RUBRIC ONE: What does it mean to be human? 

Wednesday 9.20

Presentation of the course

Discussion of what it means to be human

Assignments to complete before Friday’s class 

1. Read the course syllabus, noting questions you have about course requirements.

3. Compose a paragraph expressing your reaction to the ideas of this TedTalk (half-page minimum); you’ll 

    turn this in on Friday.

Friday 9.22

Viewing of The Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog)

Discussion of the film

Assignments to complete before Friday’s class 

1. Read the Preface and Chapter 1 of A Beginner’s Guide to the Humanities 

2. Read "The Tragedy of Guernica,” by George Steer, Special Correspondant for The Times

3. Study Pablo Picasso’s Guernica. Consider how the painting represents the tragedy; be prepared to share

   your observations in class.


RUBRIC TWO: Visual arts

Monday 9.25

Presentation and discussion of visual arts. If you would like to study the works before class, consult the list on 

the “HUM101 Rubric Two Visual Images” page of this website.

Assignments to complete before Friday’s class 

1. Read Chapter 8 of A Beginner’s Guide to the Humanities 

2. Watch Magic of the Image: Photography Revealed (available via WCC Library "Films on Demand")

Wednesday 9.27

Visual arts, continued

Assignments to complete before Friday’s class 

Read "Early Documentary Photography." When you’ve finished reading the text, click on “See works of 

art” to view the photos.

Friday 9.29

Discussion of painting, photography, and documentary photography

Viewing of Documenting the Face of America: Roy Stryker and the FSA/OWI Photographers

Assignments to complete before Friday’s class 

A. Read and complete “Assignment 1: Research,” as explained on the "Visual Images" page of this 

website. This assignment includes a writing requirement that you’ll turn in Monday.

B. Log in to the WCC Library website and watch Documenting the Face of America: Roy Stryker and 

the FSA/OWI Photographers. Answer the following 10 questions (you'll turn this in Monday):

1. What do the acronyms RA, FSA, and OWI stand for?

2. The RA, FSA, and OWI concern what time period(s) of US history?

3. According to the film's explanation, what is the difference between propagandist photography

   and documentary photography? 

4. According to the film, why were so many Americans unaware of the poverty of so many other


5. Who were the following people? Walker Evans, Gordon Parks, Ben Shahn, John Collier,

   Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Marion Post Wolcott, Jack Delano, Richard Wright, Louise 

   Rosskam, Arthur Rothstein

6. What were some of the criticisms aimed at the FSA project?

7. How does the film represent racial injustice? Name at least 2 examples.

8. Why did Gordon Parks finally resign from the FSA-OWI?

9. Why did Stryker think the RA-FSA-OWI project file might be destroyed and what did he do to

   protect it?

10. What idea(s) linger(s) with you at the end of the film?

Monday 10.2

Documentary photography, continued

Prepare for Wednesday's exam: consult the "Exams" page of this website for details.

Wednesday 10.4: Exam 1: Rubrics One & Two



RUBRIC THREE: Literature 

Friday 10.06

Discussion of literature, the role of storytelling in cultural preservation and social change, and magic realism

Viewing and discussion of Salman Rushdie’s BigThink, ”Magical Realism Is Still Realism”

Listening exercise: “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: A Tale for Children”

Assignments to complete before Friday’s class 

1) Prepare your Creative Project proposal.

2) Read Chapter 9 of your textbook.

3) Read Gabriel García Márquez’ short story, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: A Tale for 

    Children.”    You’ll need a printed or digital copy of the story for our discussion.

4) Writing assignment to turn in Monday: Make a list of the characters in the story. Then make a 

chronological list of the events of the story. To prepare for our class discussion, think about how each 

major character appearing in the story contributes to what the author is attempting to communicate.

Monday 10.09

Presentation on magic realism and Gabriel García Márquez

Discussion of “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: A Tale for Children”

Assignment to complete before Friday’s class 

  Write your first Critical Analysis paper: consult the HUM101B syllabus for guidelines.

Wednesday 10.11

First Critical Analysis paper due

Discussion of oral storytelling

Listening/viewing activities: 1) Native American storyteller Tchin: “Rabbit’s Wish for Snow” 

                                     2) Native American storyteller Gene Tagaban: “Raven”

                                     3) Samish Indian Nation documentary video: Maiden of Deception Pass,

                                        Guardian of Her Samish People

Assignments to complete before Friday’s class 

1) Watch Native Voices–American Passages: A Literary Survey. The video is available through the WCC 

Library website (Films on Demand)Be prepared to discuss the ideas presented (i.e. take notes).

2) Read "Haudenosaunee Confederacy." 

3) Read “Hodadenon, or the last one left and the chestnut tree." Be sure to take a printed or digital 

    copy of the story to class.

4) Compose a one-page discussion of how the Hodadenon story represents the values of the 

    Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Due Monday.

Friday 10.13

No classes, college open

Monday 10.16

Discussion of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and of “Hodadenon, or the last one left and the chestnut tree”

Assignments to complete before Friday’s class 

1) Read “The Sonnet." 

2) Read Shakespeare’s “The Seven Ages of Man." 

Wednesday 10.18

Presentation on poetry, rhyme, meter, Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" 

Listening exercise and discussion: Shakespeare’s “The Seven Ages of Man” 

Discussion of Shakespearean sonnets and The Sonnet Project 

Assignments to complete before Friday’s class 

1) Listen to Akala’s TedTalk “Hip-hop and Shakespeare?”  

2) Writing assignment, one-page minimum: identify the principal ideas of the talk and your reaction to 


Friday 10.20

Discussion of Akala’s presentation

The Sonnet Project

In class group activity: Shakespearean sonnets

For Monday's class: Prepare for Exam 2 (Literature)



Required reading

Chapter 6 of our textbook

Required viewing

Sophocles' Antigone, translated and directed by Don Taylor: available for viewing via "Films on Demand" on the
WCC Library website.

Jean Anouilh's adaptation of Antigone, translated by Lewis Galantière and directed by Gerald Freedman: in-class viewing. 

National Theatre You Tube: An Introduction to Greek Theatre (in-class viewing)

National Theatre You Tube: An Introduction to Greek Tragedy (in-class viewing)

Suggested reading

Monday 10.23: Exam 2 (in class)

Assignments to complete before Wednesday’s class 

2. Write a one-page (double-spaced) summary of the interview, noting the main ideas presented by Ai 

Weiwei during the interview. Due Wednesday October 25.

Wednesday 10.25

Required in-class group creative activity today (no pre-class prep necessary)

Discussion: Ai Weiwei interview / art as activism

Assignments to complete before Friday’s class

1. Read Chapter 6 of A Beginner’s Guide to the Humanities 

2. Be prepared to discuss in class why you do or don’t connect to theatre arts.

Friday 10.27

Lecture: theatre, Greek theatre, and Sophocles’ Antigone

Assignments to complete before Monday’s class 

1. Via “Films on Demand” or "Digital Theatre" on the WCC website, watch the first half of Antigone (Don 

    Taylor production).

2. Write your review of an artistic event: consult course syllabus for details.

Monday 10.30

Your review of an artistic event is due today

Discussion: first half of Antigone

In-class viewing: first half of English translation of Jean Anouilh’s Antigone 

Assignments to complete before Wednesday’s class

1. Via “Films on Demand” or "Digital Theatre" on the WCC website, watch the second half of Don Taylor’s


2. Three-part writing assignment: A) Identify three conflicts represented in Antigone, citing the scenes in 

which each conflict is played out. B) Do you think that Antigone's choice to defy Creon shows tragic pride 

and inflexibility or heroic dedication to virtue? Explain your opinion. C) Do you think that Creon's decisions 

show heroic dedication to the well-being of Thebes and its citizens, or tragic pride and inflexibility? Explain

your opinion.

Wednesday 11.1

In-class viewing: second half of English translation of Jean Anouilh’s Antigone

Discussion: themes of Antigone and their connection to today’s world

Prepare for Friday’s exam. 

For a review list, consult the "Exams" pages of this website.

Friday 11.3

Antigone, continued discussion + group creative activity

Monday 11.6

Exam Three: Theatre (in-class exam)


Required reading

Required viewing
"The Examined Life": with Martha Nussbaum

"World Religions: Confucianism": with Stephen Prothero

Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism in China 

Two short video reviews: Aristotle's Nicomachean EthicsBook I and Book II 

Seneca on Angerwith Alain de Botton

Recommended reading (not required)

Monday 11.6 

Rubric 3 Exam in-class

Assignments to complete before Wednesday’s class

2. Writing assignment: Identify any rights from the document that you would clarify further. Explain 

how and why. You’ll turn this in Wednesday.

3. Read the Maat.pdf about the ancient Egyptian concept of Ma’at and the Negative Confession. 

4. Writing assignment: Answer the following questions (to turn in Wednesday):

a. What was the main purpose of a Book of the Dead?

b. Who was Ma'at? What concept did she represent?

c. What was the significance of the weighing of the heart ceremony?

d. According to the Negative Confession, what kinds of actions did the Egyptians consider 


e. Which point(s) of the Negative Confession do you find most important to maintaining harmony 

    within a community?

f. How does the code outlined in the Negative Confession compare to contemporary codes of morality

   with which you are familiar? 

g. Choose 3 of the confessions and re-write them to express the concept behind the confession as a 

   positive instead of a negative. Example (not from the list of Negative Confessions): "I didn't allow 

   my neighbor to go hungry."  "I shared my food with my neighbor." / "I fed my neighbor."  

Wednesday 11.8

Presentation: Ethics philosophy

Video interview with philosopher Martha Nussbaum: “The Examined Life”

Presentation: ancient Egyptian concept of Ma'at, the Book of the Dead, the Negative Confession

Assignments to complete before Monday’s class

1. Read Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Book II. 

2. Watch two short video reviews on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: Book I and Book II. 

3. Compose a one-page (minimum) discussion of at least 2 main ideas presented in the reading. You'll 

    turn this in Monday.

Friday 11.10 Veterans Day / College closed

Monday 11.13

Follow-up discussion of the principle of Ma’at and the Book of the Dead

Discussion: Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Book II and the “Golden Mean”

Assignments to complete before Wednesday’s class

2. Read the Introduction and Book IV of Robert Eno's translation of The Analects of Confucius.

3. Choose 3 analects that you find meaningful. Compose a written explanation of each, in your own 

    words. You’ll turn this in Wednesday.

Wednesday 11.15

Follow-up discussion of Aristotle’s mean

Discussion of Confucius, the Confucian Analacts, the Confucian concept of duty to others and reciprocity

Video "World Religions: Confucianism,” with Stephen Prothero

Assignments to complete before Friday’s class

1. Read "Stoic Ethics" (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

3. Compose a one-page (minimum) reaction to the ideas presented in the reading and the video. You’ll 

   turn this in Friday.

Friday 11.17

Follow-up discussion of Confucianism

Discussion of Stoicism

Monday 11.20

Stoicism discussion continued

Viewing and discussion of Alain de Botton’s “Seneca on Anger”

Assignment to complete before Monday’s class

Prepare your second Critical Analysis.

Wednesday 11.22 No classes / College open

Friday 11.24 No classes / College closed

Monday 11.27

Second Critical A
nalysis due today

Ethics philosophy group creative activity

Assignment for Wednesday

Prepare for in-class exam on Rubric Five, Ethics Philosophy.

Wednesday 11.29

Exam Four: Rubric Five Ethics Philosophy


Winding down FALL QUARTER

Friday 12.1: 
Creative Project Presentations

Monday 12.4: Creative Project Presentations

Wednesday 12.6: Creative Project Presentations

Friday 12.8 Last day of class / Quarter ends: Creative Project Narrative Essay due

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