HUM100 - Humanities: The Development of Western Thought I

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Subject Title
Humanities: The Development of Western Thought I

Subject Description

HUM100 introduces students to the Western intellectual and cultural tradition. The course examines the origins and consequences of historical events, ideas, and concepts. Together, their legacy forms the foundation of our contemporary society. Taught by a team of Humanities specialists, HUM100 draws upon a wide variety of academic disciplines (including history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, art history, and women's studies). The course gives students a glimpse of the ancient world and a foundation for subsequent studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Credit Status
This course is required for all students in the Liberal Arts Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of the Neolithic Revolution to the gradual development of civilization.
  2. Connect the concept of “civilization” to the biases and assumptions that accompany the study of the past.
  3. Discuss ancient beliefs, values, customs, and events and their roles in the development of western civilization.
  4. Describe the important intellectual developments in the ancient world in order to highlight their significance within their own day and to later western civilization.
  5. Identify details from primary source materials in order to illustrate key ideas and customs of the ancient world. 
  6. Select relevant ideas, facts, and examples from course content in order to support a structured written argument.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.