Please click the link to see my syllabus for Summer 2015 Humanities 01
Required assignments and readings:
Click here (opens a new window) for the list of the 4 themes that we will use throughout the semester in order to approach the cultures that we will study. (Don't worry it says Hum 30.)
Click here (opens a new window) for the list of Joseph Campbell's ideas regarding 4 ways that myths function in various cultures.
Click here (opens a new window) for some idea of what I am looking for in the "short write" assignments.
The files above will remain here for you to use as reference throughout the semester. From time to time, I may add or take away other files that I referenced in class.
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Read "The Teachings of Islam" and "The Goodman of Paris"-
both of which can be found in our reader. Thanks.
MIDTERM: (due Tuesday, July 7th)
I've created a list of suggestions that you can choose from. To see them, click here.
Don't worry, I'll go over these in class. Just putting it up now for reference.
I have also added a few new suggestions that are related but more specific
than the ones posted above:
6) Choose one of these plays by Shakespeare that is about Ancient Greece or Rome:
Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Timon of Athens, Antony and Cleopatra. Tell me
how Shakespeare uses the values and ideas from the Greeks/Romans to help
define his own culture (16th century England). Based on your research,
also explain how it relates to 1 of the 4 themes that we explore in our class.
7) Choose 2 paintings by only 1 of the following artists: Albrecht Durer, Caravaggio,
Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, Sandro Botticelli, or Francisco Goya.
Based on your research, explain what you believe the painting is about and
how it relates to 1 of the 4 themes that we explore in our class. Do this for
each painting by the one artist you have chosen.
I have uploaded a page of Midterm guidelines which may help you
as well. You can read it by clicking here.
For Monday (June 29th):
Please read the following for discussion on Monday. It will help
you answer the short write that is due Tuesday. To read it click HERE.
(You should be able to see the notes I made on the
reading once you download and view it in Adobe Reader.)
I will go over the prompt for this short write (#3)
in class on Monday.
Short Write #3 - due Tuesday.
A) Name one reason why you think the Romans
viewed Christianity as a threat. Explain in detail
why the Romans found Christians so threatening.
Do you agree or disagree with their point of view
at that time? Why or why not?
B) Also, give me YOUR detailed definition of a 'cult'
(DO NOT give me something from dictionary.com, etc.).
What makes a cult different than a religion?
Give me an example of one cult that you think exists today
and tell me why you think it is one.
2 pgs. typed/stapled and double-spaced.
To see the video we saw in class today, on the
conversion of the Roman Empire to a Christian
Roman Empire click the link below:
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Read the excerpts from the plays "Antigone" and "Lysistrata"
in our reader. Please make notes on things you may not get,
or parts that seemed relevant to anything we talked about
in class about Ancient Greece. We will discuss them on Monday.
We will also discuss Plato's dialogue Phaedo. (It's not in our reader.)
New date for when the short write is due!
For WEDNESDAY- Short Write on Plato: Republic / Allegory of the Cave
Finish reading Plato and complete the 2-part short
write based “Republic” in our Reader
[typed, double (or single) spaced, 2 pgs. -
and a little more if you would like but not necessary.]
In our reading from Republic (and also in Phaedo)
Plato talks about men having souls: he
gives various reasons. Please choose quotes from the
reading and then explain them in your own words.
This is a 2 part short write prompt:
1. In “Republic” explain in your words how you
understand what role the soul plays in allowing
man to leave the “cave”- within the Allegory of
the Cave (Republic). Place yourself within Plato's
own time and pretend you are there with him.
Remember, this is a pre-Christian world, so try
to not use reasoning from a later era if you can.
2. Choose one example from your own life,
and relate it to how you understand Plato's theory.
Tell me whether you agree or disagree with
Plato's idea. Has there been a point in your
life where something has happened that
changed you, and prevented you from ever being
the person that you once were before?
Also, please make sure you have read the Daily Life of Ancient Greece.
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Please read "The Other Pyramids" article in your reader.
Also read the first part of the Ancient Greece background reading
(Ch. 29) up to the Athenian Drama Festival "Theater of Dionysus" section.
Short Write #1 (due Wed. June 17th)
Your Favorite Film
It will need to be 1-2 pages, typed- double (or single) spaced.
Tell me what your favorite film is and also explain why
the film you've chosen is your favorite, based
on 1 of the 4 themes of our class (see above). Remember,
don't give me a straight plot summary- use certain
scenes from the film to explain your understanding
of one of the four themes that you've chosen to write on.