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Humanities: Universal Themes
Course: HUM201

First Term: 2014 Fall
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Course Type: Academic
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Study of worldviews in a variety of historical and contemporary world cultures, including analysis of origin and creation myths, artistic expression, spirituality, and the natural environment.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Compare and contrast the origin myths of various world cultures and examine their relationship to the contemporary world. (I)
2. Trace and describe the historical beginnings of artistic expression in various world cultures and examine their relationship to their contemporary global regions. (I)
3. Interpret a variety of artistic expressions, such as architecture, sculpture, painting, dance, drama, and other media, in world cultures in the ancient and contemporary world. (II)
4. Analyze various cultural worldviews on the environment, and relate these to their contemporary global contexts. (II)
5. Analyze various cultural worldviews of the relationship between humanity and the environment, and relate these to the contemporary global contexts. (II)
6. Explain the contemporary worldviews of the spiritual realm (internal and intangible) promoted by various world religions, as well as non-religious expressions of spirituality. (III)
7. Relate the worldviews promoted by various world religions and spiritual traditions, to the environment in various contemporary non-U.S. global regions. (III)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Origins and Creation Myths
   A. Beginnings of cultures and civilization.
      1. Relationship between humans and nature
      2. Relationship between humans and gods
      3. Relationship between gods and nature
   B. Relationship of origin/creation stories to contemporary world.
   C. Beginnings of artistic expression in such regions as Mesopotamia, India, China, Africa, Mesoamerica, Australia
   D. Relationship of such expression to contemporary world.
II. The Material World
   A. Ancient art and media of various world cultures and religions.
   B. Contemporary art and media of various world cultures and religions
   C. Cultural worldviews of the environment
      1. Ancient world
      2. Contemporary world
   D. Cultural worldview of the relationship between humanity and the environment.
      1. Ancient world
      2. Contemporary global contexts
III. The Spiritual World
   A. Contemporary worldviews of spiritual realm in various world religions including eastern religions; western religions; indigenous religions from various contemporary world cultures; as well as varieties of secular spirituality
   B. Religious and spiritual relationship to the environment in various non-U.S. global regions, such as Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South/Latin America, Africa, Caribbean and Central America, and North America

MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: March 25, 2014

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