Dec 01, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HU 100 - Contemporary Issues in the Humanities

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course introduces students to selected contemporary issues in the humanities. At the same time, this course introduces students to approaches for interpreting and synthesizing the contexts surrounding these issues and for making personal connections between the issues and their own personal experiences, beliefs, and values. Students will be acquainted with contemporary issues through a variety of media, including film, slides, readings, and participation in a fine arts experience. (prereq: None) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Become aware of selected contemporary issues in the humanities
  • Interpret these contemporary issues by examining and analyzing the contexts surrounding them
  • Understand and appreciate opposing viewpoints
  • Interpret personal experience through attendance of a fine arts exhibit or performance
  • Make connections between synthesis of contemporary issues and one’s own personal experiences, beliefs, and values
  • Understand how knowledge in the humanities is derived

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Introduction to the disciplines of the humanities (3 classes)
  • Lecture on rhetorical concepts and the role of synthesis as a meaning-making tool in the humanities (1 class)
  • Lecture on art terms (1 class)
  • Tour of the Grohmann Museum (1 class)
  • Student analysis and discussion of art (2 classes)
  • Lectures and classroom activities/discussions, film viewing, and occasionally field trips exploring subject materials related to selected contemporary issues from a humanities perspective (9 classes)
  • Class analysis and interpretation of assigned readings from course texts (9 classes)
  • Research methods in the humanities (2 classes)
  • Lecture on writing about humanities topics (1 class)
  • Midterm exam (1 class)

Patrick Jung

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