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|Discipline and Nbr:
Western Culture: Arts, Ideas, and Values
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||3.00||Lecture Scheduled||3.00||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||52.50
|Minimum||3.00||Lab Scheduled||0||17.5 min.||Lab Scheduled||0
| ||Contact DHR||0|| ||Contact DHR||0
| ||Contact Total||3.00|| ||Contact Total||52.50
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
Grade or P/NP
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 105.00||Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50||
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.
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of Western Culture from the Ancient World through the Renaissance.
(Grade or P/NP)
Limits on Enrollment:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Not Certificate/Major Applicable
Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
|Associate Degree:||Effective:||Fall 1998||Inactive:||
|CSU GE:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||C2||Humanities||Fall 1998||
|IGETC:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||3B||Humanities||Fall 1998||
|CSU Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1998||Inactive:||
|UC Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1998||Inactive:||
In this course, the student will demonstrate that he or she can:
1. Identify the major artists, writers, and thinkers of these periods
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
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
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
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,
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.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|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||
Roy Mathews and F. DeWitt Platt: The Western Humanities, 3rd edition
William Fleming: Arts and Ideas, 9th edition (Harcourt Brace, 1995)