Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Description
Instructor
Mortensen, Joan
Discipline and Number
HUMA 1301 Section 003
Day
MWF Time 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Course Title
Exploration of the Humanities

Description of Course:

Dragons, Cowboys and Samurai

This class explores the cross cultural connections between America, China and Japan by studying the historical origins and significance of cowboys, dragons and samurai as cultural icons. Students will compare and contrast three genres of film and literature: the western, the martial arts tale and the samurai story. Students will investigate in what ways the cowboy, martial arts master and samurai have come to be “heroes” embodying a particular national essence. Students will also have the opportunity to study how these figures have evolved into transnational “heroes” in movies such as Star Wars and the anime Cowboy Bebop.

Required Texts:

1)John Allyn, The Story of the 47 Ronin- Tuttle Publishing
2)Bruce Thomas, Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit-Blue Snake Books
3)Jack Shaefer, Shane-Bantam Books
4)William B. Cody: An Autobiograpy of Buffalo Bill Cody
5) Benjamin Hoff: The Tao of Pooh

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

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