For this assessment, complete the following:
- Compile a list of twenty significant cultural developments from the past. You may use the Personal Significance activities (linked in the Resources under the Capella Multimedia heading) to help assemble this list:
- Describe the cultural developments you noted and then evaluate their application to modern life.
- Notice any compelling themes here. Are there any common themes or persistent forms of expression, or especially vital historical periods among your choices? Think about what the items you selected say about who you are and what gives your life meaning.
- Consider how these developments impact your everyday life in a personal way. The cultural background of humanities disciplines provide some structure, of course, but what really matters are your own feelings, perceptions, thoughts, and decisions.
- How does an understanding of the humanities impact your life?
- How do you integrate the philosophical, religious, and aesthetic values of the humanities into daily living?
This essay will be an intensely personal one; make it a worthwhile exercise.
- Written communication: Should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
- APA formatting: Your paper should be formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.
- Length: 8–10 typed and double-spaced pages.
- Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
Identify a list of twenty significant cultural developments from the past. Write 8–10 pages in which you evaluate the developments’ significance in history and to your everyday life.
This assessment allows you to demonstrate your ability to think critically about the past and to understand its significance to modern life.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
- Competency 1: Describe the historical development of the humanities from the pre-historic era to the present.
- Identify significant cultural developments from a variety of historical eras.
- Assess the influence of past expressions of the humanities on present-day life.
- Competency 2: Examine the forms of expression that instantiate the arts and humanities.
- Describe the forms of expression that instantiate the arts and humanities.
- Competency 3: Integrate the humanities with everyday life.
- Explain how the arts and humanities affect everyday life.
- Assess the role of philosophical, religious, and aesthetic values in everyday life.
- Competency 4: Communicate effectively in forms appropriate to the humanities.
- Write coherently to support a central idea in appropriate format with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics.
Applying the Humanities in Daily Life
Study of the humanities properly includes crucial features of contemporary life: social and political movements, scientific and technological achievements, literary and artistic developments, and ecological and terrorist challenges. Indeed, we can see all of these by looking at today’s newspaper. But let us also think about how to project ourselves forward, into the future. How shall our own expression of the humanities proceed? What feelings, perceptions, thoughts, and decisions should guide the decades to come?Following this historical review of the contributions made by those of previous centuries, we would do well to keep in mind two inclinations that often have contrary effects on human judgment. On the one hand, we like to believe that our achievements over time constitute progress, that our understanding of the world and of ourselves is always moving forward, and that the future can only be even brighter than the present. On the other hand, we commonly suppose that the future holds unique threats, that things are not as good now as they were during some past golden age, and that they are bound to become even worse in the days to come. Hope for the future and nostalgia for the past are likely to appear at both the cultural and the personal levels.
Perhaps, most of us will find the deepest meaning for our lives when we follow both paths. We can select past contributions that most inspire us to create a better future for ourselves and the generations that follow. May the integration of the humanities into our daily lives honor what has been, celebrate what is now, and help us choose what is to come.
Questions to Consider
To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.
As we face the challenges of a global culture that relies on nearly instantaneous transmission of digital information, consider characteristics should we expect from leaders in the future.
- What have you learned by studying the contributions made by exceptional individuals of the past during our study of the humanities. Also, think about your own personal and professional experiences. (As a CRITICAL CARE NURSE)
- What crucial skills will be most essential for the leaders of tomorrow? What are you doing to develop those skills today?
The following resources are required to complete the assessment.
Click the links provided below to view the following multimedia pieces:
- Personal Significance: Classical | Transcript.
- Personal Significance: Medieval | Transcript.
- Personal Significance: Renaissance | Transcript.
- Personal Significance: Modern | Transcript.
The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.
The following resource provides a brief reminder of past contributions to the humanities, presented through the lives of individual characters from history. A series of open-ended questions serve as the start of a conversation with your instructor that should serve to improve your ability to express the role the humanities play in your personal and professional life.
The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course:
- Epstein, M., & Klyukanov, I. (2012). The transformative humanities: A manifesto. New York, NY: Bloomsbury.
- Hoffman, S. J. (2011). Teaching the humanities online: A practical guide to the virtual classroom. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.
Course Library Guide
A Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the HUM-FP1000 – Introduction to Humanities Library Guide to help direct your research.
Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have been either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.
- Malinowski, S. (2009). Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata (animated score, 1st mvt.) piano solo. Retrieved from
The resources listed below are relevant to the topics and assessments in this course. Unless noted otherwise, these materials are available for purchase from the Capella University Bookstore. When searching the bookstore, be sure to look for the Course ID with the specific –FP (FlexPath) course designation.
- Fiero, G. K. (2016). Landmarks in humanities (4th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
- Chapter 15.