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Humanities (HUMAN)


HUMAN 100  Creative and Critical Thinking  (5)

Helps students identify aspects of creative and critical thought in themselves and others. Offers experiences, theories, and concepts through which students develop statements of personal principles and worldviews. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

HUMAN 110  Background for the Humanities  (5)

Study of the common language of the arts and humanities and their relationship to the societies in which they were created. Includes the study of critical concepts and vocabulary, as well as common motifs and elements in the humanities. Also includes the study of the relationship between arts and humanities of a culture and that cultures economic, political and technological environment. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 099. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

HUMAN 133  People, Language and Culture  (5)

Surveys the human experience by sampling the world’s cultures based on evidence. Examines documents and remnants of archeological, anthropological and mythological proof of the human experience. Focuses on the relationship between people, language and culture and the evolutionary changes that languages and cultures have undergone in order to arrive at their current state. Incorporates anthropological linguistics, philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and modern languages as a basis to study modern people language and culture. With modern technology such as (Rosetta Stone), students explore the sounds, structures and written forms of a panorama of world languages in coordination with contextual study of the particular culture. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 099. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

HUMAN 142  Introduction to Japanese Life and Culture  (5)

Students learn the various aspects of Japanese traditional and popular culture from a Western perspective. Incorporates key features of Japanese culture such as history, film, and art. Integrates other popular culture media such as anime and manga. RECOMMEND: College-level reading. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 099. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

HUMAN 146  Introduction to Chinese Culture and Life  (5)

Students learn about various aspects of Chinese traditional and modern culture. Key features of Chinese culture such as history, philosophy, nationalities, arts and language will be incorporated. Also includes integration of other well-known cultural aspects such as martial arts, foods and traditional medicine. Students will understand primary differences between Chinese core culture and Western culture. Students discuss the role of traditional culture in the current economic development of China. RECOMMEND: College-level reading. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 099. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

HUMAN 160  Introduction to the Study of Gender in the Humanities  (5)

Examines theoretical concepts and themes of gender through the lens of the Humanities (including literature, philosophy, film, communication studies, and popular culture, among other subjects). Course synthesizes historical and social analyses into inquiry about the human experience and expression of gender. Course specifically examines issues such as language, media's treatment of gender, and gender and power, relating each of these to the formation of our gendered and human identities. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 099. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

HUMAN 186  Peoples of the World  (5)

Provides students with multicultural insights into the peoples of other countries. Examines people as a total cultural product: history, geography, literature, art, music, architecture, religion and politics. The country studied may change each time the course is offered. May be part of a field course. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

HUMAN 190  Latin American Culture Through Literature  (5)

IIntroduces the study of Latin American culture through important works of literature that explore the complex social relations and culture of the region. Analyzes how Latin American literature has reflected cultural changes throughout the history of the region such as the impact of the conquest and slavery; the influence of patriarchy/machismo and marianism in gender relations; the problematic relations with the U.S., the history of dictatorship and social revolution in Latin America. Focuses on preparing students to understand Latin America to be prepared to function in our globalized world. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a humanities and the diversity course requirements for AA-DTA degree.

HUMAN 191  Latin America in Film  (5)

Explores the relationship between film and cultural interpretation and understanding of Latin America. Considers the history of cinema in Latin America. Focuses on how film has been used to interpret Latin American culture and how we can use it to understand Latin American past and present with special emphasis on discussing the complex history and social problems of the region. Also explores common stereotypes with which Latin America has been portrayed in main stream U.S. movies. No knowledge of Spanish language required. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 099. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree. Cross-listed with FILM 191.

HUMAN 192  Introduction to Spanish Life and Culture  (5)

Students learn the various aspects of Spanish culture through the humanities. Students explore Spanish culture through history, literature and film. Explores the diverse cultural influences that have converged to influence the resulting Spanish culture of Spain. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 099.

HUMAN 193  Introduction to Francophone Life and Culture  (5)

Students learn the various aspects of francophone culture through the humanities. Students discover the history, literature, art and film of the francophone world. Students also gain an appreciation of the many diverse cultural influences that make up the French Speaking world. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 099.

HUMAN 194  Special Studies-Humanities  (5)

Special subject matter that is not part of the regular curriculum. Content varies from course to course, depending on requests from students, or the opportunity to present unusual topics.

HUMAN 200  Latin American Women: Struggles and Literature  (5)

Introduces the study of Latin American Women’s struggles through important literature produced by Latin American women, to explore the historical construction of masculinity and femininity in the region, the role of politics and ideologies in that construction, the intersection of gender, race, class, ethnicity and nationality and the social movements that have impacted the lives of women in the region. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirement for AA degree.

HUMAN 224  Women and World Religions  (5)

Explores feminine perspectives of religion and spirituality in classical and indigenous religions today and throughout history. Examines images of the divine, mythological presentations, as well as roles and practices of women in each tradition through the study of traditional writings, feminist themes and feminist theologies. Addresses questions such as: What do sacred sources in traditional religions say about women and issues of gender; and how both men and women in society used oral and written sacred narratives. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 099. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.