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Humanities Course Descriptions

HUM 110  Technology and Society

This course considers technological change from historical, artistic, and philosophical perspectives and its effect on human needs and concerns. Emphasis is on the causes and consequences of technological change. Upon completion, students should be able to critically evaluate the implications of technology. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in humanities/fine arts.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisite: None

HUM 110 Course Outline

HUM 115  Critical Thinking

This course introduces the use of critical thinking skills in the context of human conflict. Emphasis is on evaluating information, problem solving, approaching cross-cultural perspectives, and resolving controversies and dilemmas. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate orally and in writing the use of critical thinking skills in the analysis of appropriate texts. Students will be able to engage in rational discussions using reasons, arguments, exploration of consequences and motives, and crucial tests to explore the complexities of human relations. This course is approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement. The course may meet the SACS humanities requirement for AAS degree programs.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 095 or ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisite: None

HUM 115 Course Outline

HUM 120  The South in Black and White Section 130, Special Offering for Spring Semester 2014

This course introduces the distinctive features of a particular culture. Topics include art, history, music, literature, politics, philosophy, and religion. Upon completion, students should be able to appreciate the unique character of the study culture.

The South in Black and White explores 20th-century Southern history through live music, poetry, lectures, stories, discussions, oral histories, and dramatic performances. Instructors include Professor Tim Tyson, author of the novel Blood Done Sign my Name (recently made into a feature film), and Mary D. Williams, nationally recognized gospel singer.

For more information about the class, please contact Dr. David Long, chair of Social Sciences and Humanities, in the Phillips Building, room 361 or email him at longd@durhamtech.edu.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: RED 090 and ENG 090 or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisite: None

HUM 120 Course Outline: Not Available

HUM 120  Cultural Studies

This course introduces the distinctive features of a particular culture. Topics include art, history, music, literature, politics, philosophy, and religion. Upon completion, students should be able to appreciate the unique character of the study culture.  This course has been approved for transfer under the CAA as a general education course in Humanities/Fine Arts.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: RED 090 and ENG 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisite: None

HUM 120 Course Outline: Not Available

HUM 121  The Nature of America

This course provides an interdisciplinary survey of the American cultural, social, and political experience. Emphasis is on the multicultural character of American society, distinctive qualities of various regions, and the American political system. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant cultural, social, and political aspects of American life. Students should also be able to identify the frames of reference that shape the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of various cultural, social, and political groups. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for the general education core requirement in humanities/fine arts.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: RED 090 and ENG 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisite: None

HUM 121 Course Outline

HUM 122  Southern Culture

This course explores the major qualities that make the South a distinct region.  Topics include music, politics, literature, art, religion, race relations, and the role of social class in historical and contemporary contexts.  Upon completion, students should be able to identify the characteristics that distinguish Southern culture.  This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in humanities/fine arts.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: RED 090 and ENG 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisite: None

HUM 122 Course Outline: Not Available

HUM 150  American Women's Studies

This course provides an inter-disciplinary study of the history, literature, and social roles of American women from Colonial times to the present. Emphasis is placed on women's roles as reflected in American language usage, education, law, the workplace, and mainstream culture. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and analyze the roles of women as reflected in various cultural forms. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in humanities/fine arts.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisite: None

HUM 150 Course Outline

HUM 160  Introduction to Film

This course introduces the fundamental elements of film artistry and production. Topics include film styles, history, and production techniques as well as the social values reflected in film art. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze critically the elements covered in relation to selected films. Students should also be able to analyze films effectively within their respective thematic and historical contexts. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for the general education core requirement in humanities/fine arts.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: RED 090 and ENG 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisite: None

HUM 160 Course Outline

HUM 180  International Cultural Exploration

This course provides a framework for students to visit, examine, and analyze a country/region outside the United States to learn about the place and people. Emphasis is placed on the distinctive cultural characteristics of a country or region. Upon completion, students should be able to identify similarities/differences, analyze causes/effects, and clearly articulate the impact of one or more cultural elements. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a premajor and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 111

Corequisite: None

HUM 180 Course Outline: Not Available

HUM 212  Humanities II

This course introduces the humanities as a record in literature, music, art, history, religion, and philosophy of humankind's answers to the fundamental questions of existence. Emphasis is placed on the interconnectedness of various aspects of cultures from early modern times to the present. Upon completion, students should be able to identify significant figures and cultural contributions of the periods studied. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in humanities/fine arts.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: All general education core courses

Corequisite: None

HUM 212 Course Outline
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