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Effective: Winter 2013

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Honors Institute participant.
Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in HUMN 34 or 34H.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Students will be able to critically reflect upon the central question raised in the course.
  • Students will be able to contrast two perspectives reflecting upon the central question explored in the course.
Description -
A seminar in directed readings, discussions, and projects in humanities. Specific topics to be determined by the instructor.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. analyze the topic in a skillful and thorough manner.
  2. discuss the topic critically with instructor and other students.
  3. explain the importance of the topic to the discipline
  4. use new vocabulary relevant to the topic.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
No special facility or equipment needed.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Readings, discussion, and critical analysis of the various topics.
  2. Use of primary, secondary texts,artworks and films as appropriate.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Class participation
  2. Three or more one-page response papers
  3. One term paper
Representative Text(s) -
Excerpts from the following:
Auslander, Shalom, Hope: A Tragedy<.u>. New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 2012.
Jacobs, Janet, Memorializing the Holocaust. New York, NY: I.B Tauris, 2010.
Kaplan, Brett Ashley, Unwanted Beauty Aesthetic Pleasure in Holocaust Representation. Urbana/Chigago, IL: University if Illinois Press, 2007.
Apitz, Bruno, Naked Among Wolves. Berlin, Germany: Seven Seas Publishers, 1959.
Jurek Backer: Jakob, the Liar. New York, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975.
Weiss, Peter, The Investigation, Woodstock, IL: The Dramatic Publishing Company, 1966.
Spiegelman, Art, Maus: A Survivor's Tale: Part I, My Father Bleeds History, Part II, Here My Troubles Began. New York, NY: Pantheon Books, 1985.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Lecture and 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.