Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Description
Instructor
Mortensen, Joan
Discipline and Number
HUMA 1301 Section 001
Day
MWF Time 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
Course Title
Exploration of the Humanities

Description of Course:

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.

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:

1 short analytic paper
1 mid term exam
1 final exam
1 class project

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