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HUMA 102 - Introduction to the Humanities II
Course Code:
HUMA 102

Credits:
3

Calendar Description:
Continuation of Humanities 101

Date First Offered:
2000-01-11

Hours:
Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 3


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: HUMA 101 Introduction to the Humanities I, or the consent of the instructor

Non-Course Pre-Requisites: None

Co-Requisites: None

Rearticulation Submission: No

Course Content:
The course will look at philosophy and discuss questions like:
- What are good and evil, right and wrong? Are they absolute?
- Is there a god? If so, what is the nature of God? Do we need God or does God need us?
- What do we believe and why do we believe it?
- What is truth and reality?
- What are myths, love, hate, joy, pain, life & death, and freedom?
- What is the relationship between humanity and machines?
- What is humanities place in the universe?
The instructor does not have the answers, only lots of questions and his own personal views.


Learning Outcomes:
The student will be able to:
- Determine what their philosophy of life is and why they believe in that philosophy
- Express that philosophy orally and in writing to others

The student will make 5 written and oral presentations to the class. They will deal with 4 out of 5 fundamental beliefs of religion, morality, life & death, happiness, and freedom. The last one will be on their philosophy of life. The presentations will be evaluated on for five points:
- the reason(s) why believe what they do
- the defense of those beliefs with logic and reference to others who have written on that area of belief
- their presentation and ability to discuss beliefs in a thoughtful, rational, and respectful manner
- the use of references
- over all synthesis of thoughts and ideas


Knowledge:
Opportunities to analyze and apply “unprovable” concepts.

Attitudes:
The use of critical open mindedness is required for the course.

Skills:
Thinking, writing, presenting, and discussion skills will be used.

Technologies:
Web-CT will be one tool of communication in the course.

Grading System:
Letters

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 15 %
Assignments: 75 %


Number of Assignments:
5

Nature of Participation:
Discussions both electronic and oral will be evaluated for quality and quantity to make the participation work

Writing Assignments:
The 5 assignments are essays (followed by oral presentations) discussing and defending fundamental beliefs about religion, morality, life and death, happiness, and freedom

Percentage of Individual Work:
100

Course Offered in Other Programs:
No
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