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Humanities

Complete course descriptions can be found in the Grenfell Campus section of the Calendar. The University Calendar is the authority for all course information. ​

Humanities 1001 - Humanities and the Contemporary World

Humanities and the Contemporary World is a study of contemporary ideas found in movies, popular music, television, comic books, graphic novels, and cultural phenomena such as

professional sporting events and fashion. The course will also focus on the mastery of composition skills.

Note: The course is a designated writing (W) course. The course has no prerequisites.

Humanities 1002 - Six Texts That Changed the World

Six Texts That Changed the World is a study of six texts which have helped shape the world we live in. Current texts were are reading are Aeschylus' Eumenides, Plato's Republic, Descartes' Meditations, Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality, and Beckett's Waiting for Godot. The course is designed to develop the skills of reading, writing, and interpreting.

Note: The course is a designated writing (W) course. The course has no prerequisites.

​Humanities 2000 - Texts that Changed the World II

Texts that Changed the World II is a continuation of Humanities 1002 (but Humanities 1002 is not a prerequisite).  We focus on political thought from the renaissance through the modern era and examine how developments in the understanding of what it means to be human inform the social and political world.

Note: The course is a designated writing (W) course.  The course has no prerequisites.

Humanities 2001 - The Ancient World

The Ancient World is an exploration of the great ancient civilizations of the Near East, Greece, and Rome and their role in shaping Western culture and society.

Note: The course is a designated writing (W) course. The course has no prerequisites.

Humanities 2002 - Thought and Society in the Medieval World

Thought and Society in the Medieval World examines thought, art, spirituality and politics through the writings of such figures as Dante, Chaucer, Hildegaard, and Catherine of Sienna. This was the time of the Crusades, the Black Death, and the rise of Islam. Historical-cultural watersheds such as these will be our focus.

Note: The course is a designated writing (W) course. The course has no prerequisites.

Humanities 2010 - Themes in Humanities (Interdisciplinary Seminar)

Themes in Humanities (Interdisciplinary Seminar) is a seminar course in which a specific theme - love, evil, God, war, sexuality, skepticism and others - is explored through various disciplines, including literature, history, philosophy, physics, biology, music, and visual art. It is a team-taught course with guest lectures from professors throughout the arts and sciences contributing under the direction of one Humanities professor.

Note: The course is a designated writing (W) course. The course has no prerequisites.

Humanities 3001 - The Early Modern Period

Revolutions in Self and Society. The period from 1450 to 1650 includes the European colonization of the Americas, the decline of feudalism, and the Golden Age of Piracy.  We will explore the roots of our world through Decartes, Kant, and other "system-builders" as well as Calvin, Martin Luther and Isaac Newton.

Note: The course is a designated writing (W) course. The course has no prerequisites.

Humanities 3002 - The Modern World

This course examines emerging conceptions of the modern self and its expression in philosophy, science, political revolution and constitution, visual art and literature during the period 1650-1850.

Note: The course is a designated writing (W) course. PR: 9 credit hours in Humanities with at least 3 credit hours at the 2000-level

Humanities 3010 - The Nature of Interpretation

The Nature of Interpretation introduces students to central concepts and debates concerning the nature of meaning and interpretation as they pertain to music, literature, the visual arts,

and various other phenomena (e.g., religious experience, pop culture). Students will gain familiarity with contemporary and historical approaches.

Note: The course is a designated writing (W) course. The course has no prerequisites.

Humanities ​3020 - Humanities and the Environment          

            

       

This course ​is an examination of the human understanding of the natural world from the perspectives of the literary arts, the visual arts, and music and religion.

Note: It is a designated writing (W) course. PR: 9 credit hours in Humanities with at least 3 credit hours in at the 2000-level

Humanities ​​3021 - East Meets West - Asian Traditions and the Humanities

      

This course is an examination of the influence of Asian currents of thought in the West in literature, philosophy, the visual arts, music and popular culture. Note: This is a designated writing (W) course. PR: 9 credit hours in Humanities with at least 3 credit hours in at the 2000-level

 

Humanities 3100 - Contemporary Indigenous Ideas

We will do critical readings of modern-day Indigenous thinkers, such as Harold Cardinal (Cree), Linda Smith (Maori), Dian Million (Athabaskan) and Thomas King (Cherokee/Greek) on a range of topics and philosophical questions. Through this course you will become competent in identifying contemporary Indigenous thought, giving it critical readings, and understanding the context(s) in which contemporary Indigenous thought is created. We'll also use videos and music to explore the roots of Indigenous thought.

Note: The course is a designated writing (W) course. The course has no prerequisites.

Humanities 3101-3109 - Special Topics

These courses have a range of special topics in Humanities. PR: 9 credit hours in Humanities with at least 3 credit hours at the 2000-level
Humanities 3101 - Six Women Who Changed the World

We will focus on six women whose ideas had lasting influence such as early feminist Mary Aspell, Czarina Alexandra of Russia, Margaret Thatcher, Mother Teresa. We will also introduce other

female figures of significance.

Note: The course is a designated writing (W) course. The course has no prerequisites.

Humanities 4001 - Humanities in the Post Modern World

The Postmodern World: Authority and Rebellion is a study of the rapid change that has been occurring from the Industrial Revolution to our modern digital world. This course explores

major developments in culture, thought, the arts, and science. We will study thinkers such as Jacques Derrida and Roland Barthes, and novelists such as Thomas Pynchon and Don

DeLillo.

Note: The course is a designated writing (W) course. The course has no prerequisites.

Humanities ​4010 - Authors, Events, and Texts      

       

 

This course ​is a seminar course in which themes having common interest to the Humanities will be discussed from the perspectives of the various disciplines. This course focuses on close readings of its subject matter and is distinct from theme-oriented courses in Humanities. The course is a designated writing (W) course.

CR: the former HUMN 4000

PR: 24 credit hours in Humanities including HUMN 3010

Humanities 4020-4029 - Special topics

These courses have a range of special topics in humanities.
Humanities ​4950 - Independent Project (Directed Research)      

       

Students ​will complete an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member or members.

Note: Topics must have the approval of the Program Chair of Humanities. PR: 24 credit hours in Humanities including HUMN 3010

Chair, Humanities

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: AS332E
Phone: (709) 637-6200 ext. 6309
Email: bwills@grenfell.mun.ca