World Foundations I

Course Description

The first half of a two-course sequence that examines great world civilizations through
literature, art, music, philosophy, and history.

Course Contents & Topics   

Two aspects of this course give it power. First, the integration of disciplines-literature, art, architecture, history, religion, philosophy, music, and politics-in our study of various civilizations should produce a rich appreciation for the immense potential of the human spirit. Second, the use of two themes-redemption and moral revelation-throughout the two courses will provide a point of view that can help you, the student, make connections between the cultures, civilizations, and periods of time that we study and explore how God strives with his children to help them reach their potential.
Topics Include:

    • Temple Pattern
    • The Fall
    • Judaism
    • Mesopotamia
    • The Epic of  Gilgamesh
    • Greek History, Art and Music, and Religion
    • Oedipus the King
    • Greek Philosophy
    • Foundations of Rome
    • Excerpts from Livy's Ad Urbe Conditia
    • Roman I: Republic & Roman II: Empire
    • Excerpts from Augustine's Confessions
    • Medieval History 1 & 2
    • Medieval Music/Cathedrals and Mass A and B
    • Islam & Excerpts from the Qu'ran
    • Moral Revelation
    • Hinduism
    • Buddhism
    • Excerpts from Dante's The Divine Comedy
Course Outcomes


    1. General and specific understanding of various Redemption Patterns and Moral Truths
    2. Understand historical contributions up to 15th the Century (history as context for our lives)
    3. Understand relationship of civilization (just society) to Redemption (Religious ritual and myth)
    4. Contextualized historical overview of several civilizations
    5. Appropriately evaluate the ways in which a civilization's art, architecture, music, drama, and literature reveal its values, redemptive rituals, moral truths, and concepts of social justice  
    6. Demonstrably increased ability to evaluate cultures, literatures, music, arts, philosophies and religions to better understand different cultures, traditions and perspectives
    7. An increased ability to 'see through the eyes of another' who is very different from oneself   

Attitudes / Values

    1. Increased willingness to look for and acknowledge moral truths found in other cultural and religious traditions.
    2. Increased awareness of self as a learner applying tools and applying articulated processes to the business of learning
    3. Willingness to engage other cultures or traditions with a conscious attempt to manage biases and prejudices inherent in one's own culture
    4. Greater appreciation that the Gospel encompasses all truth  
Course Requirements

World Foundations 101 emphasizes foundational reading, writing and thinking skills.

Course Prerequisites
  • Completion of FDENG 101 with a D- grade or higher
  • Completion of FDAMF 101 with a D- grade or higher
Semesters Taught

Winter, Spring, Fall

Course Lead

Jerry Hansen
Jerry Hansen