This course will focus on an overview of literature, art, music, religion, dance, film, and other humanities disciplines from several continents across the world. The emphasis is on a worldwide awareness of the humanities from 1945 to the present. (3 credits)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Master the basic vocabulary of the humanities domains included in the course:
- Art, including sculpture
- Compare and contrast Western and non-western aesthetics
- Understand the influences of cultures on each other across the globe
- Acquire the tools for further research on humanities disciplines and cultures both in the US and abroad
- Evaluate and use internet research with academic judgment and integrity
- Improve understanding of their own cultural heritage through comparison and contrast with other cultures, and ways of life
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Final Exam (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
There are two books required for Lesson 14, both available in public libraries, and both worth purchasing:
- David Macaulay, Cathedral. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1973.
- David Macaulay, Mosque. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
Additional Required Materials
All students are expected to obtain the following materials in order to complete assignments. They may be available in local public libraries, library streaming services (Hoopla, Kanopy, etc.) or through streaming services such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, etc. Movie rental fees may apply.
Materials in the order required, listed by lesson:
1.5. James Algar and Samuel Armstrong, Fantasia (1940), Walt Disney Pictures, 120 min.
2. U-Carmen Khayetlitsha (2440) 122 minutes; Fortissimo Films; Koch-Lorber Films.
3. Revisit James Algar and Samuel Armstrong, Fantasia (1940), Walt Disney Pictures, 120 min.
4. Marcel Camus, Black Orpheus (1958) 103 minutes; Public Media Home Vision
Revisit James Algar and Samuel Armstrong, Fantasia (1940), Walt Disney Pictures, 120 min.
5. Akira Kurosawa, Ran (1985) 160 minutes; Greenwich Film Productions
6. Marcel Camus, The Red Balloon (1956) 34 minutes; Films Montsouris
Ten Canoes (2006) 90 minutes. Film Finance Corporation Australia, South Australian Film Corporation, and Palm Pictures.
7. Zacharias Kunuk, The Fast Runner (2002; original title: Atanarjuat), Canadian Film Board and Igloolik Isuma Productions,174 min.
8. Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001) Columbia Pictures
9. Islam: Empire of Faith (2002) PBS Home Video, 163 minutes
Available at this link for free: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF6VPZsHDZQ
10. Richard Attenborough, Gandhi (1982), 188 minutes, Carolina Bank Films.
11. Martin Scorcese, Kundun (1997) 134 minutes; DeFina Cappa Films
12. Cathedral and Mosque by David Macaulay, details at the top of this document.
Each week of the course schedule is divided into lessons so that students can manage the required workload.
|Week||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignments|
Lesson 1.0 - How to Learn in This Course
Lesson 1.5 - Music Part 1 - The Orchestra and Symphony
Lesson 2.0 - Music Part 2 – Opera, Bizet's Carmen, and non-Western music
Lesson 2.5 - Dance
Lesson 3.0 - European Stories that Travel
Lesson 3.5 - More European Stories that Travel
Lesson 4.0 - Stories With and Without Words, With and Without Texts
Lesson 4.5 - Antarctica and Stories from Arctic Tribes
Lesson 5.0 - Martial Arts, Superheroes, and China in the 21st Century
Lesson 5.5 - Religion
Lesson 6.0 - Islam
Lesson 6.5 - Hinduism and Buddhism
Lesson 7.0 - Buddhism
Lesson 7.5 - Art, Including Sculpture
Lesson 8.0 - Architecture
(emphasis on 6)
You’ll need to order or locate a number of videos and CDs to support this course. Many are available in local public libraries or through commercial video rental sources. Please start locating your materials right away.
You can’t just read about the arts and humanities, you have to experience them for yourself. And if you can’t travel across the globe, you can experience other places through their arts and human endeavors—music, stories, religion, architecture. You’ll have a chance to read parts of the Bible and the Qur’an, the Gita and Buddha’s sermons. You’ll even plan a trip to the Antarctic. You’ll view films, listen to music, watch video clips and visit a museum. There is writing required for every lesson to respond to the arts you’ll experience, as well as vocabulary lists to submit. By the end of the course, you’ll be expected to visit an art museum with some specific questions to answer.
IMPORTANT: Time on task, per lesson:
While some lessons are short, others take a full nine hours, the designated time frame for a lesson at Charter Oak. Please plan to have extended periods available for reading, viewing, studying, research, and writing.
In the words of former students:
- "The globalization of the works of composers, directors, writers has broadened my ability to think beyond my own insights and be receptive to other cultures. I thought I was really open-minded, but I realized I had limited my own ability to see beyond my own world. And finally, every culture, whether rich or poor, cultured or uncivilized has something to offer. The ability to see that work for what it is extraordinary!"
- "Before I took Global Villages, I had confidence that I knew who I was and what I liked and appreciated. That has not changed but I definitely have grown and expanded in my sense of self. I learned. . . that though we don’t verbally speak a universal language, our arts of dancing, music and painting transcend the barriers. In the different types of dancing, music, and craftsmanship we viewed in the lessons we can tell much about the country, heritage, culture, and beliefs of the people. These arts tell as much a story as a verbal telling."
- "The title “Global Village” is the perfect name for this course and you will come out with a better, more complete understanding of the world as a whole. Those of us who feel uncomfortable with self-reflection, you cannot avoid it in this course but you will grateful for the lessons you learn about yourself."
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Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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