HUM400 - Humanities: The Development of Western Thought IV

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Subject Title
Humanities: The Development of Western Thought IV

Subject Description

HUM400 extends the themes and chronology introduced in HUM100, HUM200, and HUM301 beginning with the French Revolution and extending to the contemporary world. The course focusses on the emergence of industrialism, nationalism, and modernity during the 19th Century and the influence of those broad historical currents on Western society, culture, politics, and economics. In its study of the 20th Century, the course places particular emphasis on the challenges raised by ideologies such as liberalism, socialism, totalitarianism and militarism. The multi-disciplinary approach, with its variety of lecturing faculty members, continues in HUM400. Upon completing HUM400, students will be familiar with the major historical currents of the 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 major geopolitical events of the modern period in order to trace their causes and their roles in shaping the present.
  2. Contextualize cultural and intellectual developments in modern western culture, considering their origins, their connections to contemporary political and economic realities, and/or their effects on our own world.
  3. Assess the ways in which wealth, class, gender, religion, ethnicity, and other factors have been connected to social and political power and/or marginalization in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  4. Critically analyze a variety of primary source documents to explain key ideas, perspectives, and customs in modern western society.
  5. Compose a unified and well-developed essay, supported with relevant facts and ideas synthesized from multiple sources.

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.

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

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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