ERIC Number: ED241449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec-30
Reference Count: 0
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Humanities.
Bulman, James C.
An interdisciplinary, core course in humanities offered at Allegheny College (Pennsylvania) approaches ethical and aesthetic issues in untraditional ways to encourage students to think more independently and articulate ideas with greater breadth. The three-term course is taught by teachers from many departments. Course sections are limited to 18 freshmen, and both the instructor and the class membership change each term so that students can be exposed to as many different ideas and opinions as possible. Focus and orientation of the curriculum also change with each term: term 1 focuses on the political and social functions of art, term 2 on great works of the Western tradition, and term 3 on the various guises of modernism. The syllabus is also keyed to cultural events taking place on campus. Problems surrounding the course are related to the structure of curriculum distribution and/or the primary function of this college as a teaching college. Criticism by many of the non-humanities faculty centers on dilettantism. Other problems stem from faculty departmentalism and academic conservatism. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Modern Language Association of America Conference (100th, New York, NY, December 27-30, 1983).