HUMN303 Course Discussions Week 1

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HUMN303 Course Discussions Week 1
What is the value of studying the humanities in a business or technical curriculum…

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HUMN303 Course Discussions Week 1

HUMN303 Course Discussions Week 1

All Students Posts 73 Pages 

The Value of the Humanities – 33 Pages 

What is the value of studying the humanities in a business or technical curriculum? How might a topic such as ancient art enhance contemporary life? Think about what a business or technical curriculum typically consists of, and describe how studying the humanities could also fit into this curriculum.

Studying humanities is beneficial for a business or technical curriculum due to the fact that we will most likely be interacting with people of various backgrounds in the future.  It is designed to educate and make us aware of different cultures outside of our own. Having knowledge of our differences will help us to understand such differences like when some cultures smile when they are nervous.  There are many other aspects of humanities such as customs and religions that will make us more well-rounded individuals and more prepared to enter a work environment that has a great diversity of employees…

Ancient Works of Art – 40 Pages 

Choose a work of art from the reading in Chapter 1. Discuss how the work is a reflection of the ancient culture that created it. Also, did anything particularly surprise or impress you about the work of art or the ancient people who created it?  After having flipped through Chapter 1, choose a work of art and tell us a little about how this particular piece is symbolic, or representative of the culture that created that work of art.

I chose the ceramic pottery beaker from Iran dated between 5000 and 4000 BC.  The discovery of these types of ceramics showed a transition between cultures based on hunting and gathering versus a merging agricultural culture where these types of pottery may have been used to carry water or prepare or store food.  This beaker piece has an exaggerated ibex painted on it which may have been a symbol of plenty.  An ibex is a type of goat.  It also has some wading birds and some hounds painted on it as well.  This discovery shows that during this time people were able to make and have more fragile items that wouldn’t get broke during a hunt because they were growing their own foods.  The paintings were pretty nice to my untrained eye as well…