World Foundations II

Course Description

World Foundations II is the second half of a two-course sequence that examines great world civilizations through literature, art, music, philosophy, and history. 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. Taking both FDWLD 101 and FDWLD 201 can substitute for the requirement to take FDCA 101 and a 200-level FDCA course.

Contents & Topics    
  • Renaissance Art, Worldview, and Music
  • Reformation
  • Hamlet
  • Counter Reformation and Baroque Art
  • Baroque Music, Enlightenment
  • Candide
  • Neo-Classical Art
  • Classical Music
  • French Revolution
  • US History
  • 19th Century Worldview/Art
  • Romantic Music
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Neo-Imperialism
  • Egypt
  • World War I
  • Modern Art
  • Modern Music
  • World War II
  • Cold War
  • Orwell's 1984
  • Neo-imperialism: Arab/Israeli conflict and Iran
  • and Fahrenheit 451.
Goals and Objectives


    1. General and specific understanding of various Redemption Patterns and Moral Truths
    2. Understand historical contributions from 15th century to modernity (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 201 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
  • Completion of FDWLD 101 with a D- grade or higher
Semesters Taught

Winter, Spring, Fall

Course Lead

Jerry Hansen
Jerry Hansen