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HUMN 1301

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at
Credit Hours 3
Course Title Humanities Through The Arts
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption from Learning Support English, reading and ESL requirements
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course approaches the humanities through a study of seven major art forms: film, drama, music, literature, painting, sculpture, and architecture. Each of these arts is considered from the perspective of historical development, the elements used in creating the art, meaning and form expressed, and criticism or critical evaluation.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, students will be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of the development of the basic ideas of Western civilization and the aesthetic expression of these ideas.
Demonstrate an understanding of an aesthetic expression (either art, music, or literature).
Demonstrate their ability to analyze an aesthetic expression through their review of an out-of-class activity (called an "aesthetic encounter") in which they have participated.

General Education Outcomes
None Specified

Course Content
Using the genre approach, the course includes the following topics:


each of which it studies under the aspects of:
Historical Development
Elements Used to Produce the Genre
Meaning and Form Expressed
Methods of Criticizing Works of the Genre

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
A. Course Grade

The course grade will be determined as follows:

On-campus Unit Exams (two to three, depending on instructor) 40% to 60%
Aesthetic Encounters (two or three, depending on instructor) 30% to 40%
Additional Activities Reports (end-of-chapter written report, one per genre. Optional depending on instructor) 0-30%
Each unit exam will include both objective and essay questions based on television programs, reading of the main text, and reading of the student Guide. The final exam, while concentrating on material from the last units, will include essays on the entire course.
B. Departmental Assessment
This course will be assessed one semester every three years.
1. Method of assessment
a. Every student in each section will complete an objective assessment questionnaire prepared by the Humanities Course Assessment Committee.
b. Each student will write an analysis of an aesthetic expression (encounter) during the quarter.

2. Specific plan

a. At the final exam, the Humanities 1301 questionnaire will be explained before students take the exam. When students have completed their exam, they will then complete the questionnaire and return to the instructor.
b. The Humanities 1301 instructor will compile a representative sampling of "aesthetic encounters" from each section.

3. Methods of analyzing data

a. The Humanities 1301 instructor will compile the responses of the questionnaire, tabulate the open-ended questions, and send them to the humanities Course Assessment Committee, which will compile the answers, examine the "aesthetic encounters, and communicate the results to the Humanities Division.
b. Method for discussion of data analysis

All faculty who teach Humanities 1301 and other interested professionals will meet to discuss the results of the assessment and their implications for syllabus revision.

The Humanities faculty will use the information gathered from the assessment to revise the course outline every three years if such revision is deemed beneficial.

DATE: January 31, 2002

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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