HUMA 401 (1ON) - Introduction to the Humanities

Introduction to Humanities

Durham   Liberal Arts :: Humanities
Credits: 4.0
Term: Summer 2021 - Summer Session I (05/24/2021 - 06/25/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   25  
CRN: 70859
Introduction to the interdisciplinary study of the humanities. Taking as its entry point a significant work, the course is organized by topics related to that work, selected and arranged to invoke lively intellectual debate among faculty and students alike. Group lectures by the four core humanities faculty members. The instructors teaching the course will provide material for smaller weekly discussion sections led by each of those faculty members. Requirements include lively discussions, papers, and examinations. Not repeatable.
Equivalent(s): HUMA 401W
Attributes: Online (no campus visits), Humanities(Disc), EUNH
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
5/24/2021 6/25/2021 Hours Arranged ONLINE
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Why are some people “good”, and others “evil”?  Can a person be “good” in some situations, and “evil” in others? Who decides what it means to be “good” or “evil”? Does it even matter?

In this course, we will investigate the origin, purpose and impact of morality (good vs. evil) on human experience. Students will explore the development of morality in the evolution of the human race, and question the intersection of morality with biology, religion, politics, social values, and family structures from a multicultural perspective.

We will tackle questions such as whether morality is good for society, whether it is possible to have personal definitions of good and evil, and when evil behavior might be justified. Students will be given the tools judge whether historic people and events they participated in were moral or immoral, investigate morality as a philosophical concept, and use morality theory to determine when immoral acts are more or less reasonable.


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