Discussion questions to get you started thinking about this course and online learning are included at the end of the post. Enrolled students may “comment,” responding to them to count toward the 500 word comment requirement for Unit I. (Make sure to use your name in your comment so that you receive credit for it.)
Welcome to HUM120: Introduction to Humanities. Enrolled students can access the course at http://elearning.kctcs.edu. The Spring 2012 semester begins today. So, today’s post is an introduction, What are the Humanities?
“Humanities” comes from the Latin “humanitas,” meaning those powers or capacities regarded as common to or characteristic of human beings and the cultivation of these aspects of human nature. According to the 1965 National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, the term “humanities” includes, but is not limited to, the study of language (both modern and classical), linguistics, literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, and ethics. It also includes the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.
“Intro to the Humanities” surveys Western thought, literature, and the arts from antiquity to the present, focusing on philosophy, religion, painting, sculpture, architecture, theater, dance, literature, and film. These “humanities” are the core of the dominant ideals of Western tradition, and they characterize Western thought and the cultural concerns known as the Humanities. Humanities 120 seeks to synthesize our knowledge of these arts and traditions in order to improve our own aesthetic tastes and moral awareness. And, we will go on this journey together!
Welcome to Hum120!
- Who are you and why did you choose an online HUM 120 course?
- What experience do you have studying the humanities disciplines?
- Take a look at this article about the qualities of a successful online student. What qualities do you have that will help make you successful as an online student?
- What qualities do you need to develop to increase your chances for success?