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Amos Nascimento
T CORE 124
Tacoma Campus

Introduction to Humanities

Introduces students to university work by focusing on a core curriculum from multiple and interdisciplinary perspectives. Emphasizes learning in the humanities, including literature, music, art, philosophy, and history. Offered: Sp.

Class description

This course studies the theoretical and practical importance of ideas and their consequences in everyday life. Focuses on readings on the history of ideas, emphasizes the variety of cultures, contexts, and philosophical ideas around the world, promotes student awareness of intellectual diversity, and stimulates experiences and research on the impact of philosophical ideas on contemporary society.

Student learning goals

a) Recognize basic philosophical ideas in the history of world philosophies;

b) Discuss key schools, thinkers, and concepts in a variety of philosophical traditions;

c) Understand and value the variety of philosophical ideas and their multicultural impact;

d) Connect traditional philosophical questions to contemporary issues;

e) Explore the practical impact of philosophical ideas in the Puget Sound region;

f) Develop one’s own project using philosophy as a tool for the study and practice of new ideas.

General method of instruction

This course will include lectures by the instructor and seminars involving discussions of assigned readings. Students should read the assigned texts and be prepared to have an informed participation in these discussions.

Recommended preparation

This course requires successful completion of TCORE activities in the Fall and Winter quarters 2010-2011.

Class assignments and grading

a) Introductory letter and periodical reports (10%); b) Journaling and public presentations (10%); c) Participation in discussions (20%); d) Written Tests/Quizzes (20%); e) Research project and presentation on a selected theme (20%); f) Final paper (10 pages/2,500 words) on theme presented in class (20%).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Amos Nascimento
Date: 03/28/2010