COURSE DESCRIPTION

OBJECTIVES

ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES

STANDARDS OF ACHIEVEMENT

LECTURE LINKS

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HUMANITIES I 

INTERSESSION 2004

King Menkaure (also known as Mycerinus) and his Queen (probably Kha-merer- nebty II). From Giza, Menkaure Temple; Dynasty 4, 2548-2530 B.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

A chronological interdisciplinary survey designed to strengthen the studentís fundamental grasp of human values through the study of humanityís ideas, discoveries, and creative achievements. Areas of consideration will include art, literature, and philosophy. This course begins with the pre-history of human beings and continues through the medieval period. No prerequisite.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

This course has two main objectives. The first is to introduce the student to the humanities through an in-depth examination of the influence of the classical and Judeo-Christian traditions on the modern West. The second is to improve the studentís ability to think critically, write clearly, and speak persuasively. Critical thinking about the past is essential to understanding the present.

By the end of the course, each student will demonstrate progress in the following course objectives:


ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES

The usual method of teaching will be through lectures and class discussions. Visual and audio resources will be used to supplement lectures. In addition to attending class, reading the required readings, and participating in class discussions, students are required to complete two exams, one film analysis paper, and five other writing assignments.

EXAMS:            The two exams are designed to measure studentsí knowledge of specific cultures and their mastery of certain periods of time.

PAPERS:            Students will complete one analysis paper, which will review a significant film. This paper will require the student to analyze a modern humanities topic of personal interest.

            The paper will be typed, double-spaced, with 1Ē margins. It should be 3 pages long. This is not meant to be a summary; it should critically analyze the work in question. Late work will be penalized 50% per day. All essays are due at the beginning of the class period. Further instructions will be provided in class.

            SRs:            Finally, students will submit five other writing assignments of various lengths. These will include: three source reports (SRs), 2 pages long, designed to demonstrate the studentís capacity to analyze primary source materials; and two in-class writing assignments, each one 1-2 pages long. Further information on these writing assignments and their due dates will be discussed in class.

STANDARDS OF ACHIEVEMENT

All student work will be judged according to the following academic criteria:

Every studentís final grade will be earned via the following:

Links- Source Report Materials

Plato's Apology:   

http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/apology.html I double-checked this one and it seems to work fine (at least for me), and it has the whole play. It should say "The End" at the bottom- if it does not say that, try clicking "Refresh" or clicking on the link again. 

http://eawc.evansville.edu/anthology/apology.htm Here's another one to try, just in case.

Sophocles' Antigone:     

Antigone  This one is missing the last 100 lines or so, which is bad. You may miss much of the point if you don't get those last lines, so you need to get those too.

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Aegean/4979/antigone.html  This one has the whole play, but it may be a bit more difficult to read. Either way, make sure you read the whole thing.

Aristophanes' Clouds    The Clouds

The Book of Job    http://www.hope.edu/academic/religion/bandstra/BIBLE/JOB/JOB1.HTM

The Gospel of Mark    http://www.hope.edu/academic/religion/bandstra/BIBLE/MAR/MAR1.HTM

Ecclesiastes    http://www.hope.edu/academic/religion/bandstra/BIBLE/ECC/ECC1.HTM

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales    http://www.litrix.com/canterby/cante001.htm

 

COURSE SCHEDULE

LECTURE LINKS

To access a lecture on-line, click on one of the links below. These lectures differ slightly from what we view in class (I have made some changes since these were placed online), but they are roughly equivalent. They cover much of the same material and will serve for review and study purposes. Let me know if you have any questions about the material presented here.

Monday, May 10         INTRODUCTION AND THE DAWN OF CULTURE

                                    Introduction to the Course

                                    Ch. 1: The Beginnings of Civilization

                                    Lecture #1 OL 

                                    Lecture #2 OL    Lecture #3 OL  Lecture #4 OL    Lecture #5 OL 

Tuesday, May 11         THE RISE OF GREECE

                                    Ch. 2: Early Greece

                                    Discuss Readings : Homer, Sappho

                                    Lecture #6 OL    Lecture #7 OL

Wednesday, May 12    GREEK TRAGEDY AND PHILOSOPHY

                                    Ch. 3: Classical Greece

                                    Discuss Readings : Sophocles

                                    Break

                                    Discuss Readings : Plato, Aristotle

                                    Lecture #8 OL (Classical Greece) 

Thursday, May 13        THE ROMAN WORLD

                                    Greek Source Report Due (2 pages)

                                    Ch. 4: The Roman Legacy

                                    Discuss Readings : Vergil, Horace, Marcus Aurelius

                                    Break

                                    Exam Review

                                    Lecture #9 OL (Rome)

Friday, May 14            MIDTERM EXAM

                                    Midterm Exam

                                    Break

                                    Ch. 5: India and China

 

Monday, May 17         JUDAISM AND EARLY CHRISTIANITY

                                    Film Analysis Paper Due (3 pages)

                                    Ch. 6: Judaism and Early Christianity

                                    Discuss Readings : Selections from the Hebrew Bible (p. 217-223)

                                    Break

                                    Discuss Readings : Selections from the New Testament, Justin (p. 223-228)

                                    Lecture # 10 OL (Judaism)   Lecture #11 OL (Early Christianity)

Tuesday, May 18         THE DECLINE AND FALL...

                                    Second Source Report Due

                                    Ch. 7: Byzantium

                                    Discuss Readings : Augustine

                                    Break

                                    Ch. 8: Islam

                                    Discuss Readings : Qurían, Rabia, Rumi

Wednesday, May 19    CHARLEMAGNE AND THE HIGH MIDDLE AGES

                                    Ch. 9: Charlemagne

                                    Discuss Readings : Hildegard, Bertilla, Roland

                                    Break

                                    Ch. 10: High Middle Ages

                                    Discuss Readings : Francis, Aquinas, Dante

Thursday, May 20        THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY

                                    Third Source Report Due (2 pages)

                                    Ch. 11: The Fourteenth Century

                                    Discuss Readings : Boccaccio, Chaucer, Pisan

Friday, May 21            CONCLUSION

                                    Final Exam

This schedule is subject to change as needed.

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