SRJC Course Outlines

2/20/2024 6:35:23 PMHUMAN 4.1 Course Outline as of Fall 1998

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  HUMAN 4.1Title:  WESTERN CULTURE  
Full Title:  Western Culture: Arts, Ideas, and Values
Last Reviewed:1/27/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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An interdisciplinary approach to the study of the arts, ideas, and values of Western culture.  The course will focus on the visual arts, drama, music, literature, philosophy and religion within a cultural context.  The course will cover ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An interdisciplinary approach to the study of Western Culture from the Ancient World through the Renaissance.
(Grade or P/NP)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1998
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1998
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1998
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1998Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1998Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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In this course, the student will demonstrate that he or she can:
1.    Identify the major artists, writers, and thinkers of this period of
     Western culture.
2.    Demonstrate a grasp of the chronological development of Western
3.    Analyze representative works of visual arts, drama, music,
     literature, philosophy, and religion.
4.    Compare and contrast the style of works of successive periods of
     Western culture.
5.    Examine their own ideas, values, and beliefs and determine how these
     relate to the heritage of Western culture.
6.    Integrate ideas, patterns, and information from two or more
7.    Demonstrate in writing the ability to analyze, compare and contrast,
     to weigh philosophical arguments, to examine values, and to
     integrate materials from several disciplines.

Topics and Scope
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1.    The course will focus on the arts, ideas, and values of Western
2.    The course will use representative primary texts, including primary
     works of literature, visual arts, music, drama, film, and/or
3.    The course will proceed chronologically or thematically and will
     encompass Western Culture from approximately 2,000 B.C. to 1600
     A.D., including the cultural eras of ancient Mesopotamia, ancient
     Egypt, ancient Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.
4.    The course will focus on works of enduring significance in Western
     Culture and on the legacy or heritage of Western culture in todays
5.    Representative Primary works:
     Epic.  Representative examples of the epic form, such as Homer's
     Iliad or Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid, or Beowulf.
     Literature:  Representative examples literature such as Apuleius The
     Golden Ass, Arthurian romances, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, or
     Boccaccio's Decameron.
     Poetry.  Representative examples of Greek and Roman lyric poetry,
     Medieval Lyric Poetry, The Song of Roland, Dante's The Divine
     Comedy, or Petrarchs lyrics.
     Religious works/mythology.  Representative examples of Greek and
     Roman myths, passages from the Bible or the Koran.
     Drama:  Representative examples of a Greek tragedy or comedy by
     playwrights such as Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles or Aristophanes.
     Representative examples of Medieval drama such as the morality play
     Philosophy and religious thought:  Representative examples by
     writers such as Plato, Aristotle, Boethius, Augustine, St. Thomas,
     and Machiavelli.

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Assignments typically will include:
1.    Careful reading and analysis of assigned primary texts.
2.    Reading assignments in humanities textbook or supplemental readings
     to establish cultural context.
3.    Examinations, including quizzes, mid-term, final, and/or take-home
4.    Written essays requiring students to analyze representative works of
     literature, art, music, and philosophical/religious thought or
     requiring students to compare and contrast, integrate ideas, or
     examine ideas, values and beliefs.
5.    Participation in cultural activities, and response papers or reviews
     (including field trip option).
6.    Creative projects (optional, depending on instructor).

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
50 - 80%
Written homework, Essay exams, Term papers, Essays, Take-home essay exams
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
15 - 45%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Short answer
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 20%
Field trips, cultural activities and/or creative projects

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Roy Mathews and F. DeWitt Platt:  The Western Humanities, 2nd edition
(Mayfield, 1995)
William Fleming:  Arts and Ideas, 9th edition (Harcourt Brace, 1995)

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