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Humanities

Morton College's Humanities courses provide students with the opportunity to develop a framework through which they can examine the the human experience and world cultures through art, philosophy and literature. Humanities courses help fulfill degree requirements and provide the basis for further study of the many disciplines included in coursework.

Humanities Courses

This course surveys film, drama, music, literature, painting, sculpture and architecture from the standpoint of historical context, elements distinctive to the art form, form as related to meaning, and critical and evaluative approaches. This course applies to the IAI General Education Core Curriculum Fine Arts and Humanities package.

This course enables students to explore the triumphs and tragedies of the Human Experience. The interconnections of history, philosophy, and literature are presented in this introductory study. Topics include the family in historical perspective, language, youth, the American national character, human relations and rights, the human environment, myth and mythology, morals, free will, religion and ethics. Interpretive reading and critical thinking objectives are emphasized through class discussion and written essays. Selected readings from historical texts, short philosophical essays, drama, and fiction form the basis for discussion. A variety of media is used to achieve course objectives. Lecture three hours per week. This course applies to the IAI General Education Core Curriculum Fine Arts and Humanities package

This course is a historical and critical survey of motion pictures from their inception to the present. Topics include film as an art form, social and technical aspects, production methods and discussion and critique of selected films. Lecture three hours per week. This course applies to the IAI General Education Core Curriculum Fine Arts and Humanities package

Students will explore the history of Latin America from pre-Columbian times through the present using historical documents: journals, diaries, codices, etc. The origins of indigenous Latin American cultures and their adaptations to and influence on Western cultures will be examined. The impact of Spanish conquest and colonization on these groups will be traced through modern times, and their influence on contemporary Latin American society, as well as on immigrants living in the United States. Political, economic and social factors will be considered along side literature, art and music. Classroom instruction takes place in English. Students may choose to read some supplementary texts in English or in Spanish. Lecture three hours per week. This course applies to the IAI General Education Core Curriculum Fine Arts and Humanities package

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