HUM 165 Syllabus
Division: Arts and Sciences Date: February 2014
Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Transfer degrees or A.A.S. degrees as a humanities or liberal arts elective
Course Number and Title: HUM 165, Controversial Issues in Contemporary American Culture
Credit Hours: 3 Hours/Wk Lecture: 3 Hours/Wk Lab: 0 Lec/Lab Comb: 3/0
Description: Introduces students to selected issues
in contemporary American culture. Includes topic areas ranging from
welfare reform, economic development, privacy, environmental protection and
conservation, evolution vs. creation, to family values, and special interest
lobbying in our state and national governments. Focuses on the development
of the student's critical thinking skills by analyzing, evaluating, and
reflecting on opposing sides of the same issue as expressed by public leaders,
special interest groups and academicians. Lecture 3 hours per week.
of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:
This course counts as a humanities or liberal arts elective in both
transfer and vocational programs.
III. Required background: Prerequisite ENF 1
IV. Course Content:
A. Understanding Values
B. Different Kinds of Values: economic, moral, religious, aesthetic, psychological and socio-cultural values
C. Value Conflicts
D. Understanding the Values of Others
E. Value Resolution and the Role of Evidence
F. Assessing Values and Arguments
G. Selected Areas and topics: environmental issues, medical care, suicide, war, globalization and technology, and other issues of topical interest.
V. Learner Outcomes
The student will:
A. Understand the different kinds of values that motivate persons
B. Identify their own values
C. Understand the values of others and their justification
D. Be able to explain how values conflict within an individual's world view and between individuals and cultures
E. Explain how values can be weighed and strategies for resolving value conflicts.
Students will be required to produce written assignments in which they demonstrate critical thought, an understanding of the values of others, and an understanding of their own values. Students will also be required to engage in oral assignments defined by the instructor which require them to express their views and recognize values of others.
VII. This course supports the following objectives.
DCC Educational Objectives:
Cultural and Social Understanding