How do science & technology, religion & philosophy and the arts (music, poetry and the fine arts) impact culture and explain what it means to be human?
The texts in the course are organized by the following units:
Cultures Under a Microscope: Science & Technology
Guiding Question: How do science, technology and economics impact culture?
Full-length Text: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Selections: Alexander Solzhenitsyn, W.H. Auden, Shu Ting and Stanislaw Lem
Cultures Influencing Other Cultures
Guiding Questions: How do people use the fine arts to express ideas about their culture? What happens when a culture comes in contact with new ideas and a new culture? How does music bring meaning to life and unite all cultures through common influences?
Full-length Texts: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and Surviving Picasso (film)
Selections: Thomas Mann's short story "The Infant Prodigy." Hip Hop songs. Excerpts of Francoise Gilot's memoir, My Life with Picasso, which is the basis of the film Surviving Picasso.
Religion & Philosophy Impact Culture
Selections: World Masterpieces philosophy pieces from Plato, Blaise Pascal, Dante, Rumi, and Albert Camus. Literary analysis of sacred texts found in World Masterpieces will include selections from Genesis, Pslams, Upanishads, Rig Veda, Bhagavad-Gita, and the Koran.
Student Choice Literature Circles
Guiding Question: What does your choice novel say about culture and being human in terms of science, religion, philosophy, art, music and poetry?
Select one of the following full-length texts:
Last Summer of Reason by Tahar Dajout
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Snow by Orhan Pamuk
Full-length Text: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
NOTE: In addition to the short selections listed above, World Literature I integrates an ongoing study of poetry, including examining standard poetic forms such as Chinese Shih, Japanese Tanka and Haiku, and sonnets.