CSTU 101 Learning Activity 3

CSTU 101 Learning Activity 3 Liberty University

Set 1

Background to the assignment: At the beginning of the Medieval Age, there was a synthesis of three different cultures within Western culture. There was the classical culture, Christian culture, and pagan culture. Each made adjustments as they interacted and came together, and over hundreds of years, they finally settled into a balanced Western culture for a time period.

Description of the assignment: In America today, there is a synthesis of different cultures as well. There is the secular culture, Christian culture, and other religious cultures. In a logical discussion, describe what the balanced culture will look like in America when it finally settles. Explain in an orderly manner why you came to these conclusions. This assignment requires an opinion; you must clarify your position. If you include sources, cite them in current APA format. This assignment must be 250–300 words and must include the word count in parentheses. Submit a draft of your Learning Activity to SafeAssign for feedback a few days before the assignment is due.

Set 2

Background to the assignment: When we study culture, we are trying to identify the underlying values that are being expressed. Art offers us a very clear example of how cultures express ideas and values, and this assignment will ask you to look at Renaissance portraits with this in mind.

Description of the assignment: Go online and look at the following three Renaissance portraits: (1) Jan van Eyck, Man with a Red Turban (1433); (2) Domenico Ghirlandaio, Old Man with His Grandson (c. 1490); and (3) Raphael, The Woman with a Veil (1516). Pick one of these portraits and write a 2-paragraph essay that (a) describes the painting in your own words, and (b) demonstrates the values and ideas of the Renaissance that are displayed in this painting. Make sure you connect your essay to the ideas discussed in the textbook. Your answer should be between 250–300 words. (Include your word count.)

Set 3

Background to the assignment: The Black Death Plague hit Europe in the mid-1300s, resulting in the death of as much as a third of the population. We have seen how events such as this within a culture can have a tremendous effect on that culture.

Description of the assignment: For this assignment, go online and study more about the Black Death Plague. After you have studied this subject, list several areas of the humanities that you believe were influenced within the culture and how they were affected. Cite your sources in current APA format. This assignment must be 250–300 words and include the word count in parenthesis.

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