ERIC Number: ED332735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-19
Reference Count: N/A
Integrated Humanities: A Participatory Course for a Multi-Cultural Environment.
Thomas, Timothy R.
A course description and syllabus are provided for "Integrated Humanities," a general education course taught at Northern New Mexico Community College to provide students with a solid, reliable knowledge base and framework upon which to build future educational experiences. Following introductory material, a syllabus for students is presented, reviewing course strategies and goals, the instructor's expectations, and grading policy. The syllabus provides descriptions of 30 week-long units structured around an academic lecture and a related activity designed to illustrate the relationship between the lectures and actual life experiences (e.g., recording the moon's phases, making an obsidian blade, visiting a subculture, deducing the grammatical structure of an artificial language, and designing a fallout shelter). The units are: (1) Matter, Time, and Scale; (2) Molecules, Emergent Properties, and Life; (3) Ecology without Man; (4) The Enormous Gap (between apes and humans); (5) Ice Age Man; (6) The Domestication of Plants; (7) The Fundamentals of Civilization; (8) Greeks and the Power of Philosophy; (9) The Glory of Greece; (10) Jews, Romans, and Christians; (11) The Dark of Europe and the Light of Islam; (12) Medieval Europe; (13) The European Discovery of Greece; (14) Eras in Conflict--Cortez vs. Montezuma; (15) Reason, Romanticism, Revolution; (16) The Industrial Revolution; (17) War and Technology; (18) Medicine and Population; (19) Epistemology; (20) Society and Its Power; (21) Alienation and Culture; (22) Madness, Mysticism, and Magic; (23) Math and the Description of Reality; (24) Language, Communication, and Social Reality; (25) Literature as Mirror; (26) Form and Design; (27) Visual Art and Self-Expression; (28) To Dance and Sing; (29) All the World's a Stage; and (30) The Future. Each unit description includes 10 new terms for students, and suggestions and explanations for the instructor. (PAA)
Descriptors: Activity Units, American Indians, Class Activities, Community Colleges, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Cultural Education, Cultural Interrelationships, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Innovation, Experiential Learning, General Education, Hispanic Americans, Holistic Approach, Humanities Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Two Year Colleges, Western Civilization
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Los Alamos National Lab., NM. Center for Nonlinear Studies.
Identifiers: Cultural Literacy; Northern New Mexico Community College