Humanities Course Descriptions


Humanities Course Descriptions

Not all classes in all disciplines are offered every semester. See the Class Schedule or contact the English Division office for offerings in the current semester.

NOTE For up-to-date course descriptions, please refer to the current GCC catalog.

HUMAN 105

105
THE HUMAN STRUGGLE
3.0 Units
HUMAN 105 is an interdisciplinary, intercultural course designed to challenge students to further develop critical reading, writing, and thinking abilities through comparative study of materials from literature and various disciplines. Students evaluate some of the most relevant issues faced by people of the United States and other cultures throughout history, with emphasis on values and ethics. The course examines the creative impulses and destructive forces that have influenced the human struggle for order, acceptance, knowledge, understanding, self expression, power, freedom, individuality and survival. Students improve their abilities to analyze, synthesize, develop original ideas, distinguish fact from opinion or belief, and use logic and reason in language and thought to determine whether the solutions of the past are compatible with the problems of today and tomorrow. Writing instruction focuses on improving advanced composition skills. The course may be team-taught. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/ Spring/Summer/Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

HUMAN 105H

105H
HONORS THE HUMAN STRUGGLE
3.0 Units
HUMAN 105H is an interdisciplinary, intercultural course designed to challenge students to further develop critical reading, writing, and thinking abilities through comparative study of materials from literature and various disciplines. Students evaluate some of the most relevant issues faced by people of the United States and other cultures throughout history, with emphasis on values and ethics. The course examines the creative impulses and destructive forces that have influenced the human struggle for order, acceptance, knowledge, understanding, self expression, power, freedom, individuality and survival. Students improve their abilities to analyze, synthesize, develop original ideas, distinguish fact from opinion or belief, and use logic and reason in language and thought to determine whether the solutions of the past are compatible with the problems of today and tomorrow. Writing instruction focuses on improving advanced composition skills. The course may be team-taught. The honors course will be enhanced in one or more of the following ways: 1. Accelerated standards of reading levels, emphasizing primary sources. 2. Accelerated standards of critical thinking, including critical writing and thesis-based essay exams. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

HUMAN 106

106
MODERN SOCIETY IN ITS MILIEUX
3.0 Units
HUMAN 106 is an interdisciplinary, team taught, cross-cultural course emphasizing foreign literatures in translation. Students are encouraged to read, think, discuss and write critically in dealing with some important concerns of modern times as interpreted by different societies. Students do comparative analyses of literature from various countries in their historical, political, and social contexts. The linguistic style of each foreign language is stressed. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

HUMAN 110

110
SCIENCE, LITERATURE, AND HUMAN INSIGHT
3.0 Units
HUMAN 110 is an interdisciplinary, intercultural, team-taught course in which students further apply the principles of critical thinking and comparative critical analysis in order to better understand the relationships among literature, science, and technology. Through directed reading, class discussion, and writing, students develop logical thought processes enabling them to reason, inductively and deductively, to distinguish fact from judgment, to examine evidence an credibility of sources, to propose new ideas, and to reach logical conclusions. Through their study of literature, students learn about human values, behavior and motivations; through their study of scientific and technological achievements, they learn about the methods and limitations of science. Major historical and contemporary themes linking science and literature are presented for evaluation. Writing instruction focuses on improving advanced composition skills. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

HUMAN 111

111
IRISH HISTORY, LITERATURE, AND CULTURE FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE PRESENT
3.0 Units
HUMAN 111 is a broad-based, interdisciplinary team-taught course that covers the entire history of Ireland: its mythology, folklore, art, music, literature, and major political events. The course also focuses on the impact of Irish culture on England, Europe, Spain, Canada, and the United States through the centuries. Through assigned readings, discussions, and writing, the students gain critical insights into the causes and consequences of Ireland’s turbulent history and struggle for independence as well as its literary and sociopolitical contributions to world culture and civilization. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

HUMAN 115

115
WORLD MYTHOLOGY
3.0 Units
HUMAN 115 is an interdisciplinary course in which students analyze ancient myths in the context of the cultures from which they arose. It provides a basis for increased understanding of art forms from all over the world, including literature, painting, sculpture, and architecture. Students explore the role myths play in answering the ultimate questions of human life and in expressing the values of the societies which developed and/or perpetuated the stories. Students see the impact of psychology, oral transmission, and environment (social, geo-political, and economic) on belief systems. Most importantly, students relate myths to questions and issues of the present day, relevant to their own lives and the lives of those with whom they share the country and the planet. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

HUMAN 117

117
CREATIVITY, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY: KALEIDOSCOPE
3.0 Units
HUMAN 117 is an interdisciplinary, team taught course focusing on literature, drama, dance, and film and examining their relationships with other areas of college study. The course recognizes that, like the pieces in a kaleidoscope, individual art works and art forms are only components of larger patterns. As students compare and contrast works from various cultures and times, they are encouraged to read, think, discuss, and write critically about the interaction among artist, society, and work of art. Students explore the creative process and ask what has let to, as well as what results from, works of art. Students learn to analyze, synthesize, draw inferences, propose new ideas, support theses, reach logical conclusions, and become active participants in the artistic process. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

HUMAN 120

120
LITERATURE AND THE CULTURAL ARTS
3.0 Units
HUMAN 120 is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on the interrelationships of literature and the cultural arts (architecture, music, painting, and sculpture), with emphasis on the literature, to show not only their independence but also their synthesis. Through critical reading, discussion, and writing, students analyze the influences of each genre upon the creative impulses of the others. HUMAN 120 examines literary and cultural achievements, developments, and values in the major periods of western history that served as a foundation for modern thought and letters. The course may be team taught. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

HUMAN 125

125
CROSSCURRENTS: AMERICAN SOCIAL VALUES
3.0 Units
HUMAN 125 is an interdisciplinary course designed to enrich students’ knowledge and understanding of the cultural influences of ethnic, racial and gender diversity in the shaping of American society-past and present-and to enable them to speculate critically on American society in the future. Students analyze materials from literature, history, and other disciplines. The course explores the development and current reality of commonly held American ideals, attitudes and institutions and their role in the unique balance between freedom and responsibility. Students are encouraged to develop their critical thinking skills through reading, writing, and discussion. This course may be interactively team-taught. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

HUMAN 130

130
THE INDIVIDUAL, THE GROUP, AND THE ORGANIZATION
3.0 Units
HUMAN 130 is an interdisciplinary, team taught, intercultural course that emphasizes personal and global issues, problems, and patterns of communication in the work environment as they apply to individual workers, groups and organizations. Students develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills by analyzing and discussing an international array of essays, works of fiction, plays, poems, songs, and films concerning work, and by engaging in individual and collaborative activities designed to pose ethical and decision-making problems. Writing instruction focuses on improving composition skills. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Transfer Credit: CSU.

HUMAN 135

135
HUMANITIES AND THE WORLD OF WORK
3.0 Units
HUMAN 135 is an interdisciplinary course that combines instruction in fiction and nonfiction, film, ethics, problem solving, and decision making to help students examine today’s multicultural society and workplace and develop values that may influence their personal and professional growth throughout their lives. Students analyze and discuss contemporary issues, problems and trends, and become familiar with the history of discrimination on the basis of color, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation and the impact of this discrimination on educational opportunities, career choice, and employability. Students participate in group and individual activities designed to develop and reinforce analytical skills. They also keep journals in which they react to assignments and class presentations. Critical analysis of course materials helps students learn to deal with a variety of situation and tasks they may encounter in their career fields. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 120 or ESL 151.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/Spring/ Summer/Fall.