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Fine Arts: Humanities Standards

Humanities is the integrated study of history, literature, language, philosophy, the visual arts, theater, dance, and music according to culture, place, and time.

Humanities is the study of that which makes us human: what we think, how we feel, how we look at the world around us, why we act the way we do, and most of all, our ability to create.

The study of Humanities has three major goals:

  1. To understand human nature
  2. To understand human roles and behavior
  3. To understand human ideals

These three goals are realized through the Humanities Content Standards:

HU1: Human Nature: The interrelationship of the physical, psychological, social, aesthetic, and spiritual aspects of humankind. Studying Human Nature will allow the student to better understand what makes humans unique, thinking, feeling beings.

  • H1a: : The student investigates the changes and inseparability that exist in thoughts and emotions during the stages of the physical life cycle.
  • H1b: The student recognizes the interrelationships of religion, morals, ethics, and aesthetics present in the world’s societies.
  • H1c: The student examines media as a means of expressing information, thoughts, and ideals according to culture, place, and time.

HU2: Human Roles and Behavior: The direction and volition in which humans explore, think, lead, and create. The roles and behaviors of the group, individual leaders, and heroes are examined.

  • H2a: The student examines the motivational elements associated with discovery, curiosity, exploration, creativity, intuition, and logical thinking.
  • H2b: The student explains that reason and rational thought change according to culture, place, and time.
  • H2c: The student investigates the cultural ideals of leadership and heroism.
  • H2d: The student examines the media as a means of expressing information, thoughts, and ideals according to culture, place, and time.

HU3: Human Ideals: The phenomenon that humans seek perfection, however unattainable. The urge to achieve harmony through the pursuit of truth, love, justice, and beauty exists in all societies and is manifested in their art and artifacts.

  • H3a: The student explores the ideals of Truth, as defined by cultures.
  • H3b: The student analyzes the concept of Love.
  • H3c: The student defines Justice and its many cultural and societal constraints and changes.
  • H3d: The student discovers Beauty in works of art that reflect cultural, personal, and societal ideals.
  • H3e: The student examines media as a means of expressing information, thoughts, and ideals.

HU4: History and Culture: Incorporated as essential elements within Human Nature, Human Roles and Behavior, and Human Ideals, as defined by culture, place, and time.

  • H4a: The student examines media as a means of expressing information, thoughts, and ideals according to culture, place, and time (see HU1c).
  • H4b: The student explains that reason and rational thought change according to culture, place, and time (see HU2b).
  • H4c: The student examines human ideals as they change according to culture, place, and time (see HU3a, b, c, and d).

HU5: Characteristics and Merits of Work: Critical thinking, which reflects upon and analyzes the attributes of creative works.

  • H5a: The student describes and analyzes a creative work using a structured system of evaluation.
  • H5b: The student identifies potential aspects of motivation and inspiration in the production of creative works.
  • H5c: The student recognizes that meaning can be communicated through the use of symbols, themes, and ideas.
  • H5d: The student evaluates aspects of the media and its impact on the Humanities.

HU6: Connections to Other Disciplines: Making connections between the Humanities and all other disciplines.

  • H6a: The student investigates and analyzes common subjects and central ideas in creative works from different cultures, including the host nation, and relates these to other disciplines.
  • H6b: The student names and discusses traditional and technological career opportunities in the Humanities.

HU7: Technology Integration: The exploration, appreciation, and analysis of the relationships between the Humanities and technology.

  • H7a: The student explores the historical and current relationships between the Humanities and technology.
  • H7b: The student acquires and applies technology literacy to research and analyze the Humanities.
  • H7c: The student analyzes, interprets, and evaluates creative works through technology.
  • H7d: The student explores the impact that technology has had on media.

Contact Information

DoDEA Humanities Coordinator
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria VA 22350-1400
Phone: 571-372-6027