Human Values

This component introduces students to fundamental choices facing humanity, including goals of human existence, norms of behavior, and aesthetic standards and will focus on a variety of important traditions of thought and expression relating to philosophy (HP) or literature (HL) in order to help students appreciate the complex issues involved in the development of systems of values. Courses must critically examine texts that articulate significant questions, debates, and approaches concerning human values. Outcomes include:

  • think systematically, analytically, and objectively about the issues of values posed in the texts (HL)
  • think critically and logically about values posed in ethically profound texts (HL)
  • contribute to scholarly discussions of texts that shape values (HL)
  • articulate aesthetic or ethical theory
  • engage in critical discussions and inquiry about the texts that raise these issues (HL)
  • formulate aesthetic or ethical standards based on their study 
  • explore ways for constructive interaction and engagement in a pluralistic society with competing and conflicting systems of values
  • constructively debate competing values
  • demonstrate awareness of historical, cultural and social factors that have influenced and continue to shape the formation of values
  • understand history and sociology of value formation
  • practice methods of integrating various dimensions of civilization
  • the ability to write and speak articulately about values latent and explicit in texts
  • understand and interpret religious and philosophical ethical paradigms
  • practice using methods of religious studies and philosophy to understand morality
  • practice using methods of rhetorical analysis for interpreting values expressed in speech and writings
  • practice using rhetorical methods for expressing values