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“Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.”
--Tom Wolfe

THE HUMAN IMAGE

HUM 1125-02 (3 credit hours) TTH: 9:30-10:45 am Room 1321

Professor: Jamie Fries, Ph.D.
Office: 10-338
Office phone: x2970 (e-mail is preferable)
Office hours: Tues:  11:15-12:15;
Wed:  10:30-2:00; Thurs: 11:15-12:15 and by appointment

e-mail: jamie.fries@sinclair.edu

Course Description: This course explores the nature and content of the humanities by examining and comparing our culture with the past. In addition, this course provides an introduction to human thought, creativity, and human forms of expression by examining the links between historical realities and human culture.

Required Texts: Henry M. Sayre, Discovering the Humanities (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2012).

Course Schedule *

*schedule is subject to change

Reading quiz readings are for weekly (Thursdays) quizzes.

** PLEASE NOTE

Quizzes will be given the first 15 minutes of class, and will end promptly at 15 minutes past the start of class. You must be in class during that time in order to take the quiz. If you come to class late, you will only have the time remaining in that first fifteen minutes to complete your quiz. If you come to class after the other students have finished taking their quiz, you will not be able to take the quiz.

Week of:

August 27:

Introduction to the course
Ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Greece
Reading: Chapter 1

September 3:

Ancient Greece
Reading: Chapter 2

Reading Quiz (RQ) reading:
Pericles’ Funeral Oration, from Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/pericles-funeralspeech.html Plato’s Allegory of the Cave
http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/allegory.html

September 10:

Ancient Rome
Reading: Chapter 3

RQ reading:
Seneca’s On Tranquility of Mind
http://thriceholy.net/Texts/Tranquility.html (from "Curius Dentatus said, truly as I think," to "Fortune has never regarded are more cheerful than those whom she has forsaken.")

September 17:

Ancient Rome; The Blossoming of Religions – Islam
Reading: Chapter 4

No Reading Quiz

Information Quiz (Greece and Rome), Thursday, September 29.

September 24:

The Blossoming of Religions – Islam; The Blossoming of Religions – Buddhism Reading: Chapter 4

RQ reading:

The Sunnah—“Concerning Prayer,” “Of Charity,” “Of Fasting,” “Of Reading the Qur’an,” and “Of Fighting for the Faith.” http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/sunnah-horne.asp

Rumi—Poems: numbers VI, VII, and VIII http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/1270rumi-poems1.asp

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October 1:

The Blossoming of Religions – Buddhism
Reading: Chapter 4

RQ reading:

Buddha: First Sermon http://acc6.its.brooklyn.cuny.edu/~phalsall/texts/bud-ser1.html

The Buddha Enters Nirvana http://www.mircea-eliade.com/from-primitives-to-zen/230.html

October 8:

Christianity and The Middle Ages
Reading: Chapters 5 and 6

RQ reading:
Augustine of Hippo, The City of God Against the Pagans
http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/120101.htm (Preface and Chapter 1)

Pope Innocent III, On the Misery of the Human Condition
http://www.phschool.com/eteach/social_studies/2000_11/pope.html

Boccaccio, Introduction to the Decameron
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/decameronintro.asp

October 15:

The Renaissance

Information Quiz (The Blossoming of Religions: Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity), Tuesday, October 16.

First Midterm Examination, Thursday, October 18.

October 22:

The Renaissance; The Reformation
Reading: Chapter 7

RQ reading:
Pico, Oration on the Dignity of Man to "man is a living creature of varied, multiform and ever-changing nature.'' http://cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/Mirandola/

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October 29:

The Reformation; Global Encounters - Africa and the Americas Reading: Chapter 8

RQ reading:
Martin Luther,...
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