HUMA1301: INTRODUCTION TO HUMANITIES
The Humanities comprise those fields of knowledge and learning concerned with human thought, experience, and creativity. By exploring the foundations of aesthetic, ethical, and cultural values, the study of the Humanities helps us appreciate and understand what distinguishes us as human beings. By taking an interdisciplinary approach, the Humanities enable us to think about and think through issues that confront us as global citizens of the twenty-first century. Specific disciplines explored include history, literature, and philosophy, as well as the theory and development of the visual and performing arts.
Definition of Human Rights - Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Thus the concept of human rights presumes that rights are fundamental to our nature as moral beings; innate and universal, these are the rights that must be acknowledged and respected in order for people to be fully human.
Text material will be posted online the first day of the course. Although students are not required to purchase a book, they will need to read and study the online text.
Students should expect to spend a minimum of 6 to 8 hours per week preparing for this course. Weekly submissions to a discussion board are required. Students will also take 6 exams, write 5 unit papers, and complete a semester project. All assignments must be submitted on time to receive credit.
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