Humanities 1301: Introduction to the Humanities Professor: Linda Graham Office Phone Number: 713 522-3021 (if you call, please speak slowly and distinctly in leaving your
message with a phone number that you also leave slowly and distinctly for me to return your call. Let me
know what class you are in, as I teach History and Humanities. Thank you.)
HUMA 1301 CRN: 72263
Learning Web: http://learning.hccs.edu/faculty/linda.graham Office Hours: Online Sun. 7:30-10 p.m., Mon. 9-11 p.m., Tues-Wed. 7:30-10 p.m., Thurs. 10-11 p.m. and throughout the day. Please, feel free to contact me concerning any problems that you are experience in our course. Your performance in my class is very important to me. I am available to hear your concerns and to discuss course topics. Feel free to contact me during these hours. You do not need to wait until you receive a poor grade to contact me. CATALOG DESCRIPTION:
HUMA 1301 Introduction to Humanities I
Course Description: An introduction to the arts and humanities. The course investigates the
relationship between individual human lives and works of imagination and thought. Core
Course Semester: Credit: 3 (3 lecture)
Prerequisites: ENGL 1301
Must be placed into college-level reading (or take GUST 0342 as a co-requisite) and
Be placed into college-level writing (or take ENGL 0310/0349 as a co-requisite).
Humanities 1301 may be taken to fulfill the core curriculum requirement for 3 semester hours in
Given the rapid evolution of necessary knowledge and skills and the need to take into account
global, national, state, and local cultures, the core curriculum must ensure that students will
develop the essential knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, in a career, in
their communities, and in life. Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a
foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop
principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance
intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning.
Program Learning Outcomes: PSLO 1 Recognize a variety of works in the arts and humanities
PSLO 2 Evaluate how those works express individual and human values within a historical and
PSLO 3 Develop an informed subjective response to works in the arts and humanities
PSLO 4 Critique works in the arts and humanities using systematic methods
Course Student Learning Outcomes: 1. Describe representative themes and developments in the humanities
2. Interpret representative terms, works, figures and artists in philosophy, literature and the visual
and performing arts
3. Compare and contrast representative terms, works, figures and artists in philosophy, literature
and the visual and performing arts
4. Evaluate cultural creations in the humanities
Learning Objectives: Describe representative themes and developments in the humanities
1. Complete and comprehend reading and viewing assignments Develop the ability to make
aesthetic judgments Express clearly and support convincingly an interpretation or analysis of a literary,
philosophical, or visual/performing artwork
Interpret representative terms, works, figures and artists in philosophy, literature and the
visual and performing arts 1. Participate in small group and/or class discussions in which assigned works are analyzed and
interpreted. Explain and illustrate stylistic characteristics of artists and writers included in the course
Compare and contrast representative terms, works, figures and artists in philosophy,
literature and the visual and performing arts 1. Explore similarities and differences among artists and works studied.
Evaluate cultural creations in the humanities 1. Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments Integrate knowledge and understanding of the
interrelationship of the scholarly disciplines.
From Core Curriculum Proposal: The four Core Objectives of critical thinking skills,
communication skills, teamwork, and social responsibility, are addressed by this course in a
variety of ways. For instance students have to analyze a variety of cultural artifacts and events in
the context of a specific culture and artistic period. Through an Artifact Project related to the
studied genres, they will be able to demonstrate competencies in the Core Components required.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities. 2. Articulate how these works express the values of the individual and society within an
historical and social context.
3. Articulate an informed personal response and critically analyze works in the arts and humanities.
4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the influence of literature, philosophy, and the arts on cultural experiences.
5. Demonstrate an awareness of the creative process and why humans create.
Students focus on the connections between their own lives, ideas and values as expressed in works of
human imagination and thought. Through inquiry into selected literature, philosophy, as well as the visual
and performing arts, students will engage in critical thinking, form aesthetic judgments, and develop an
appreciation of the arts and humanities while learning about their pivotal role in the health and survival of
any society. Students will attend and respond to museum and gallery exhibitions and performances (live
theater and film). They will be introduced to readings in several genres from a variety of cultures.
Students will respond to the work they study in a variety of ways including: interaction with his peers
through discussions and formal written assignments responses.
COURSE GOAL To develop student thinking, seeing, reading, writing, and listening skills and expand student knowledge
of the human condition, as portrayed in works of the human imagination and intellect.
TEXTBOOKS Sayre, Henry. The Humanities: Culture, Continuity and Change, Vol. 1, Pearson, Prentice Hall
Students enrolled in this core curriculum course will complete assignments designed to cultivate
the following core objectives:
o Critical Thinking Skills (HUMA 1301 and HUMA 2319)to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
o Communication Skills (HUMA 1301 and HUMA 2319)to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual
o Personal Responsibility (HUMA 2319)to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making
o Teamwork (HUMA 1301)to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
o Social Responsibility (HUMA 1301 and HUMA 2319)to include intercultural
competency, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in
regional, national, and global communities
Humanities 1301 helps students attain the following:
1. Establish broad and multiple perspectives on individuals in relationship to the larger society and world
in which they live and understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified
2. Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of
life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society;
3. Develop personal values for ethical behavior;
4. Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments; and
5. Integrate knowledge and understanding of the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.
The Core Curriculum Statement:
The objective of the humanities and visual and performing arts in a core curriculum is to expand
students knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors,
ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines,
such as literature and the visual and performing arts, students will engage in critical analysis, form
aesthetic judgments, and develop an appreciation of the arts and humanities, as fundamental to the health
and survival of any society. Students should have experiences in both the arts and humanities.
The objective of the cross/multicultural component of the core curriculum is to introduce students to
areas of study, which enlarges their knowledge and appreciation of the multicultural and multiracial world
in which they live.
HUMANITIES 1301 - WEEKLY CALENDAR
Sept. 21: Classes begin
Nov. 9: Last Day for students to withdrawal by 4 p.m. HCCS time
Nov. 26/27: Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec. 7 : Final exams
Dec 14: grades available to students after noon
WEEK MATERIAL TO BE COVERED 1 Week of Sept. 21-26 Introduction to course: read Chapter 1 Rise of Culture: From Forest to Farm,
Chapter 2, - Ancient and Near,& Chapter 3, Stability of Ancient Egypt: Flood and Sun,
2 Week of Sept. 27- Oct. 3 Chapter 4 The Aegean World and the Rise of Greece: Trade War and
Victory, Chapter 5 The Golden Age of Athens and th