Hum 2: Final - Default Topics
The final (paper or presentation) will be due at the beginning of class:
Thursday, June 4th- 12:30 pm
Remember: you can choose to do a presentation
or a final paper. You do not have to do both. If
you are doing a presentation, you only need to
provide a 1 page summary of your presentation
(including your works cited) on the paper you
are turning in instead. You may keep all of your
Here is a quick review of what I am looking for:
I would like you to compare and contrast
works of art (could be works of architecture,
literature, painting, sculpture, etc.) from
2 early civilizations that we have studied
this semester- ones before Jesus was born.
We have discussed societies from East &
West Africa, Central & South America,
as well as ancient societies in the Far East.
However, one of the two does not have to be
one that we have covered in our class- just
in case you might be interested in something that
we haven't touched on.
Also, please relate your understanding of
the works of art in this paper to one
of the 4 themes of this class or to
one of the 4 uses of myth mentioned
by Joseph Campbell.
One example might be a paper which compares
and contrasts one temple from Ancient Sudan +
one temple from Ancient Mayan culture +
1 theme from the 4 humanities themes used in
our class (Man's relationship to his community)
If you are stuck, then I have 3 default options
to choose from. Choose only 1 from these:
Compare / contrast a music/dance. Choose one
of the ancient cultures we have studied and
discuss the role that music and dance played
in that ancient culture. Also, find a modern
music/dance style that you believe incorporates
those ancient roots. Compare/contrast- do
they still function the same way? Why or why
not? If they are used differently today, then
please explain how and why?
A paper based on watching the film "Black Orpheus"
Orfeu Negro / Black Orpheus (1959)
Check Netflix, iTunes, LA Library or perhaps
Explore the aspects of Carnival and how it defines
Brazilian (and/or Latin American) culture as it detailed in the film.
Make sure to note if you see any sculpture, dance,
music, etc. that we've studied this semester in the film.
Relate the overall message of the film to that
of the Ancient Greek myth of Orpheus upon which
the film is based.
Choose 1 example from Ancient Chinese culture-
it can be a sculpture, a building, a wall painting,
written work (poetry, epic), etc. and compare / contrast
it to a similar example from an earlier culture that we
have studied. You can also choose an ancient culture that
we have not studied that might a contemporary of
Ancient China. This part should be about 3 pages.
Then choose your favorite example of something similar
that exists in our Modern world. Compare / contrast by
showing how the modern example you have chosen might
have its roots in Ancient China. This should be
about 1 page, bringing the total to 4 pages.
What I am looking for is a thread from the past through
to today. Also, make sure that you also include how
1 of the 4 themes of our class, or 1 of Campbell's
uses of myth, is revealed in your choice.
Again, I would like at least 3 sources used from
academic sites (journals, books, articles) and none
of them can be Wikipedia. Please include a Works
Cited section at the end of your paper.
Note: One source must be the textbook. And I would like
you to quote, comment on, and cite one passage from our
textbook that is relevant to the topic that you have
chosen. I will clarify this in class.
Example: The Terracotta warriors from Ancient China
compared / contrasted with the Olmec heads from
Ancient Mesoamerica. What do they say about the
religious views of each society? What do other
academic writings say about it- do you
agree or disagree? Why?
Now choose a statue from our modern era. What does that
artwork say about the role of religion in our society?
Compare those ideas to the ancient cultures you just wrote
on. Are they the same or different? How?
Reminder: This is just an example. Please don't feel you have
to write on statues- or that I only want papers on statues,
or give better grades because it's on statues. Do what you're
interested in, and I believe that I'll be just as interested in
your subject as you are.
REMINDER: Choose only one. All of the above must be:
4 pages- typed, double-spaced.
3 sources (none can be wikipedia) and
they have to be academic published sources
(the web is all right, but someone's random
blog is not). Please include a list of works cited.
Also, one of your sources must be the textbook. And I would like
you to quote, comment on, and cite one passage from
our textbook that is relevant to the topic that you
have chosen. I will clarify this in class.
Hope this helps clear up some questions you may have.