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Introduction to Humanities

20th & 21st Century Humanities 

Introduction to Humanities Course Schedule:

The 16-week course moves at a slower pace, usually spending several weeks on one module, whereas the 8-week course covers one module in its entirety per week. 

Module One: Orientation

Introduces students to the Humanities Department, discusses their learning styles, and reads and analyzes a Primary Source. 

Module Two: Ancient Civilizations

African Empires: Africa opens with a look at how they formed all of humanity. Students examine the ancient Antiquities civilizations through the art, policies, and social structure that characterized their culture.
Greek and Roman cultures: The Greeks and the Romans open with a look at how they formed their society and see if we can learn about their culture via their successes and failures. 
Abrahamic Religion:
 Students spent the first few weeks reading through the Ancient World's basics and its impact on humanity. Now, students will survey humanity's religious history and evaluate the impact it had on modern-day civilizations. Students will research specific religious questions, which they will turn in at the end of the week online. During our second session of the class, students will conduct an exploration interview on a student. 

Module Three: Middle Ages

The Middle Ages: Understanding why religion plays a central role in our lives is the focus of this week's reading. Atheist, Agnostic, or believer, we are all affected by the spiritual side of nature. This week's task is to uncover the role of religion within society and how we connect to it. Further, how did Christianity race to the front of the line and dominate the world for thousands of years?

The Renaissance and Baroque: The gentlemen, and rarely mentioned women, of the Renaissance were historically curious about the world. They worked tirelessly to restore ancient manuscripts, often "devoting their entire lives to the recovery, copying, and editing of Latin & Greek manuscripts" to preserve and convert them to their former glory. Scholars credit Persian Philosopher Avicenna with the sole preservation of over half of Aristotle's manuscripts on medicine, science, biology, logic, and rhetoric. The Renaissance was a wild exploration outside Catholicism's gripes and into the world of nature and the human experience. This week involves a journey through the unrestrained and unhedged nature of humanity. 

The Rise of Reason: This week, students explored the critical thinking skill of Persuasive Expression, which is one of the most complex skills of critical thinking - express yourself intelligently but forcefully! This week students will design an oral presentation in the manner of Science & Reason over emotions & passions. Along with the oral presentation, students will submit a written version of their speech. The Age of Enlightenment is an exciting time when humanity refused to live on Blind Faith alone and questioned EVERYTHING!

Module Four: Modernity and Postmodernism

Age of Romanticism: The Age of Romanticism reflected on history when a few key moments completely changed the face of human history. For example, the acceptance of Christianity as the dominant religion changed the face of Rome and Western Civilization. Then, the emergence of Reason destroyed the authority of Christianity. Now, we've come to the final age that transformed the world as we know it, and you, yourself, are a direct product of that Age of Romanticism.

Fin De Siecle: The Renaissance brought us rebirth and progress, but with that progress comes deep reflection, sorrow, and confusion. As we survey the last few decades of our history, in terms of the human experience, we begin our look at the Age of Materialism and Modernism and all the sorrow that it brings human reflection.

Metanoia Era: If the late 1800s/early 1900s were a person, they'd be a rebellious teenager! The ideas and events coming out of the Age of Modernism have been deemed an all-out assault on all conservative and traditional values, norms, and beliefs. This week you will read about the start of your modern history and the bricks that laid the foundation for your thought formation. As we survey the last few decades of our history, in terms of the human experience, we begin our look at the Age of Materialism and Modernism and all the sorrow that it brings human reflection.