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HUMA 101 - Introduction to the Humanities
Course Code:
HUMA 101

Credits:
3

Calendar Description:
A survey of some of the fields that make up areas of human understanding that we call the humanities. These areas may include art, music, drama, philosophy, religion, literature and critical thinking as well as justice, wealth and power, religion, and ecology. All areas are selected to provide important insights into our understanding of humanism.

Date First Offered:
2002-01-01

Hours:
Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 45


Total Weeks: 15

This course is offered online: Yes
Depending on semester schedules, this course may be available online. Please consult the Academic Timetables.

Pre-Requisites: None

Non-Course Pre-Requisites: None

Co-Requisites: None

Rearticulation Submission: No

Course Content:
This course is designed for first year college students. It considers selected fields that make up the areas of human understanding that we call the humanities. These include the arts, government, justice, wealth and power, religion, and ecology. All areas are selected to provide important insights into our understanding of humanism.

Politics and Justice:
Lao-Tzu, Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Qualities of the Prince
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Origin of Civil Society
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions

Wealth and Poverty:
Adam Smith, Of the Natural Progress of Opulence
Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
Robert B. Reich, Why the Rich Are Getting Richer and the Poor, Poorer

Faith, Religion, and Ecology :
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Ethic of Compassion
The Bible, from St. Matthew
Friedrich Nietzsche, Morality as Anti-Nature
David Kinsley, Background to the Contemporary Discussion of Ecology and Religion


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of HUMA 101, students will be able to do the following:
-develop critical thinking skills as they apply to the humanities
-develop an awareness of the broad range that the humanities cover
-form critical arguments about select works in the humanities
-contrast authors' philosophies on select topics
-participate in online discussion forums
-write formal essays on assigned topics
-demonstrate their work and understanding at a "coffee house" to be held at the college


Knowledge:
Determine what their philosophy of life is and why they believe in that philosophy

Attitudes:
Hold an open mind to others opinion and be able to think critically about what they learn

Skills:
Express that philosophy orally, through different art forms and in writing to others

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 30 %
Quizzes and Tests: 10 %
Portfolio: 20 %
Project: 30 %
Participation: 10 %


Nature of Participation:
Participation marks will be based on attendance and groups discussion in class. It is expected that you come to class fully prepared, having read the materials. Also it is expected that the student has prepared the discussion question material and will take an active role in the discussion for that day.

Writing Assignments:
The writing assignments will be in the form of short stories and poetry. The short stories not to be longer than 5 typed pages double spaced.

Percentage of Individual Work:
90

Percentage of Group Work:
10

Course Offered in Other Programs:
Yes

Other Programs:
Associate of Arts Diploma - Fine Arts, Associate of Arts Degree, Associate of Arts Degree - Criminology Specialization, Academic Humanities

Additional Comments:
It is expected that the students will attend every class, do all course work and actively participate in all class discussions

Keys to Success:
The key to success in this class is preparation. Read the materials before hand and prepare statements regarding the discussions before coming to class.
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