Students will be encouraged to think critically and consider multiple possible interpretations of the humanities. Students will understand that in order for an alternate concept to be explored, it does not have to be agreed with or endorsed, but merely acknowledged. Students will recognize their own individual cultural lens, to simultaneously value their inherited perspective while finding meaningful interpretations in other’s viewpoints.
Upon successful completion students will be able to:
- Make cross cultural connections and to see world events in historical and cultural context. This approach will enhance the factual knowledge the student will attain from exploring time period specific literature which will include drama, poetry, fiction and nonfiction; the arts, encompassing visual arts, performing arts, music and architecture.
- Explore and research new concepts, ideas and ideologies. These ideologies will not be exclusively Western – centric, with at least 5 to 10% of the material to come from non-Western cultures. This will enable students to have a greater understanding of the diversity that exists in the world and will facilitate a new respect for such.
- Think critically about the material presented, and will be assisted with critical thinking questions throughout the course material to assist and facilitate an academic perspective vs. a socio-centric approach which encourages a non-active method to problem solving.
- View multiple possible outcomes or interpretations. They will understand that in order for an alternate concept to be explored, it does not have to be agreed with or endorsed, but merely acknowledged.
- Understand and acknowledge their individual cultural lens, while simultaneously valuing their inherited perspective and finding meaningful interpretations in a myriad of alternate viewpoints.
- Become involved with a variety of humanities texts and related multimedia. They will engage with historical accounts and information, poetry, drama, prose, documentaries, music and art. They will develop the skills necessary to understanding and interpreting the material and will be able to recognize the techniques specific to the work, enabling a categorization of genre, time period and matters of style.
- Produce Reflective Journals as part of their assignment requirements which will identify strengths and weaknesses in in thinking skills. Students will be encouraged to have an academic approach as opposed to a socio centric view which encourages a non-active method to problem solving.
- Intro to Course and Skills
- Beginnings / Origins
- Symbols and Conceptual Systems: The Flowering of World Religions
- Democracies Ancient and Modern
- Revolution and Reform
- The Process of Change
- Experimentation in the Arts
- The Modern World