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I. Describe the cultural artifacts that you chose. Consider questions such as these in your response: What is the name or title of the artifact? Who is the author or artist? What is the date or time period when the artifact was created? What is the cultural location or physical setting of the artifact? In addition, you could consider including a photograph or image of each cultural artifact, if they are visual artifacts. 
II. Identify at least one common theme that will serve as the framework of your exploration document. How is the theme expressed in your artifacts? 
III. Explain how the theme you identified is related to your personal experience. For instance, you could discuss how the expression of the theme in your cultural artifacts is connected to you personally. 
IV. Discuss a profession that could be impacted by the theme you identified. In other words, how is the theme you identified related to professional experiences? How could a working knowledge of the humanities be useful in this field? 
V. Describe at least three humanities resources that you could use to investigate your theme and artifacts. Your sources must be relevant to your theme and of an appropriate academic nature. In your description, consider questions such as the following: What are the similarities and differences in the content of your sources? What makes them appropriate and relevant for investigating your issue? What was your thought process when you were searching for sources? How did you make choices? Did you encounter any obstacles and, if so, how did you overcome them? If you did not, why do you think it was so easy to find what you needed? 
VI. Use the humanities resources that you selected to research your theme and cultural artifacts, making sure that you cite your sources. Based on your research, do the following: 
A. Discuss the relationship between each cultural artifact and its historical context. In other words, what were the circumstances under which each artifact was created? 
B. Explain the similarities and differences that you observe in the cultural artifacts you selected, in relation to the theme. For instance, do the artifacts contain any symbolism? If so, how are the symbols both similar and different? What do the symbols tell you about each artifact? 
C. Discuss the medium—such as literature, music, or sculpture—through which your cultural artifacts were created. For instance, how did the creator or creators of each artifact use the medium to convey something about the meaning of the artifact? 
VII. Based on your research, develop a thesis statement that conveys the claim you plan to make about your theme and artifacts. Your thesis statement should be clear, specific, and arguable. 
VIII. Based on your research, identify an audience that would be interested in your theme and thesis statement. For example, who would benefit most from hearing your message? 
IX. Describe how and why you can tailor your message to your audience, providing specific examples based on your research. For example, will your audience understand the terminology and principles used by humanities scholars, or will you need to explain these? How will you communicate effectively with your audience? 
X. Provide a reference list that includes all of the humanities resources you used to research your artifacts, theme, and thesis statement. Ensure that your list is formatted according to current APA guidelines (or another format with instructor permission).Cultural Artifacts:
Are you analyzing the music or the lyrics? If the lyrics you need to identify
the author and other categories of identification for literary works. If you are
analyzing the music, which recordings of the songs are you using for your
analysis?

Common Theme:
Good that you identify a common theme. However, organize your
assignment as per the template in the online classroom. In a separate section,
indicated by a sub-heading – in your own words state the common theme and
in one sentence each, briefly state how the common theme is expressed in
each artifact.

Personal Experience:
Please describe a specific event from or aspect of your personal experience
that reflects the single theme that is common to both artifacts. Avoid
generalizations.

Profession:
Clearly name a specific profession that is related to the common theme. This
need not be your profession but, rather, any profession at all…as long as it is
related to the common theme.

Humanities Resources:
You must identify (cite) and discuss three reliable academic resources. Why
did you choose each particular resource? Why do you consider each one a
reliable academic source? For example, what are the credentials of their
authors and/or publishers? How does each source contribute to your analysis,
theme and thesis?

Research Historical Context:
In a separate section, introduced by a sub-heading, describe the larger
historical context in which each artifact was created. What was the time
frame when each artifact was made? What was happening socially/
religiously/politically? In which country were they created? Please also
consider artistic style. What style are the artifacts? What are basic
characteristics of these styles and where in the artifacts do you see these
characteristics? What was the prevailing style of literature or music at the
time each was created? Do these artifacts conform to these stylistic
conventions? Were protest songs popular during each era of creation?
Describe how these contextual factors might have influenced the creation of
each artifact.

Research Similarities and Differences:
Good that you compare and contrast how each artifact expresses the common
theme! Please consider also the similarities and differences in the physical
artifacts themselves. How do they compare in length? What are their styles?
How do these styles compare? How was each recorded and disseminated? In
the same way, or differently? Do not hesitate to state the obvious!

Research Medium:
Medium is what an artifact is made of. In this section focus only on what
these artifacts are made of.
So, for the lyrics what are their rhyme scheme and meter? What language
were they originally written in? How many lines comprise the lyrics? That
sort of thing. For the music, explain instrumentation and vocalization in your
discussion of medium. Which specific instruments or vocals does each
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Blowin’ in the Wind is a song that was written by Bob Dylan in 1962. The song was a

protest song that raised rhetorical questions on peace, war, and freedom. In the song, the writer

believes the government was obsessed with war at the cost of the state of African Americans

whose rights were being violated. American Idiot is a song by American rock band Green Day

whose main theme was a protest. The song was released in 2004 at the heart of the campaign for

George . Bush’s re-election. In the song, the band conveys that mass media has resulted in

paranoia and idiocy among the public (Zolfani, Maknoon, & Juzefovič, 2017). Both songs have

used protest themes to convey a message about the American problem for equality, especially

among African Americans. Their rights have been violated while the American government is

obsessed with wars.

Both songs were written at the height of war involving Americans and other identities.

After World War II, Americans were involved in the Korean war and then went to the

Vietnamese war. Blowin’ in the Wind was written during the Vietnam War. Dylan questions,

“How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man” (Myrna, 2019). The lyrics

identifies the belief system that prevailed those days that a boy becomes a man, he should go the

war. In simple language, the United States government was involved in endless wars. Looking at

Green Day rock band’s song “American Idiot,” the same theme reoccurs again. At this time, the

United States forces are fighting in Iraq to topple the government of Saddam Hussein (Figini &

Waicelawsky, 2015). Journalist covering the war demonstrate the themes of fear and xenophobia

that justifies the cause of the war.

The songs are similar in the theme they portray and convey, but also different in the

setting. Blowin’ in the Wind was written in 1962 while American Idiot was written in 2004. Both

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artifacts used music as media and were released at the height of two conflicts involving

American forces and other countries. Surprisingly, Americans focused on solving other countries’

problems at the expense of their own, where minority communities were receiving segregations

and discrimination based on color and ethnicity (Kraaijvanger, 2017). The creators of these songs

used music to convey their message, where they released the songs that featured protests as a

theme.

In both cultural artifacts, the protest theme sought to inform the country about the

American obsession for war and its tricks to justify the human conflict. We all understand that

any form of conflict is costly, and the country employs extreme budgets to maintain wars.

Soldiers die in the war, and the effect is detrimental to their families. Wars are not important than

the rights of the minority communities. Both written choose to sensitize and, at the same time,

protest the American obsession with wars. Protest theme can impact soldiers w1

HUM 200 Project Part One: Exploration Document Guidelines and Rubric

Overview
We all share common experiences that can be generally classified within the major themes of art. Examples of these themes include love, mortality, identity,
truth, and beauty. The representation of these themes through various media reveals central beliefs shared by a common people. The comparison of objects
from the humanities with similar themes helps to uncover not only the uniqueness of each respective cultural artifact, but also a shared human consciousness
that transcends time and place.

Your project for this course has two parts. In Project Part One, you will complete an exploration document examining two cultural artifacts that you select,
identifying a theme common to both of them and developing a thesis statement related to the theme and artifacts. You will also identify an audience who would
be interested in your artifacts, theme, and thesis statement. In Project Part Two, you will develop a presentation for your audience. In your presentation, you
will discuss the impact of the cultural artifacts, theme, and thesis statement on both individuals and society, supporting your claims with evidence. You will also
explain how study of the humanities has impacted you both personally and professionally.

In Project Part One, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:

 Illustrate the impact of the humanities on personal and professional experiences

 Select appropriate and relevant resources in the humanities in investigating expressions of human creativity

 Communicate effectively to specific audiences in examining fundamental aspects of human culture

 Apply essential principles of the humanities in exploring major themes of human culture and creativity

Prompt
Choose two cultural artifacts to analyze. These artifacts may take the form of any artistic medium, such as literature, poetry, music, film, dance, painting, and
sculpture, and so on. Then, identify a common theme and compare your examples to one another as expressions of the same theme in different cultural
artifacts. Chapters 3 through 6 in the Soomo webtext will walk you through this process.

Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:

I. Describe the cultural artifacts that you chose. Consider questions such as these in your response: What is the name or title of the artifact? Who is the
author or artist? What is the date or time period when the artifact was created? What is the cultural location or physical setting of the artifact? In
addition, you could consider including a photograph or image of each cultural artifact, if they are visual artifacts.

II. Identify at least one common theme that will serve as the framework of your exploration document. How is the theme expressed in your artifacts?

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III. Explain how the theme you identified is related to your personal experience. For instance,

  
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