District Syllabus
Humanities In The Modern World

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3 (NOTE: )
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description: An integrated approach to the humanities which examines philosophy and the arts in terms of their relationships, rather than as separate activities. The emphasis throughout will be on the ways in which a shared cultural outlook gives meaning to human experience and is, in turn, expressed through works of art. This course considers the achievements of the Renaissance, the Modern Era, and the Post-Modern Era, treating them chronologically in order to provide a sense of change and development in succeeding epochs. There will be lectures, correlated readings and illustrations or representative works from each period studied. Meets A.A.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Cunningham. Cultures & Values: Survey of Humanities, 8th ed., Cengage, 2014. ISBN: 9781133952435
Supplemental Materials:
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, the student will understand the general 
historical and artistic periods of Western culture from the Italian 
Renaissance to the present and be able to demonstrate a knowledge of 
the major literature, architecture, art, drama, music and 
philosophical schools of thought that were common to the Western 
tradition from the Renaissance to the present.
Global Learning Outcomes:

I.  	CRITICAL THINKING: students will develop the ability to 
evaluate the validity of their own and others’ ideas through 
questioning and analyzing, and the skill to synthesize the results 
into the creative process. Some of these critical thinking skills 
will be developed through the following activities:
         A. Consciously raise questions, suspending judgment and 
         remaining open to new information, methods, cultural
         systems, values, and beliefs. The students may study modern
         art. Quite often the art of the twentieth century defies
         traditional concepts. The students will have to broaden 
         their field of judgment to understand and appreciate the art
         of the modern world.

         B.  Collect, organize, classify, correlate,analyze, 
         and present materials and data from variety of academic
         disciplines and sources, distinguishing between facts and
         opinions, judgments and inferences, and the objective and
         subjective. The students may read the historical account
         of the condition of most people living during the Bourbon
         dynasty and compare those accounts against the propaganda
	sponsored by the French court. The student should easily
         recognize the stark difference from the reality of average
         French versus the trivial world view set forward by 
         painters such as Watteau and Boucher. 

	C. Apply understanding and knowledge to define, analyze, 
         and devise solutions for new and different problems and
         issues. The students may study the art and literature of the
         twentieth century that particularly indicates a
         disillusionment. Students may then discuss what must change 
         in the twenty-first century for human beings to experience a
         more promising age.


II.  	COMMUNICATION: students will develop effective reading, 
writing, speaking and listening skills to communicate verbally and 
nonverbally on literal and figurative levels. Some of these 
communication skills will be developed through the following 
	A. Read and discuss works of fiction and nonfiction,
         demonstrating literal and critical comprehension. The
         students may read Machiavelli’s The Prince and deduce what
         advice Machiavelli is intending as metaphor or a realistic
         prototype for effective rule.

         B. Listen actively, partaking in dialogue with civility and
         respect for opposing viewpoints. The students may be shown 
         various works of art from controversial periods, such as the
         Dada movement. Once the students have viewed certain works
         they may be asked to discuss the artistic merit of such 

	C. Use reading as a source of lifelong learning and 
         enjoyment. The students may read the drama of the 
         Elizabethan playwrights and develop a strong appreciation
         for the beauty and wisdom of the tragedies and comedies.
         This appreciation may generate a lifelong love for drama.

V.	CULTURAL LITERACY: students will develop an appreciation of 
human culture and its diversity and the role of the creative arts in 
society. Some of these cultural literacy skills will be developed 
through the following activities:
	A.  Appreciate the cultural and individual value of
         creativity and imagination. The student may study art from
         the Renaissance to twenty-first century. This art will
         reflect the efforts of men and women from different 
         countries and time periods. The student may gain an 
         understanding of the value and contributions of a diverse 

	B.  Understand art, geography, history, music, philosophy
         and the evolution of ideas that shaped the world. The
         student will be exposed to art, culture, history, i.e. the
         humanities of the western world. The students may learn how
         works of the humanities were created and how those works
         form an evolution of ideas and thought.

	C. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural, national,
         ethnic, religious, and gender differences among peoples of
         the world. The student may come to understand that people   
         from different backgrounds produce a rich quilt work of art
         that all humans can value. The student may come to realize
         that a particular culture can produce an interesting and
         unique way of expressing a universal	message or theme.
Course Learning Outcomes:
The student will possess the ability to answer objective and essay
questions pertaining to the general artistic and historical trends
occurring from 1400 to the present. The student will also possess
the ability to identify specific works of art, music and architecture
from the period of study and will be able to answer objective
questions pertaining to period works in literature drama and 
philosophy. The student will be able to answer essay questions
regarding thematic content of works from drama, literature and
philosophy from the Renaissance to the present.
Methods of Evaluation: Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the instructor, within the polices of the college and the department. Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.