Humanities: Prehistory to Renaissance

Syllabus Sections

Publish Date

08/23/2012 00:23:43

Humanities: Prehistory to Renaissance


Fall 2012
08/27/2012 - 12/16/2012

Course Information

Section 014
TTh 15:00 - 16:20
RVSA 2265
Desiree Ward

Office Hours

  • T
    1:45 - 2:45
    Riverside Annex 400
  • Th
    11:50 - 12:50
  • Th
    4:40 - 5:50

Brief version of syllabus

Note: This is not the Syllabus in its complete form. The information given is meant to give a general idea of what the course will entail. A full Syllabus will be given in class on the first day of class. The Syllabus is subject to change, and students will be notified of any changes.



Austin Community College

Humanities 1301 section 014

Prehistory to Renaissance

Fall Semester 2012:August 27 – December 16

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 – 4:20 p.m.

Riverside Campus Room 7003


Instructor:Desirée L. Ward

Phone: 512-223-1790  (leave message: When the system answers, press # for “Express Messaging.” Then enter 26710 followed by # to get to my mailbox.)


Office hours: Tuesdays: 1:45 - 2:45 p.m. and by appointment

Office location: Portable Building 4000


Course Description

“A study of representative samples of literature, art, performance, and music of various periods and cultures from the prehistory through the Renaissance. The study of the interrelationships of the arts and their philosophies emphasizes an understanding of human nature and the values of human life.” (From the ACC Course Catalog)


This Humanities course is an interdisciplinary examination of arts, culture, and ideas from prehistory through the Renaissance. Students will investigate key concepts and creations and the thinkers and creators that shape the eras covered in the class. Students are encouraged to think critically and creatively to develop a greater appreciation of what constitutes the human condition.


Required Text

Matthews, Roy T. and F. DeWitt Platt: The Western Humanities Vol. 1, 7th ed.


Matthews, Roy T. and F. DeWitt Platt: and Readings in the Western Humanities Vol. 1, 7th ed.


Supplemental Material: Handouts, Course Links, etc. distributed in class and via Blackboard.


Recommended: Audio CD that accompanies the textbook


Instructional Methodology

There will be class discussions, presentations, daily assignments and activities, quizzes, and exams, collaborative projects, some reaction papers, and short research paper. Many assignments will be submitted through Blackboard. Assignments and how to conduct discussions will be explained in class.


Course Rationale

The study of the Humanities from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective affords the student the opportunity not only to acquire a deeper appreciation of particular works of art but also to gain a larger perspective on the work of art as an expression of the human spirit in a particular time and place.


Course Objectives/Outcomes

Discipline Outcomes

1)      Students will recognize key works of literature, art, music, and architecture from the time periods covered in class.

2)      Students will be able to discuss the interrelationship between art, culture, and ideas in their social and historical context.

3)      Students will engage in critical thinking about art and culture


Instructor Objectives

From taking this course, students will be able to do the following:


1)      Identify key terms, people, works, and ideas in the eras we cover in the class.

2)      Discuss the contextual influences that shape art and culture.

3)      Gain interpretive skills for offering an integrative approach to analysis of art.

4)      Develop an understanding of how we construct the story of our past.

5)      Write papers demonstrative of college-level writing using the MLA format.

6)      Use the academic databases for research.

7)      Interact with classmates to discuss ideas, questions, and concepts covered in class. 



Matthews, Roy T. and F. DeWitt Platt: The Western Humanities Vol. 1, 7th ed.


Matthews, Roy T. and F. DeWitt Platt: and Readings in the Western Humanities Vol. 1, 7th ed.


Supplemental Material: Handouts, Course Links, etc. distributed in class and via Blackboard.


Recommended: Audio CD that accompanies the textbook

Course Eligibility



There are no prerequisites for this course. A passing score or the equivalent on the reading portion of the TASP is required. You should also be comfortable using the Internet.