Humanities 8 B

How can an understanding of art, myth, symbol and worldviews open my eyes to valuable lessons from history and make life’s journey more fulfilling?

Why Take This Course?

Humanities 8 B

Humanities 8 B enters the world of art and music.

Great leaders are able to step out of the worldview that dominates the times in which they live, and apply truths to improve the world around them. They are able to open up the lines of communication by recognizing the worldviews of others. Understanding our own worldview can better help us distinguish between our core values and beliefs, and the cultural beliefs and pressures around us. Accessing truths from history can be done quickly and with clarity by putting on the “glasses” of the worldview of the time. In this Middle School Humanities course, students gain the keys to understanding any given worldview, including decoding myth, symbols, and art.

Expedition: Worldview

Throughout the term we examine the “lenses” or worldviews that shape ourselves, societies and the world. The worldviews we consider include the Classical era, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romanticism and Modernism. We examine the ingredients that contribute to each worldview, and the influence of art on shaping society. Throughout the term we complete projects that to deepen our understanding of each worldview. At the end of the term, we compose a piece of art that reflects our own personal conclusions about the role of art in society, and embodies our own definition of “Art.”

Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4
How does an understanding symbols, myths and worldviews give me greater and more authentic access to history and its lessons? What valuable lessons can I learn about the human journey by watching the pendulum swing from the Classical to the Medieval worldview?What lessons can I learn about the power of the mind and the heart through a study of the Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romantic and Victorian eras?What do I think of the today’s worldview, and can I make choices about which parts of it I will and won’t embrace?
Why are symbols so powerful?Am I willing to grow and access more truth by putting on the glasses, or worldview of others?What were the values included in the Renaissance worldview?What does the world look like through the glasses of Modern and Postmodern worldviews?
What is the role of great myths in society?What can I learn about Classical values by studying their art, myths and symbols? How can understanding how to listen to music help me get more out of it?What have I learned from Murder in the Cathedral?
What is the Hero Cycle?How did the Greeks and the Romans influence the world, including the Founding Fathers? What can I learn and share about the views and lives of the Enlightenment philosophers?What values do you feel should be shared in art of all kinds (film, visual, literature, fashion) in your world?
How can understanding the Hero Cycle help us be more courageous in our approach to life?What did I learn from Till We Have Faces?Why is understanding economics important for understanding worldviews?What will I do differently because of the things I learned this semester?
What is a worldview?What were the values of the worldview in the Middle Ages?How can art help us understand the Romantic worldview?Am I caught up on all my projects, assignments and readings from the semester?
Can I decode and understand the values embedded in a worldview through the symbols and myths of others?What were the core values in the Victorian Era?

Texts for Live Course

C. S. LewisTill We Have Faces
Phil G. GouldingClassical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and their 1,000 Greatest Works
John Green and Paul NegriOptional:
Great Composers Dover History Coloring Book
(Honors) T. S. EliotMurder in the Cathedral
(Honors) Rick RiordanPercy Jackson's Greek Gods

Texts & Materials for the Self-Paced Version

  • Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and their 1,000 Greatest Works by Phil G. Goulding
  • Great Composers Dover History Coloring Book
    by John Green and Paul Negri
  • Till We Have Faces
    by C.S. Lewis


  • Recommended Grade: 8th
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: Classic: 6 Hours / Honors: 8 Hours
  • Format: Live/Self-Paced
  • Credits: 0.5
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