Survey of Humanities I
Sec. 01, CRN 25138, 6:30-7:45 p. m. TR, M-122
Dr. Thomas Harrison
Fax (Humanities): 757-3624
Humanities office: 471-5792
Office: 11 a. m.-12 noon MWF
11 a. m.-1 p. m. TR
and by appointment
Text: Fiero, The Humanistic Tradition. Vol. I. 4th ed.
Objectives: Increased awareness of the development of the humanities in the culture of the West. Particular emphasis on the continuities linking the cultures of the Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance worlds to our own, with attention to how non-western cultures have influenced ours as well.
Assessment: Demonstration on essay midterm and final examinations and in out-of-class papers of the continuities of cultural traditions.
Formal Requirements: Three papers, midterm and final examinations. Papers will focus on each of the three historical areas of the course: the ancient, the medieval, and the early modern worlds.
Attendance: Class attendance and participation are expected. 80% attendance is required for successful completion of the course regardless of circumstances.
Grading: Tests will be graded on a hundred-point scale. Papers will receive letter grades. All work, including participation, will count toward the final grade for the course. Each component, paper or test, will count about 20%, and participation will decide borderline grades.
Week 1 Prehistory: The First 95,000 Years.
2 Ancient Religion, Ancient Society.
Epic of Gilgamesh
3 Pre-Classical and Classical Greece
Art: The Classical Ideal
4 Classical Thought
5. Antigone, Pre-Socratics, Plato and Aristotle
6 Virgil and The Aeneid
7 Paper and Midterm
8 Ancient World to Middle Ages, the rise of Christianity, the rise of Islam
9 Germanic tribes, Beowulf
10 From The Song of Roland
Music: Vibrations and Pagan Rites
11 Art: A White Garment of Churches
Music: The First Secular Music
13 The Black Death
Art: The Early Renaissance
Music: The Renaissance
14 The Prince
15 Art: High Renaissance
Music: The Golden Age
Final Exam Thursday, April 29, 6-8 p. m.
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