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Fall 2012

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HUM220 - Western Humanities 1
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Searches for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization, from the beginnings to 1600. The course provides a narrative history of the designated period. Writing-intensive. Summer only. Prerequisite: ENG 102 or ENG 105.

Lecture: 4 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course,

1. given a list of Western and non-Western names of various significance, students will
be able to demonstrate foundational knowledge by identifying significant Western thinkers, and by articulating, in short-answers or paragraphs, their contributions to ongoing intellectual debate about moral, social, and political alternatives;

2.given a list of moral, social, and political concepts (e.g. polytheism, monotheism,
humanism, Gnosticism, agnosticism, mysticism, democracy, tyranny, oligarchy, theocracy, monarchy), students will be able to demonstrate foundational knowledge by identifying major trends and movements in that list pertinent to moral, social and political issues of the time under study, and by articulating, via short-answers as well as definitional paragraphs, the essence of those concepts.

3.choosing from an expansive list of the Western intellectual tradition's moral, social, and
political arguments, students will engage in some of those arguments by taking the arguments' positions and applying them to a representative document, text, or object through the writing of paragraphs or sections of essays;

4.presented with a variety of moral, social, and political arguments relevant to the
Western periods under study, students will evaluate the logic of those arguments, and contextualize them historically, culturally, and personally by writing brief essays or exam essays;

5.presented with a variety of moral, social and political issues, students will examine
the issues through an integrated application of interdisciplinary perspectives and methodologies relevant to their own courses of study and to the fields represented in the by writing paragraphs, or brief essays;

6.*choosing a set of issues in the readings and discussion, students will synthesize those
issues by writing a 1500-word sustained essay employing analytical, interpretive, and evaluative methods of discourse analysis.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.

Content Outline:
I. Introduction, and Gilgamesh
II. Homeric Tradition and Antigone
III. Greeks' study of history
IV. Thucydides
V. Greek Philosophy and Plato
VI. Judaism and the Chosen People
VII. The Covenant and the Law
VIII. The Prophets
IX. The Roman Empire and Virgil
X. Christianity and Gospels
XI. Augustine
XII. Medieval World View and Dante
XIII. Renaissance and Machiavelli
XIV. Shakespeare

Effective Term: Summer 2006