Western Culture – CSTU 101

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A survey course which concentrates on the development of Western Culture. It is an integrated study of the visual, performing, and literary arts, and the discipline of philosophy that permeates all the arts. The scope of this course is broad, including the ancient world up to and including the modern world.




The study of the humanities is foundational to a liberal arts education. This course will provide a study of what culture is and how values shape the character and direction of a culture. Everyone is (in part) the product of culture, so studying culture is one of the ways the student can understand himself or herself better, especially in relationship to the world. Such studies are especially important to Christians, who are in, but not of, the world (John 17:14–16), and who are called to be “salt” and “light” within their culture (Matthew 5:13–15).

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the types of visual, performing, and literary arts that make up the Western canon.
  2. Define the key intellectual achievements that have shaped Western thought.
  3. Analyze the central values that have defined and shaped Western culture.

    General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes: Civic and Global Engagement (CGE)
  • CGE 1: Identify the main features of a worldview, assessing the cultural, political, economic, and industrial implications.
  • CGE 2: Relate government and/or culture to various aspects of life.
  • CGE 3: Apply the Christian principles and general practices for effectively engaging people from different social and/or cultural backgrounds.
  • CGE 4: Describe the impact of a person’s global perspective on evangelism and cross-cultural engagement.
  • CGE 5: Relate the human experience within various civic and global structures to participation in the redemptive work of God

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 275–350 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be 125–150 words. Outside sources are not required, but any cited sources must be in current APA format. (MLO: B, C; FSLO: CGE 1, 2, 3, 5; CIL 3; CT 3, 5).

Learning Activities (4)

Each Learning Activity must be 250–300 words in which the student applies what he or she has learned in a creative way. Any cited sources must be in current APA format. (MLO: A, B, C; FSLO: CGE 1, 2, 4 CIL 3; CT 3).

Essays (2)

For each essay, the student will watch a video provided in the course and then write a response answering an assigned question. Each essay must be 150–200 words in which the student applies what he or she has learned in a creative way and must be in current APA format. (MLO:C; FSLO: CGE 4).

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material, including presentations, for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 30 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 40 minutes. A weekly Review Study Guide will be provided to help in organizing material. (MLO: A, B, C; FSLO: CGE 1, 2, 3, 5).