HUMN 2: CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS & IDEAS: OF EMPIRES & CONFLICT
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Effective Term:||Summer 2021|
|Hours:||4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)|
|Advisory:||One of the following: ENGL 1A, 1AH, or 1S & 1T; not open to students with credit in HUMN 1B.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Foothill GE:||Area I: Humanities|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
Student Learning Outcomes
- Define the cultural significance of the Islamic Golden Age apart from its significance to science.
- Analyze how certain religious values return in the artistic expressions of the Middle Ages.
- Synthesize critical thinking, imaginative, cooperative and empathetic abilities as whole persons in order to contextualize knowledge and make meaning.
The student will be able to:
A. engage in critical, creative, and independent thinking.
B. stimulate curiosity about intellectual and artistic life.
C. broaden perspectives on the diversity and dilemmas of human experience and knowledge.
D. apply critical approaches to the analysis of various modes of cultural production in relation to the political, economic, social, and religious context of the time.
E. explain the relationship between art, social organization and political institutions in both Western and non-Western contexts.
F. use diverse historical periods and cultural traditions as a framework for a more complex understanding of the contemporary world.
G. analyze cultural production as both instruments of social control and ideological change.
H. develop the habit of learning and responding to new ideas and challenges.
I. think through moral and ethical problems and to examine one's own assumptions.
J. improve both oral and written communication, especially through critical reading and analysis.
A. India and China's empires
1. Pala Empire
2. The Mongol Empire
3. Song and Ming Dynasty
1. Muromachi period
C. Societies and empires in Africa
5. Kingdom of Ghana
6. Kingdom of Mali
7. Kingdom of Benin
8. Almoravid Empire
D. Culture, people and empires in the Americas
1. The Anasazi
2. The Olmecs
3. Mayan civilization
4. Aztec and Inca civilization
E. Islamic Golden Age
F. European Medieval culture
2. Gothic architecture
3. The Crusades
4. Dante and the birth of world literature
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
Three or four objective/subjective mid-term exams
Three or more one-page response papers
One term paper
Method(s) of Instruction
Cooperative learning exercises
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Fiero, Gloria K.. The Humanistic Tradition, Book 2, 7th ed.. 2015.
Although this text is older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, it remains a seminal text in this area of study.
Excerpts from primary texts, such as:
Quetzalcoatl: The Feathered Serpent
Huitzilopochtli: The God of sun and War
The Book of One Thousand and One Nights
Ibn al-Nafis, Theologus Autodidactus
Otogizoshi (illustrated short stories)
Analects of Confucius
Confucius, The Great Learning
The Journey to the West
Song of Roland
Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy
Note: The texts listed above are classics that are no longer under copyright protection and thus freely available on the internet, in various anthologies and countless editions.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Reading textbook and other material, including web: 30 pages a week
B. Continuous essay questions relating to the SLOs: 25-30 pages of writing per quarter