Humanities (HUMN) 360

East Meets West (Revision 1)

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Temporarily closed, effective October 19, 2015.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: HUMN 200 (HUMN 360 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HUMN 200.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HUMN 360 has a Challenge for Credit option.

Overview

HUMN 360 uses primary texts to examine the philosophy and literature of ancient India and ancient China, and then investigates some of the ways these Eastern ideas have influenced certain modern Western thinkers. The course focuses on the way Eastern concepts and values can bring into sharp relief political, economic, and human dilemmas currently facing the industrialized West. The principal religions and philosophies discussed are Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, together with short works by such European and American writers as Hermann Hesse, Aldous Huxley, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Robert Pirsig.

Outline

Part 1: Four Western Novelists

  • Unit 1: Hermann Hesse's Search for the Way
  • Unit 2: Robert Pirsig's Quest for Quality
  • Unit 3: Aldous Huxley's Island of Sanity
  • Unit 4: Ursula Le Guin's Allegory of Alternatives

Part 2: Ancient India

  • Unit 5: The Hindu Tradition
  • Unit 6: Buddhism

Part 3: Ancient China

  • Unit 7: Confucianism
  • Unit 8: Taoism
  • Unit 9: Review

Part 4: East Meets West

  • Unit 10: East Meets West

Part 5: Endings and Beginnings

  • Unit 11: Endings and Beginnings

Evaluation

To receive credit for HUMN 360, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Essay 1 Essay 2 Midcourse Test Final Exam Total
15% 30% 15% 40% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Textbooks

Hesse, Hermann. 1971. Siddhartha. New York: Bantam.

Hesse, Hermann. 1972. The Journey to the East. New York: Bantam.

Huxley, Aldous. 1972. Island. New York: Harper and Row.

Le Guin, Ursula. 1976. The Word for World is Forest. New York: Berkely.

Le Guin, Ursula. 1975. The Dispossessed. New York: Avon.

Le Guin, Ursula. 1973. The Lathe of Heaven. New York: Avon.

Lin Yutang, ed. 1971. The Wisdom of China and India. New York: Bantam.

Pirsig, Robert. 1976. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. New York: Bantam.

Other Materials

The course materials include a study guide and student manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the HUMN 360 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) on the entire challenge examination.

Part I: Exam Part II: Exam Total
50% 50% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

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Updated May 18 2016 by Student & Academic Services