Published on March 9, 2014
A Presentation on HUMANITIES
INTRODUCTION The importance of humanities lies in studying & understanding what makes a community different from your own. It is the study of different cultures involving their philosophy, music, literature, art, religi on etc. Humanities can first be used to understand the past which has created the present
The contribution of science to human society changes with time and progress. Exploration of human condition through communication & interpretation, providing us with stories, ideas & words that helps us to make sense of our world, does not change.
The term HUMANITIES refers to those disciplines of knowledge which are broadly concerned with human thoughts, creative expressions & culture. They are classified as non science academic disciplines.
The following disciplines are recognized as a part of humanities: Language & Literature Philosophy Religion History Visual & Performing Arts
INTRODUCTION • Technology is a form of knowledge. It is not to be equated with tools or equipments or machinery. • It isn't always confined to humans. In fact many animals also use technology. • It is not just intelligence, but the practical implementation of that intelligence
It is distinguished on the basis of the 3 types of knowledge: – Knowing – Doing – Making or manufacturing Supersonic flights, single click communication around the globe, remote range warfare, genetic engineering - products of technology.
SOME DISCIPLINES OF TECHNOLOGY: Information technology Transportation technology Media Technology Medical technology Space technology etc.
IS it possible to keep calling ourselves "human" if we can only appreciate technology? IS asking yourself for the meaning of life a waste of time? WHAT will happen when nobody takes their time to think about ethics? IS math the only source of values we can think of??
A society is any form of association of people possessing common interests, values or goals. It is a large social group sharing the same geographical or virtual territory subject to the same political authority. Humanities help us to design what is important in our own lives. Humanities emphasize the role of meaning, purpose & goals.
HUMANITIES Provide Insight Into Everything Help Understand Our World Bring Clarity to the Future
Through exploration we learn how to think creatively & to ask questions. These skills allow us to gain new insights from poetry, paintings to business models.
Researches adds our knowledge about our world. Through different works we learn about the values of different cultures, about history also give us tools to imagine the future.
WHAT IS EDUCATION? Education - any act that has a formative effect on the mind, character and/or physical ability of an individual. Process by which society deliberately transmits its accumulated knowledge, skills & values from one generation to another. Humanities courses are meant to teach us about analysis & critical thinking with particular regard to human condition.
CHOOSING A HUMANITIES CAREER – CURRENT SITUATION Science and Technology related careers are considered more "practical and money-earning” Harsh economic reality - Cannot take risks with an ”unsure” career. A humanities education doesn't hold up to an economic cost/benefit analysis when compared to a focus on science and technology.
IMPORTANCE OF HUMANITIES Critical thought A sense of self Knowledge - not only of world history, but of the history of human thought In the technical world: cross-cultural understanding broaden mentality and be more accommodative of differences enrich our existence
Prepare us to fulfill our civic and cultural responsibilities. Provide insightful understanding into moral, ethical, political and ideological forces. Evaluate and emphasize the importance of altruism, charity, civility, compassio n and generosity in a successful society. Key to a full and meaningful life.
Provide tools for extending the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge and techniques we learn. The study of humanities , both in its pursuit and the perspective it provides, rewards us with the skills needed for self-critical reflection, adaptability and selfteaching. These are needed to be an independent learner, thereby extending one’s scientific knowledge throughout his/her professional career.
Strengthens our communication skills and work with others. We gain knowledge of foreign languages and cultures. With globalization, this is a requirement for a successful career. Helps us understand the impact that science, technology and medicine has had on society and understand the future scientific needs of society. Literature, history and philosophy shed light on the influence science has had on the quality of people's lives and on the shaping of society.
Inform us of society’s needs and are important considerations for us to appreciate and learn from. Interdisciplinary learning adds value to one’s degree. The true value of a certificate is derived from what we have put in our head and heart. A broad knowledge that includes the essentials of humanities is an important complement to scientific training.
Teaches us that the supposedly sharp boundaries that separate science from humanities do not really exist. Allows us to become familiar with and use the creative ideas from great minds outside of science.
The study of humanities teaches one how to study and look at how the past developed and how it has created a profound impact on today’s world. It allows people of different cultures to come together. This study is ongoing and continual, constantly involving and shaping.
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