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Course SummaryLearn about basic humanities concepts and earn an Introduction to Humanities Certificate with this comprehensive course. By watching our short video lessons and taking our quizzes, you can earn a certificate you can use showcase your skills to current and potential employers.
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Watch fun and engaging video lessons for about two weeks and you can earn an Introduction to Humanities certificate. Explore the different stories and characters in The Canterbury Tales and discover the history and style of Byzantine, Egyptian and Persian art. Dynamic animations and on-screen graphics bring these concepts and more to life, helping you to easily retain the materials.
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Art enthusiasts, writers, researchers, artists and teachers can all benefit from this course. The course is also useful for those who enjoy learning about literature, architecture and music.
No prerequisites are needed for this introductory course.
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Introduction to Humanities Program Breakdown
Literary Terms and Techniques
Start off your course with a glossary of prose and poetry terms then learn about literary theory, symbolism in literature, allusion and methods for analyzing literature.
Literary Time Periods
In this chapter, study authors and style of literary modernism and get insight on medieval literature, including Old English and Middle English literature. Examine the Romantic period in America and key authors and works from this period.
Literature of the Middle Ages
See how the story of Beowulf unfolds in this chapter then discuss the different stories that make up The Canterbury Tales, including The Miller's Tale and The Wife of Bath's Tale.
The English Renaissance
Learn the details of the soliloquy in Hamlet before discussing the star-crossed lovers in Romeo and Juliet. Study themes from Macbeth.
Literature of the Victorian Era
This chapter emphasizes literary works from Charles Dickens', so learn about A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and more.
In this chapter, you'll study Lord Byron's poems, novels by Jane Austen and works by Emily and Charlotte Bronte. You'll also see a comparison of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein book and film.
British Literature of the 20th Century
Discuss the life and style of James Joyce in this chapter, which also introduces you to works by Virginia Woolf and Samuel Beckett.
Learn about the controversy surrounding D.H. Lawrence in this chapter before exploring his works and those by Stein, Mansfield and Pound. Also, analyze the characters and style in Mrs. Dalloway.
This chapter examines works by Percy Shelley, William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Keats and William Wordsworth.
World Literature: Drama
Study the elements of drama and the different types then learn about plays by Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller.
Poetry of the Ancient and Modern Worlds
Explore Dante's Divine Comedy, The Iliad and The Odyssey as well as works by T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe in this chapter.
Prominent American Novelists
Learn about works from Longfellow, Herman Melville, Thoreau, Whitman and Twain in this chapter. Also, discover Kate Chopin, Faulkner, John Steinbeck and Ralph Ellison.
Philosophy and Nonfiction
This chapter introduces you to ideas and thoughts from Philip Sidney, John Stuart Mill, John Ruskin, Thomas Paine, Francis Bacon and more.
History of Visual Art
Get educated on characteristics of Byzantine, Roman, early Christian, Greek, Persian and Egyptian art in this chapter. You'll study Baroque painting, Michelangelo, Gothic style and Renaissance art.
History of Architecture
Study Byzantine and Romanesque architecture then look at features of Baroque architecture, Roman engineering, and Doric and Ionic styles of ancient Greek architecture.
Elements of Music
Learn essential musical skills in this chapter, including how to read notes on the treble clef staff, determine major key signatures, build musical scales and use tempo.
This chapter teaches you about Gregorian chant and plainchant, characteristics of motets, courtly love songs and composers of the Medieval period.
In this chapter, study madrigals, sacred and secular music, dance music and Renaissance polyphony. Learn about such composers as Josquin, Dufay and Gabrieli.
The Baroque Period in Music
Find out the history of the organ in this chapter and see examples of counterpoint in the Baroque period. Study the fugue and oratorio and decorative and ornate music of the period.
Introduction to the Performing Arts
Close out your course with a look at ballet dance terminology, popular ballets and choreographers and contemporary dance.
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