GED 120
Introduction to Humanities (Humanities/Fine Arts)
Online Course

GED 120 Introduction to Humanities (Humanities/Fine Arts)

3 Semester Units

Introduction to Humanities explores human values through an examination of the arts including painting, architecture, literature, cinema, photography, and the performing arts. Along with the study of history and philosophy, the study of various artistic genres—from different time periods—should also be seen as important resources to a better understanding of human society, its values, and even the values of individuals and groups who participate in artistic outlets and experiences.

Course Objectives

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

  • Examine the relationship between criticism and the participative experience.
  • Define value and the distinction between intrinsic, extrinsic, and intrinsic-extrinsic values.
  • Discuss the importance of knowing the cultural and political implications (background information) in approaching a work of art.
  • Explore the concept of participation as it applies to identifying a work of art.
  • Analyze how different artistic media can interpret the same subject matter in different ways.

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