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Effective: Fall 2012

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Humanities Transferable: CSU/UC
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Explain how the ideas and values of classical Greek culture are manifested in the artistic creations of the time.
  • Analyze how certain Judeo Christian values return in the artistic expressions of the Middle Ages.
Description -
An interdisciplinary survey of some of the cultural aspects of major civilizations from the Mesopotamians to the Italian Renaissance, and their influence on modern experiences. Illustrations of the cultural diversity which makes up modern life. Attendance at instructor approved lectures, performing arts events, and/or cultural exhibitions.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. identify and summarize the distinguishing characteristics of major aesthetic movements in literature, visual arts, music and performing arts.
  2. explain the relationship between art, social organization and political institutions in both Western and non-Western contexts.
  3. critique major literary and philosophical texts applying basic literary terminologies and theories.
  4. distinguish and analyze aspects of inter-textuality such as motifs, tropes and genres in literary and philosophical discourse.
  5. identify the major myths, legends, figures and attitudes that provide the basis for literature, literary allusions, art, and philosophical attitudes of both Western and non-Western civilizations.
F.apply critical approaches to the analysis of various modes of cultural production in relation to the political, economic, social, and religious context of the time.
  • analyze cultural production as both instruments of social control and ideological change.
  • compare the development of both Western and non-Western civilizations to the aesthetic developments in other world cultures.
  • Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
    LCD Projector.

    Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
    1. The Earliest Civilizations
      1. Urban revolutions and the culture of Mesopotamia and Egypt.
    2. Greek Humanism
      1. Hellenic self-confidence as expressed in their literature, art and religion.
    3. Judeo-Christian Root
      1. Cultural and ethical revolution underlying the Hebrew Scripture, the New Testament, and the Qur'an
    4. Culture of West Africa
      1. Origins of mankind
      2. Great kingdoms of Ghana and Benin
      3. Cultural continuities such as oral tradition and the communal arts
    5. Medieval Culture
      1. Dramatic contrasts underlying medieval experiences
      2. Attempts at synthesis found in Scholasticism
      3. Gothic architecture and Dante
    6. Early Civilizations of China and India
      1. Basic similarities and differences with contemporary European society as found in the culture and daily customs
      2. Cultural and ethical ideas underlying Buddhism and Hinduism
    Methods of Evaluation -
    1. Two or three objective/subjective mid-term exams.
    2. Three or more one-page response papers
    3. One term paper.
    4. Final examination.
    Representative Text(s) -
    Sayre, Henry M. Discovering the Humanities, Prentice Hall, 2008.
    Bishop, Philip E. Literature for Adventures in the Human Spirit. Vol I, Prentice Hall 1995.

    Disciplines -
    Method of Instruction -
    Lecture, Discussion.
    Lab Content -
    Not applicable.
    Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
    Example of Response Paper:
    In a one-page paper, explain how the major ideas and values of classical Greece are expressed in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and the Parthenon.