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Effective: Fall 2012

Advisory: Advisory: One of the following: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T or ESLL 26 strongly recommended.
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)

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Description -
An interdisciplinary survey of the some of the cultural aspects of major civilizations from the Italian Renaissance to the present day, and their influence upon 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 Renaissance--The Re-Birth Of Humanist Culture With Special Reference To Florence in twelfth century, and the multi-talented individual it produced.
    2. The Mexican Heritage--Meso-American History Before Columbus, The Artistic and scientific accomplishments of the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. Survival and continuity after the Spanish Conquest.
    3. The Age Of Absolutism--The Establishment Of Centralized European Monarchies, with special focus on Louis XIV and the culture of Versailles. Baroque music.
    4. Revolution And Romanticism--The Outbreak Of Emotionalism And individualism in the generations following the French Revolution. "Romantic Heroes" such as Napoleon, Byron and Beethoven will be emphasized.
    5. Industrialism--An Examination Of Some Of The Cultural Consequences Of The Industrial Revolution: the ambiguities of "Progress," the growth of Feminism and Class conflicts, Social Criticism in the arts.
    6. Contemporary Pluralism--A Sampling Of The Ethnic, Sexual And Cultural diversity of contemporary society.
    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 II, 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:
    Francisco Goya, The Sleep of Reason Brings Forth Monsters
    Turn to the etching on page 346 in our textbook by Francisco Goya. The original caption of the artwork reads:
    "Imagination abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters; united with her, she is the mother of the arts and the source of their wonders."
    Based upon your understanding of the Enlightenment and Romanticism, how do you interpret this caption? How do the image and the caption reflect upon the critique that Romantic artists directed at the Enlightenment?
    Think of your audience for this posting as students new to the subject. Use other art works covered in the lecture or in the textbook (literature, music, painting, etc.) to illustrate or support your argument.