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Theme: Introduction to the Humanities (week 1)
- 1.1 Succeeding in This Course
- 1.2 Learning to See
- 1.3 Learning to Read
- 1.4 Learning to Hear
Theme: Introduction to the Humanities (week 2)
- 2.1 Themes in Visual Art
- 2.2 Themes in Literature
- 2.3 Themes in Music
- 2.4 Review the Gallery
Theme: Examining the Humanities (week 3)
- 3.1 Research Two Works
- 3.2 Exploration Document
- 3.3 A Strong Foundation
Theme: Examining the Humanities (week 4)
- 4.1 Rubric
- 4.2 Experience and Evidence
Theme: Impact of the Humanities (week 5)
- 5.1 What Is Art?
- 5.2 Choices
- 5.3 Going Public
- 6 Theme: Impact of the Humanities (week 6)
Theme: Human Culture (week 7)
- 7.1 Draft Presentation
- 7.2 The Principles of the Humanities
Theme: Human Culture (week 8)
- 8.1 Convey Ideas
- 8.2 Humanities and Society
- 8.3 Final Answer
- Allegory of the Cave, The
- Art of Drowning, The
- Because I could not stop for Death
- Colonel, The
- Dinner-Party, The
- Don Quixote: Ch 1
- Don Quixote: Ch 2
- Don Quixote: Ch 3
- Don Quixote: Ch 4
- Don Quixote: Ch 7
- Don Quixote: Ch 8
- Everything That Rises Must Converge
- Everything That Rises Must Converge: “Let’s talk about something pleasant”
- Everything That Rises Must Converge: The further irony of all this
- Everything That Rises Must Converge: He was tilted out of his fantasy again
- Everything That Rises Must Converge: Julian was thankful that the next stop was theirs
- Frankenstein: Ch 5
- Frankenstein: Ch 9
- Frankenstein: Ch 10
- Frankenstein: Ch 11
- Frankenstein: Ch 12
- Frankenstein: Ch 13
- Frankenstein: Ch 14
- Frankenstein: Ch 15
- Frankenstein: Ch 16
- Frankenstein: Ch 17
- Hamilton: Act I
- Hamilton: Alexander Hamilton
- Hamilton: Act II
- Hamilton: Aaron Burr, Sir
- Hamilton: My Shot
- Jātaka Tales: The Hare’s Self-Sacrifice
- Letter from Birmingham Jail
- Letter from Birmingham Jail: Freedom is never voluntarily given
- Letter from Birmingham Jail: Two honest confessions
- Letter from Birmingham Jail: I had hoped that the white moderate would see this need
- Letter from Birmingham Jail: Perhaps I have once again been too optimistic
- London, 1802
- Meditation at Lagunitas
- Ode on a Grecian Urn
- Power of Patience, The
- Professions for Women
- Rose for Emily, A: I-II
- Rose for Emily, A: III-V
- Song of Myself: 1-11
- Song of Myself: 12-21
- Song of Myself: 22-32
- Song of Myself: 33-36
- Song of Myself: 37-43
- Song of Myself: 44-52
- Sonny’s Blues
- Sonny’s Blues: I didn’t write Sonny... for a long time
- Sonny’s Blues: I remember I was restless
- Sonny’s Blues: I gave up
- Sonny’s Blues: I found myself wandering aimlessly
- Sonny’s Blues: “All right,” I said, at last
- Stars Over the Dordogne
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Now you’re ready to dig into the structure of your course project. This webtext will walk you through each step using the writing templates on later pages. But for now, review the project to understand the critical elements so you can consider what you need to do to develop each one.
Part One: Exploration Document
The exploration document will not be structured like an academic essay, but will instead directly address ten critical elements, which are described below. These critical elements will walk you through the process of researching and preparing to create your presentation in part two.
While you won’t be writing a formal essay, you will need to respond to the critical elements thoroughly, using complete sentences and following the grammar and punctuation rules of professional and academic writing.
You will submit your final exploration document through Brightspace for grading, but the webtext will first walk you through the process of drafting answers to the ten critical elements.
Your exploration document assignment: Choose two cultural artifacts to analyze. These artifacts may take the form of any artistic medium, such as literature, poetry, music, film, ballet, painting, or sculpture. Then identify a common theme and compare your examples to one another as expressions of the same theme in different cultural artifacts.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
- Describe the cultural artifacts that you have chosen. Consider questions such as these in your response: What is the name or title of the artifact? Who is the author or artist? What is the date or time period when the artifact was created? What is the cultural location or physical setting of the artifact? In addition, you could consider including a photograph or image of any visual artifacts.
- Identify at least one common theme that will serve as the framework of your exploration document. How is the theme expressed in your artifacts?
- Explain how the theme you identified is related to your personal experience. For instance, you could discuss how the expression of the theme in your cultural artifacts is connected to you personally.
- Discuss a profession that could be impacted by the theme you identified. In other words, how is the theme you identified related to professional experiences? How could a working knowledge of the humanities be useful in this field?
- Describe at least three humanities resources that you could use to investigate your theme and artifacts. Your sources must be relevant to your theme and of an appropriate academic nature. In your description, consider questions such as: What are the similarities and differences in the content of your sources? What makes them appropriate and relevant for investigating your issue? What was your thought process when you were searching for sources? How did you make choices? Did you encounter any obstacles, and, if so, how did you overcome them? If you did not, why do you think it was so easy to find what you needed?
- Use the humanities resources that you selected to research your theme and cultural artifacts, making sure that you cite your sources. Based on your research, do the following:
- Discuss the relationship between each cultural artifact and its historical context. In other words, what were the circumstances under which each artifact was created?
- Explain the similarities and differences that you observe in the cultural artifacts you selected, in relation to the theme. For instance, do the artifacts contain any symbolism? If so, how are the symbols both similar and different? What do the symbols tell you about each artifact?
- Discuss the medium—such as literature, music, or sculpture—through which your cultural artifacts were created. For instance, how did the creator(s) of each artifact use the medium to convey something about the meaning of the artifact?
- Based on your research, develop a thesis statement that conveys the claim you plan to make about your theme and artifacts. Your thesis statement should be clear, specific, and arguable.
- Based on your research, identify an audience that would be interested in your theme and thesis statement. For example, who would benefit most from hearing your message?
- Describe how and why you can tailor your message to your audience, providing specific examples based on your research. For example, will your audience understand the terminology and principles used by humanities scholars, or will you need to explain these? How will you communicate effectively with your audience?
- Provide a reference list that includes all of the humanities resources you used to research your artifacts, theme, and thesis statement. Ensure that your list is formatted according to current APA guidelines (or another format, with instructor permission).
Questions You May Have
Q: Can I compare across mediums—by comparing a painting to a novel, for example?
A: Sure! That’s a great way to explore a theme.
Q: Can I select my own artifacts that are not in the webtext’s gallery?
A: Sure! But run your choice by your instructor before you invest too much time, and make sure you’ll be able to find good scholarly sources about the artifacts you’re choosing.
Q: Can I choose something today and change my mind later?
A: Yes. In fact, many (if not most) people change one or both artifacts as they dive into the research and learn more about the pieces.
Once you know the apparent purpose of a given assignment, you should look for details about the format. This will help you understand the scope of the project on which you are embarking.
For this assignment, your exploration document should adhere to the following formatting requirements: three to five pages, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. You should use current APA style guidelines (or guidelines for another format approved by your instructor) for your citations and reference list.Multiple-Choice Question
In this course, what do we mean by a “cultural artifact”?
- anything with an artistic dimension created by humans
- anything we study in this course, and nothing else
- anything discovered by an archeologist
- anything found in a museum, and nothing else
Correct. In this course we use the phrase “cultural artifact” to refer to anything with an artistic dimension that was created by humans. This could be a painting, a short story, or a song, among other things.Last saved 8 days ago.
- One theme of Batman’s story is that all his gear is black or very dark grey.
- The theme of the first Star Wars film was composed by John Williams.
- A theme found in many superhero films is “good versus evil.”
- The main theme of the Hulk’s character is that he is always angry.
- the same thing as a cultural artifact
- any painting, book, or musical composition
- a place, such as a museum, library, or concert hall, that provides the humanities to the public
- a credible article, lecture, or book about the cultural artifacts, artists, or themes you are investigating
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Which of the following is the BEST example of a “theme,” according to our definition of the word in this course?
Correct. The conflict between good and evil, as manifested in many superhero films, would be an example of a theme.Last saved 8 days ago.
Based on the way the term is used on this page, what is a “humanities resource”?
Correct. A humanities resource is any credible article, lecture, or book about the cultural artifacts, artists, or themes you are investigating.Last saved 8 days ago.