. Traditional structuring of western art ??periods?? (i.e., Renaissance, 17th, & 18th centuries
  3. Some major technical developments in each of the arts:
    • Literature and Drama: Elizabethan drama, Jacobean drama, the emergence of the novel, the sonnet, metaphysical poetry, social and philosophical literature (i.e., Locke, Hobbes), Neoclassical drama, satiric literature, the mock epic, the pre-Romantics
    • Art: Renaissance Art, Mannerism, Baroque, Rococo, pre-Romantics
    • Music: Perfection of vocal counterpoint, development of chorale (based on folk-song), birth of opera, perfection of sonata, development of present symphony orchestra form, Romantic style
  4. Instruction in writing appropriate to Humanities 111
  5. Suggested Readings
    • For Course Content: Medieval England/The Canterbury Tales, Trans. Nevill Coghill. Penguin Classic ISBN: 0-4-044089-5. 17th c. France/The Misanthrope and Other Plays, Trans John Wood. Penguin Classic ISBN: 0-14-044089-5. 18th c. Ireland/Gulliver??s Travels, Ed. Peter Dixon. Penguin Classic ISBN: 0-14-04322-9. Arts Survey/Arts & Ideas, William Fleming. Holt, Rinehart & Winston ISBN: 0-03-040484-3
    • For Instruction in Writing: Living With Art: Writing Guide and Projects Manual, Rita Gilbert. McGraw Hill ISBN: 0-07-911794-5