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



I.                   Catalog 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.

II.            Relationship 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:


VI.  Evaluation

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:
Critical Thinking
Cultural and Social Understanding