HUM 1: Modern Humanities: Arts & Ideas - 3 credits, 3 hours
Course Coordinator: Professor Turnbull Co-Coordinator: Professor Ricciardi
Course Description: Through the exploration of modern century literature, drama, art, film, poetry and
music, this course places developments in the Humanities into historical context and
illustrates the continuity of culture.
College Now Description: This course introduces students to outstanding literature, art, film and music from
the beginning of the 20th century to the present. By exploring the way these subjects
are related, students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of modern American
culture and the individuals who influenced the humanities.
Explanation: The Humanities give students a chance to find a cultural identity. The study of art,
music, literature, theater, dance, film and other creative cultural endeavors in an
interrelated historical context can lead to the discovery of meaning in life beyond
the day-to-day reality of breadwinning needs-fulfillment.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will have:
1. Increased knowledge and appreciation of the Humanities as a consequence of having
read books and poetry, listened to music and viewed videos and art works from the
2. Enhanced appreciation of the creative process as it relates to the Humanities
in the 20th century and beyond.
Topical Course Outline:
1. The nature of the Humanities.
2. Why study the Humanities?
3. An overview of images from the 20th century to the present.
4. The creative process.
B. Images of Culture in the 20th Century to the Present
5. Depictions of the Modern Hero and the Anti-Hereo.
C. Humanities in the 21st Century
1. To illustrate the images of the 20th and 21st century, each instructor
will select materials from literature, music, film and visual arts, using an approved
listing which will be updated as needed.
Methods of Teaching: The instructor is expected to use a variety of approaches.
Seminar-type discussions about objects presented by instructor.
Showing art slides and videos.
Listening to Jazz and avant-garde music in class and at home, using CDs.
Reading poetry, plays, etc. in class as a group and at home.
Visiting museums and/or attending cultural events, such as concerts, plays and dance
Assignments: The instructor is expected to use a variety of assignments.
Listening to music.
Viewing art slides, videos, and live performances at concerts, plays and dance presentations.
Reading about the Humanities in course textbooks.
Writing several short papers about 20th century cultural objects.
Method of Evaluation: The instructor is required to use a variety of means for evaluating students' knowledge
and appreciation of the Humanities and the creative process, such as:
Short answer and essay-based mid-term.
Short answer essay-based final exam.
Several short papers about modern cultural objects
Suggested Textbook: Gloria K. Fiero: The Humanistic Tradition, 6th Ed., McGraw-Hill, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-07-734625-6
Required Reading/Viewing/Listening: The instructor is required to choose one or more materials from each of the following
a. Baldwin, To Be an American.
b. Bradbury, The Veldt.
c. Camus, The Stranger.
d. DiNato, Christ in Concrete.
e. Ethnic Writers in American Selections from the Harlem Renaissance.
f. Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.
g. Fitzgerald, A Diamond as Big as The Ritz.
h. Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises.
i. Hemingway, In Another Country.
j. Huxley, Brave New World
k. Kafka, The Trial.
l. Kafka, Metamorphosis.
m. Wiesel, Night.
n. DeLillo, White Noise.
o. Cooper, Briar Rose.
p. Morrison, The Bluest Eve.
q. Smiley, A Thousand Acres.
r . Patchett, Bel Canto.
s. Moore, Birds of America.
t. Erdich, Tracks.
u. Banks, The Bone.
v. Kerouac, On the Road.
w. Lawrence, The Fox.
a. Albee, The American Dream.
b. Albee, The Zoo Story.
c. Ionesco, Rhinoceros.
d. Miller, Death of a Saleman.
e. Shephard, True West.
f . Parks, Top Dog, Underdog.
g. Russell/Simmons, Def Poetry Jam.
a. The College Now Poetry Anthology which includes works by Auden, Benn, Cummings, Eliot, Owens, Rimbaud, Sasson, Stein,
Stevens, and Yeats.
1. Custom CD to Accompany Fiero Book
a. Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
b. Ravel: Bolero
c. Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht
d. Stravinsky: Rite of Spring
e. Stravinsky: Petroushka
f. Bartok: Music for Springs, Percussion and Celeste
g. Ives: Variations on America
h. Copland: Simple Gifts Variations
i. Webern: 5 pieces for Orchestra No. 3
j . Berg: Wozzeck, Act III, 4 and 5
k. Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky
l. Shostakovich: Symphony No. V, II
m.Cage: Sonatas and Interludes
n. Ligeti: Disorder from the Etudes for Piano, Bk. 1
o. Tower: Snow Dreams for Flute and Guitar
p. Glass: Company
q. Part: PASSIO (first movement)
r. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
s. Bernstein: Symphonic Dances
t. Joplin: Easy Winners by ragtime quintet
u. "The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz"
2. Instructor (CD) Library (on loan to instructor from KCC)
a. Wagner, "Overtures".
b. Debussy, "The Afternoon of a Faun".
c. Stravinsky, "Le Sacre du Printermps" and "Petrushka".
d. Shoenberg, "Pierrot Lunaire" and "The Book of the Hanging Gardens".
3. Student Listening Cassettes (on loan to student from KCC)
a. "Jazz". (Two versions of this tape are available, instructor must
b. "Blues People". (An out of print book accompanies this tape Blues People by Jones.)
c. "John Cage and Friends". (This tape is accompanied by a 33-page
student Music Supplement.)
4. The College Now Music Supplement for use by students.
C. Visual Arts
1. College Now Slide Library of approximately 150 slides (on loan to instructor
2. Lynton, The Story of Modern Art, including works by Arp, Boccioni, Braque, Dali, Degas, de Chirico, Duchamp, Ernest,
Gaudier-Breska, Grosz, Leger, Macke, Manet, Marc, Matisse, Miro, Monet, Oldenberg,
Picasso, Rauschenberg, Renoir, Schwitters, Warhol. OR
3. Hughes, The Shock of the New.
1. College Now Film Library
a. Avante Garde and Experimental Films.
b. Balanchine Ballets.
d. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Bunuel).
f. Mary Hartman, Vols. 1 and 2.
h. The Godfather (Coppola)
i Modern Times (Chaplin)
j. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubriek)
k. Koyanisqaatsi (Reggio)
l. Ordinary People (Redford)
m. Spellbound (Hitchcock)
a. Cabaret (Fosse).
b. Citizen Kane (Welles).
c. The Godfather (Coppola).
d. Midnight Cowboy (Schlessinger).
e. On the Waterfront (Kazan).
f . Pollock (Harris).
h. The Godfather (Coppola).
i. Modern Times (Chaplin).
j. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubriek).
k. Koyanisqaatsi (Reggio).
l. Ordinary People (Redford).
m. Spellbound (Hitchcock).
n . Terminator 1 (Cameron)
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