Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What have you learned, Humanities Kids? I wish you luck as you move on.........

Dear Humanities Students,

It is difficult to believe that your year is half over! I have thoroughly enjoyed learning from you; every day has been the best for me. Please keep in touch!

 We completed your last journal entry. 

Journal #10: "Enduring Studies"
What makes the pieces of literature, artists, and certain architectural forms that we have studied this semester worth your time? Basically, why do we study The Iliad and The Odyssey? Why read "Pygmalion" and "Cupid and Psyche?" Why do you need to comprehend the engineering prowess of ancient Rome? Why learn about the magnificence of Gothic cathedrals? Why is Dante's "Inferno" part of our curriculum? Why discuss Islam? Why do you need to comprehend the significance of Classical cultures, such as the Minoans and Mycenaean Greeks? I could continue to ask you questions, as the list is prodigious. WHY do we study aspects of culture that are centuries old? Consider what you have learned,  what has affected you the most in our study? 

 1. Please remember that your final exam question is available below: You are welcome to seek opinions from other individuals, and use your handouts. Your response needs to pertain to aspects associated with the following:
  • literature
  • art
  • architecture
If you select to discuss aspects associated with philosophy and/or religion then extra-credit will be assigned. Yes, I know that you're required to think for the final exam, but that is, in essence, what a study in the Humanities is about.

If you were enrolled in a Humanities course 400 years in the future, what would your curriculum entail regarding the 21st century. In essence, what would you study and why from our current time period.  In essence, how do the Humanities exhibit themselves in our current culture and why are they worth studying?