Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Mortensen, Joan
Discipline and Number
HUMA 1301 Section 005
MWF Time 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
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:

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 20%
Final 20%
Quizzes 10%
Analytic Paper/or Project 20%
Class Participation 10%

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