Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
HUMA 3300: Venice fulfills two requirements for majors in Arts and Humanities. First, it is an introduction to interdisciplinary study. Second, it is the advanced writing requirement for all of our majors.
Venice was the longest-lasting republic in history, enduring for nearly 800 years. Many consider it to be the most beautiful city in the world, but aside from its attraction for tourists, it is also a locus for important achievements in art, literature, music, and commerce.
We will consider the history, art, and music of Venice over the centuries, and we will read three works that are sited in Venice.
Patricia Fortini Brown, Art and Life in Renaissance Venice.
Thomas Mann, Death in Venice.
John Julius Norwich, A History of Venice.
Shakespeare, A Merchant of Venice.
Vivaldi, The Four Seasons (cd).
a handout of selected poems about Venice.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Six short papers, each counting 10% of the final grade. A weekly short-answer quiz consisting of five questions worth up to 2 points each. I will take the top ten scores for each of you, add them, and assign a grade based on a curve; however, you must score an aggregate of 51 points or greater (out of 100) to pass the course.