Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Mortensen, Joan
Discipline and Number
HUMA 1301 Section 003
MWF Time 10:00 AM - 10:50 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:

Tentative Reading List
John Allyn, The Story of the 47 Ronin
Eiji Yoshikawa, Musashi
Bruce Lee, The Tao of Gung Fu
William Cody, The Autobiography of Buffalo Bill

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Journal Postings: 20%
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 20%
Analytic Paper/or Project 20%
Class Participation 10%
Quizzes 10%

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