Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > UW Tacoma Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Anne Beaufort
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

The humanities are academic disciplines that study the human condition, using methods that are primarily analytic, critical, or speculative, as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural and social sciences. Examples of the disciplines in the humanities include literature, history, philosophy, religion, film, and visual and performing arts.

In this course, we center our intellectual inquiry around the theme, "Searching For Identities." What does it mean to “find your identity” in your social, ethnic, and inner worlds? How do you answer the question, “Who am I?” We’ll explore these questions throughout the course—in the readings, discussions, and creative projects—both visual and written.

Student learning goals

• increase understanding of facets of your identity and others’ identities through course readings, writing, and reflective techniques such as freewriting, “mark-making,” and other visual forms of expression

• read with increasing analytical skills in several genres—poetry, memoir, short story, creative nonfiction, and drama. Discover implied meanings, notice craft techniques, acquire an expanded vocabulary.

write with greater skill in several genres: reading response, annotated bibliography, short creative nonfiction, multimedia script, and reflective essay

ncrease your research skills, using primary sources and academic databases to get info about the social/cultural/historical contexts for course texts and your family’s history

General method of instruction

this class is a seminar, not a lecture course, which means you’ll have reading and/or writing homework for every class session and be expected to participate actively in every session.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

1. smaller homework assignments that relate to readings and the course projects 2. family history power point project 3. inner/outer identity project (writing creative non-fiction or creating a 3-D art piece) 4. reflective essay

25% homework and class participation 30% family history power point project 30% inner/outer identity project 15% reflective essay/mini portfolio


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 Anne Beaufort
Date: 03/15/2010