HUM200 - Humanities: The Development of Western Thought II

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Subject Title
Humanities: The Development of Western Thought II

Subject Description

HUM200 extends the themes and chronology introduced in HUM100 through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The course focuses in particular on the rise of Christianity and its influence on medieval thought and society, on feudal society, on the emergence of the Western European kingdoms, and on Renaissance Humanism. The multi-disciplinary approach, with various lecturing faculty members, continues in HUM200. Upon completing HUM100 and HUM200, students will be familiar with many of the elements that laid the foundation of the early modern world.

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. Analyze the causes and consequences of major socio-political structures and historical events of western society in the 1st to 16th centuries CE.
  2. Explain the historical importance of major social and intellectual developments in the west between Late Antiquity and the Renaissance.
  3. Discuss areas of continuity and/or discontinuity between Late Antiquity, the Medieval world, and Renaissance Europe.
  4. Explore historical perspectives and biases by comparing Medieval Western Europe with surrounding cultures during the same period.
  5. Examine a variety of primary source materials to identify key ideas and customs in Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and/or the Renaissance.
  6. Support a structured written argument with relevant facts and ideas synthesized from lectures and other course content.

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.

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.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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