Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Mortensen, Joan
Discipline and Number
HUMA 1301 Section 004
TR Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 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, the martial arts master and the samurai have become heroes embodying a national essence.

Required Texts:

John Allyn, The Story of the 47 Ronin
Bruce Thomas, Bruce Lee, Fighting Spirit
William B. Cody: Autobiography of Buffalo Bill-Skyhorse Publishing
Jack Shafaer, Shane
Eji Yoshikawa, Musashi - optional purchase

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

3 in class tests and one analytic paper.
Final exam
Weekly discussion boards.

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