Fall 2021 - HUM 101W D100

Introduction to the Humanities (3)

Class Number: 4384

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM



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 will provide students with an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of studies called the humanities from a global point of view. It will focus mainly on those books, films, works of art and music, that articulate an interpretation of what a “good” human life might look like against the backdrop of momentous socio-historical transformations. A key assumption of this course is that the so-called great texts of the humanistic tradition ought not to be viewed as resulting from detached or isolated philosophical, literary or artistic reflection but represent the best attempts to come to terms with profound and wrenching personal and social traumas. While grounded in the Western humanistic tradition, it will also open a dialogue with Indian, Black radical and Indigenous forms of thought.


  • First essay (5 pages) 10%
  • Second essay (7 pages) 15%
  • Third essay (9 pages) 20%
  • Participation 20%
  • Presentation 15%
  • Portfolio 20%



Bhagavad Gita: 978-0609810347
Plato, Last Days of Socrates (Penguin, 2010)
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 978-1781397183
Machiavelli, The Art of War 978-0226500461
Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy 978-0199540549
Leanne Simpson, Dancing on Our Turtle's Back 978-1894037501
Angela Davis Autobiography 978-0717806676

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.