HUEN 1010: Introduction to the Humanities
This course approaches the humanities through three thematic units: Crime and Punishment, Prometheus and Technology, and War and the Human Psyche. The first unit concerns human action and responsibility, the second unit mankind's long-standing ambivalence toward technology, and the third unit warfare as a phenomenon that brings out the best and worst in human beings.

All three thematic units of this course combine a film, and readings from classical and modern literature, both fiction and non-fiction. The classical readings often involve Greek myths. These myths cut to the chase of what it means to be human, as they depict the entire spectrum of human emotion and behavior, from the most egregious crimes to self-sacrifice. Further, most modern storytellers employ archetypal narrative patterns, character types, motifs, literary tropes, etc. that derive from Greek myths. Consequently, Greek myths remain vital in no small part owing to their modern iterations.

Finally, class discussions will draw on a variety of material in addition to the readings and films, ranging from ancient sculpture, architecture and vase paintings (viewed through digital slides) to modern art and current events. More than a study of the classical tradition that considers vestiges of classical culture in the modern era, this course presumes that the past and present are symbiotically joined.