- Course Number:
- HUM 201
- Course Title:
- Humanities & Technology: Exploring Origins
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Introduces concepts and approaches used in study of humanistic disciplines and surveys visions and perspectives that our culture has inherited from literature, philosophy, theology, visual arts, music, history, and mythology of Western and non-Western traditions. Focuses on selected historical periods and themes. Demonstrates quest for knowledge as a synthetic activity, relating various disciplines, traditions, and historical periods to each other. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
In searching for the origins of technology", students may examine Islamic, Meso-American, East Asian, or European societies. In Europe, for example, students might study the Renaissance and Romantic periods, looking at both mainstream and Other concepts of self, deity, nature and the relationship between these and the development of tools, changes in concepts of labor, development of cities, and how these relationships were seen and expressed. Course may focus on particular themes such as "War," "Urban Evolution," or "Man and/or Woman and Nature," but within these," the overall theme will be the interaction of these early societies and technology. Students will begin to understand how our contemporary values and views of technology represent a confluence of many traditions.
Intended Outcomes for the course
After successful completion of HUM 201 students will be able to:
- Use critical thinking to analyze and evaluate aspects of technology and how it affects peoples", societies and nations, in different geographic areas and time periods.
- Comprehend how the values", assumptions, and other cultural attributes of individuals and groups are expressed in technological developments.
- Demonstrate college-level communication skills by speaking", listening and writing clearly about technology and early civilizations.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
The SAC expects that instructors will assess student learning throughout the term using a variety of methods. The SAC encourages instructors to consider the following in determining the achievement of course outcomes:
Midterm and /or final exam
Examine and discuss a musical", literary or visual art and support views in writing.
Describe the value of a creative work from a historical perspective.
Working collaboratively in large and small groups
Capstone project on the influence of technology", for example on music or painting
Research paper on the impact of technology", for example on the role of womenin various cultures
Assess how technology has affected civilizations over time.
Analyze primary and secondary sources of information
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Competencies and Skills:
Critical and creative thinking
Connect past and present events
Work collaboratively with others
Clearly articulate thoughts orally and in writing
Close examination of primary and secondary sources
interaction of technology and society
The role of women
Cultural continuity and change
Political and economic developments
Developments in literature", art and music
Religions and philosophies
Changes in the concept of labor
War and Peace", conflict and cooperation
technologys affect on societal values
impact of technology on urban development
nature and the development and use of tools
relationship between societies and mechanistic devices