Western Culture – CSTU 101

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 04/07/2022

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. (Formerly HUMN 101).

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

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).

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each prompt. 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. (CLO: B, C; FSLO: CGE 1, 2, 3, 5; CIL 3; CT 3, 5).

Learning Activity Draft Assignments (4)

The Learning Activity Draft Assignments will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.  This assignment will allow students to submit a draft of the final submission and make any necessary edits prior to submitting the final assignment.

Learning Activity Assignments (4)

Each Learning Activity Assignment 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. (CLO: A, B, C; FSLO: CGE 1, 2, 4 CIL 3; CT 3).

Essay Draft Assignments(2)

The Essay Draft Assignments will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.  This assignment will allow students to submit a draft of the final submission and make any necessary edits prior to submitting the final assignment.

Essay Assignments (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 200–250 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. (CLO:C; FSLO: CGE 4).

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn 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. (CLO: A, B, C; FSLO: CGE 1, 2, 3, 5).