Summer 2023 - HUM 101W D900

Introduction to the Humanities (3)

Class Number: 3941

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SRYC 3310, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 11, 2023
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SRYC 3090, Surrey



An introduction to issues and concepts central to the study of the Humanities. Through exposure to primary materials drawn from different periods and disciplines, students will become acquainted with a range of topics and ideas relating to the study of human values and human experience. Students with credit for HUM 101 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.



This course has three broad purposes. First, to get students thinking about certain fundamental questions of moral intelligence, as those questions arise across a range of human relationships – with one’s family and friends, with society, with oneself and (for religious believers) with the divine. Second, to alert students to some of the diverse ways in which literary texts and other cultural artefacts can generate meaning. And third, to foster an understanding of canon-formation and the pursuit of humanistic knowledge as historically conditioned processes, in which we have a role to play as interpreters and continuators.


  • Attendance and Participation 10%
  • Reading Quizzes 15%
  • Paper 1 15%
  • Paper 2 20%
  • Paper 3 20%
  • Final Exam 20%


This course counts towards a concentration in Public Engagement and Intellectual Culture for students enrolled in a Global Humanities major or minor program.

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  • Glyn Burgess, trans., The Song of Roland (Penguin Classics 1990) ISBN 9780140445329
  • Michael Frayn, Copenhagen (Anchor Books 2000) ISBN 9780385720793


  • Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, trans. by Tim Parks (Penguin Classics 2011) ISBN 9780141442259
  • Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave” and “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” (Modern Library 2000) ISBN 9780679783282


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Registrar Notes:


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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university.


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.