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Creating an Interdisciplinary Humanities Minor for Career-Focused Students
Christopher Caver, National-Louis University

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HUM 305: Art and Power (Course or Curricular Material)
Title: HUM 305: Art and Power
Author: C. Martin Caver
Abstract: This course is an introduction to aesthetics, the philosophical study of beauty. Specifically, we will examine beauty’s relationship to the political sphere. We will begin by examining some theories of aesthetic judgment, before turning to look at the relationship between art and politics, the way art is central in both propaganda and protest, and how we make sense of art’s relationship to political power. In particular we look at aesthetic movements such as the Black Arts Movement (BAM), the Chicano movement, and others to evaluate how aesthetic judgment relates to political judgment.
Year: 2020
Audience: Undergraduate

HUM 306: A People's History of Chicago (Course or Curricular Material)
Title: HUM 306: A People's History of Chicago
Author: Bethany Harding
Abstract: This course examines the history and culture of Chicago through the experiences of ordinary people of all races and backgrounds who have lived and worked here. How did Chicago go from a minor outpost on the frontier to a major metropolis? What social and cultural conditions inspired Chicago’s great artists, writers, and activists, and how did those individuals drive the events that define the city’s past? What made Chicago into a cradle of progressivism, home to racial and social justice movements that have inspired the nation and the world? These and other questions inform our study of the “City of Big Shoulders.”
Year: 2020
Audience: Undergraduate

HUM 311: In Search of the Meaning of Life (Course or Curricular Material)
Title: HUM 311: In Search of the Meaning of Life
Author: Sarah Syed
Abstract: This course engages with the following fundamental questions: What is the meaning of life (and death)? What is the value of life? How do we define death? What aspects of our humanity are visible in how we confront life’s temporal limitations? Students in this course apply philosophical theories to humanistic exemplars from history, art, and literature. They do this through a variety of student-centered activities, close readings of texts, and in-class debates. In particular they are called to reflect on their own experiences and encounters with birth, life, and death, grappling with the status of both our natality and our mortality.
Year: 2021
Audience: Undergraduate