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FINE-102 (Arts, Culture and Ideas) includes a series of interdisciplinary topics introducing
students to ways the humanities and their arts address thinking about what is human—diverse
histories and cultures, imaginations, values, words and dreams. Each course approaches
cultural achievements in historical settings showing political, social and economic influences
and focusing on at least three of the following areas of the humanities appropriate to the period
of history and the specific culture being studied: architecture, criticism, dance, ethics, film,
literature, music, painting, philosophy, photography, religion, sculpture, or theater.
This section of FINE-102 focuses on lands around the Aegean Sea from around 5000 BCE to 300 BCE.  Students will look at architecture, painting, sculpture religion - and especially mythology from several of these early cultures in order to make connections between these societies and our own.

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Credits:             3
Fees:                $30
Prerequisites:     Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121.
Instructor:         Heidi Vornbrock Roosa

Overall Course Objectives

Once you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Respond to experiences and the environment through the arts by developing knowledge, skills, and sensitivity to analyze works.
  • Demonstrate the ability to select and analyze ways artistic expression reflects social, political, and ethical issues in historical, cultural, and social contexts.
  • Apply criteria to aesthetic decision making and to formulate, apply and communicate criteria for evaluating performance and creative efforts.
  • Identify and/or describe components of the culture or subculture being studied.
  • Analyze factors which contribute to the development and/or integrity of the culture or subculture being studied.
  • Analyze the culture from the perspective of that culture or subculture.
  • Raise and address fundamental questions repeatedly explored in the humanities and arts throughout history, and reach original insights into contemporary issues and problems by clarifying these questions in writing and through oral presentations.
  • Explain how the human achievements, expressions and values of the specific culture or subculture studied contributed to the quality of life of the common man in that culture or subculture.
  • Articulate ideas about a culture other than the student’s own, the diversity with which human beings have creatively expressed themselves and have found for learning how to live and to achieve together and to prosper.
  • Articulate goals and values human beings hold in common which lead us toward shared humanity.
  • Demonstrate active listening skills by objectively restating, in his or her own words, material which has been verbally transmitted.
  • Demonstrate the physical ability to speak effectively so that the receiver(s) can understand the ideas being expressed.
  • Communicate an abstract or concrete idea so that the receiver(s) clearly perceives the intended message. This will include the ability to express a point of view which is not the student’s own.
  • Effectively deliver a formal presentation in front of a group.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate using appropriate language.
  • Develop the knowledge skills and sensitivity to make aesthetic judgments.
  • Identify, describe, apply and communicate personal criteria for assessing creativeworks.
  • Discuss the interrelationships among the fine arts and other forms of cultural expression in the humanities and the sciences.
  • Explain how the works of art created by a culture or subculture reveal ultimate values of that culture or subculture more powerfully than other human artifacts.
  • Specific Course Section Objectives
  • Define myth
  • Identify artifacts from Aegean lands from as early as 5000 BCE to 500 CE.
  • Analyze myths from early and classical Greece—especially those about Crete.
  • Identify themes from Aegean artwork and myth.
  • Relate themes to ancient Aegean cultures.
  • Recognize the same themes reflected in modern civilization.

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Major Course Topics

 • The ancient World—artifacts, stories and themes from the Aegean.

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Course Format

This course:

  • Is not self-paced.
  • Does require two on-campus meetings; students will be required to attend in person one time in the second half of the semester to deliver their presentations—and a second time to take a final exam.
  • Does not require real-time chats—but does require participation in weekly threaded discussions as described in the course pages.

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This course does not have a face-to-face orientation. Students should consult the orientation posted on the course homepage. Students who encounter technical difficulty should consult the helpdesk as described on their WebCT pages. Students who have questions about course content or procedures should contact the instructor through the course e-mail or via phone as posted above.

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Course Requirements

  • Review the “What you should know before you register” section of the eLearning Homepage.
  • Students will be required to attend in person one time during the second half of the semester to deliver their presentations.
  • Students will be required to attend a second time to take a final exam at the HCC test center.
  • Students will be required to research and post a “websearch” essay as described in the course.
  • Students are expected to participate in a weekly threaded discussion.

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Texts and Materials


Edith Hamilton Mythology (Available in several different paperback editions – any is fine.)
Donald Preziosi, Louise A. Hitchcock Aegean Art and Architecture, Oxford University Press
Curtis Runnels, Priscilla M. Murray Greece Before History, Stanford University Press (paperback is fine)
• Buy your textbooks from our online Bookstore, or visit our Bookstore. (Maps)

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

  • Review the Technical Requirements link above. Use the Plug-Ins link above todownload and install the following plug-ins which are required for this course:
  • Internet Explorer
  • PowerPoint Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Real Player
  • Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word

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For purposes of verification and assessing learning outcomes, this course has a proctored final exam at the HCC Test Center for students in the local region or at a regional institution for remote students. The exam will have a flexible (week) window of time during which it needs to be taken rather than a single date and time.

If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to the eLearning office,

Last updated on 3-Oct-12

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