Jun 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

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GH 152GH - Introduction to Western Humanities (Modernity)

Credit(s): 4

This course offers an interdisciplinary survey of human creative achievements from Early Renaissance to Postmodernism. By examining major works of art, architecture, music, literature and philosophy, students will gain an awareness of human productivity and the historical contexts that provided its inspiration, as well as an enhanced appreciation of the rich cultural heritage that informs our own contemporary identity. (Spring Semester)

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
  • Discuss the Western humanistic tradition from the later Middle Ages through the twentieth century including works of literature, philosophy, art, architecture, and music.
  • Read literary and philosophical works of different times, places, genres, and categories with an understanding of the connections and debates between them.
  • Appreciate the influence of this tradition on one’s own ways of thinking and seeing.
  • Ask relevant questions about and write cogently about literary and philosophical texts.
  • Comprehend and appreciate the rich cultural heritage that informs our own present-day identity.

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