Bluffon College Humanities Sequence:
Goals and Objectives
- Students will develop critical and analytical thinking -- as evident in ability to
- handle historical, factual and textual evidence fairly (while moving beyond factual identification to...)
- analyze, synthesize, and thus produce reasoned arguments with original conclusions about the meaning of the evidence.
- Students will gain historical consciousness -- as evident in ability to
- identify the most critical issues that confronted particular periods and locations in western history;
- recognize textual passages and artistic works as exhibiting characteristics of a given age, place, or culture;
- identify stages in the development of Western European culture;
- recognize and analyze the values and limitations of our own age through an awareness of the accomplishments and failures of the past.
- Students will become aware of the aesthetic values of the arts and develop creativity, imagination and artistic expression of feelings -- as evident in ability to
- identify particular key works of art (literature, music, visual arts) from Western traditions;
- identify major periods in Western art, in relation to other historical events;
- identify ways in which individual artists and specific works of art reflect and critique the cultures from which they emerge.
- Students will better understand themselves as persons whose identities are shaped through participation in a wider community and longer history -- as evident in ability to
- recognize and analyze ways in which the inheritance of historical Western and non-Western cultures have shaped contemporary American culture;
- recognize and analyze ways in which contemporary individualism, concepts of personal freedom, and affluence may have impoverished as well as enriched their own lives.
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