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Saturday, 09 April 2016 02:15

Humanities: Mr. Folkerth


  • Students will develop critical thinking and higher level thinking skills as they tackle challenging material
  • Students will be asked to defend their position on various topics both in class and on written assignments
  • Students will be introduced to a variety of Western philosophies through Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder: specifically the range of philosophers will include pre-Socratic Greeks through Jean Paul Sarte.
  • Students will create an ideal community based on the various concepts and philosophies learned in class
  • Students will learn about the roots of rock and roll from spirituals through to the music of today and how the music reflects and is a product of its given time period
  • Students will be introduced to the concepts of jazz music
  • Students will be exposed to and learn to identify different periods of art as well as the artists themselves

Week One:  Students are introduced to the concept of logical fallacies.  These fallacies will be the lens from which they will analyze and evaluate the various concepts, philosophies, and ideas expressed throughout the course.  Students will begin reading Sophie’s World with the understanding that at the end of the semester they are to construct an ideal community based upon the various readings.  Students will be working in groups for the community project and will meet as a group in and outside of class. During this week students will be introduced to the Natural Philosophers, Democritus, and Fate.

Week Two: Students will now look at Socrates, Athens, and Plato.  In addition we will be listening to various spirituals and looking at parallels between song structures of yesterday and today as well as the purpose of songs then and now.

Week Three: Blues and country roots of rock n’roll: Howlin’Wolf, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Hank Williams. SW Aristotle

Week Four: 50s rock: Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Roy Orbison, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.  SW Hellenism

Week Five: Continue 50s rock. SW Indo European and Semitic Cultures and The Middle Ages

Week Six: Folk Boom 1960-1964: Kingston Trio and Bob Dylan. Continue SW Indo European and Semitic Cultures and The Middle Ages

Week Seven: SW The Renaissance and The Baroque Descartes, Spinoza, and Locke

Week Eight: Hume, Berkeley, and Bjerkely

Week Nine: The Enlightenment and Kant

Week Ten: Romanticism and Hegel

Week Eleven: Kierkegaard and Marx

Week Twelve: Darwin and Freud

Week Thirteen:
Existentialism, Jean Paul Sartre and Albert Camus

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