Social Action and Humanities
Cross Functional Instructional Areas:
Literature, Languages, Philosophy, Religion, Musicology, Art, Global Studies
When one thinks of Social Action, it is important to consider what time period is being referred to in relation to the term. Humanities are academic disciplines that study human culture. However, in the Middle Ages, divinity referred to classics and were the main area of secular (non-spiritual) studies in universities at that time. Today, the humanities have a different focus: ancient and modern languages, literature, philosophy, religion, art, and musicology.
Today, in high schools, humanities classes usually consist of English Literature, Global Studies, and Art.
Isn’t it interesting how one word, one study, could change course over time? In this course of study and creation, you will have the opportunity to determine what aspect, time period, element, and aspects of humanities you are most interested in discovering and then, deciding what you want to do with your discoveries! Would you like to paint, write, sing, make music, create a book of your studies, and invest your time in the wisdom of something that you have discovered that you would then want to find a new way to share with others? The humanities provides so many different ways of looking at human culture, as well as art, language, literature, philosophy, religion, etc. Consider the opportunity to look through the lens of History at people in another time period, another culture, another experience, and how you could best express what you have come to understand, or even, what you still question.
What to Expect:
In this particular journey, get ready to discover the humanities in many different ways: from artwork, to music, to philosophy, to language and creative writing, to music, to global studies, and to literature. Using your chosen viewpoint, think about what you would like to create as a result of your tour through your chosen area of work in the humanities: would you like to create something of your own? Would you like to collaborate with others to display and communicate the best of all of your talents for a showcase? Would you be interested in digging more deeply into the research of something that has always fascinated you, but now, you have the resources, and the time – right at the edges of your fingertips – to dig right in? There will be experts and there will be resources. There will be time for you to ask questions, and to think about what you want to do, and then, there will be time to do it! In the end, there will be the opportunity to showcase your work, your thoughts, ideas, and opinions at an event created, just for you.
What You Will Do:
Students will have the opportunity to avail themselves to many different elements of the humanities, through the internet, through film, through field trips, and through speakers who will come to share their own experiences, and insights. Students will have the opportunity to make decisions, based upon their own interests, to discover if they would like to work alone, with a partner, or with a group of people or, on a number of projects that they feel will represent the talents and interests that they have and by which they have been most inspired. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions, investigate their personal interests, and pursue their own ideas to cultivate as their final products for display at the final event. You will have an opportunity to evaluate your own work by using criteria that guide the work of most professional writers, inventors, and other creative people.