Drawing on the disciplines that make up the Humanities and the considerable resources at UF in support of the Humanities, this course investigates the very nature and experience of being human. Applying multi-disciplinary approaches, students consider the cost of the good life, examine how people have chosen to live as members of local and global communities, and analyze conceptions and expressions of beauty, power, love, and health.Part 1 (Individual) and Part 2 (Society) of the course consist of “gateway” readings and works, common to all sections regardless of the instructor, and “pillar” readings and works, assigned by the faculty to the students in their sections. Faculty select pillars to complement the gateways while also drawing on their own areas of interest and expertise. For Part 3, students explore in depth a Special Topic, which is developed by their professor and is the subject of their term paper. Part 3 provides a synthesis of the materials covered in Parts 1 and 2. For Part 4 (This I Believe), students reflect on what they have learned through a short audio essay.
Students are provided instruction in multi-disciplinary approaches used in the humanities to study the good life through an analysis of juxtaposed works of art, architecture, history, literature, music, religion, and philosophy.
Summer B 2018
Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
Fully online sections are available only to students enrolled in UF Online programs.
Each section uses E-Learning to post the syllabus, course materials, and announcements as well as to release grades. Students are expected to check the course page in E-Learning regularly. Registered students will be able to view course information by the first day of the semester.
IUF 1000 is taught in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS). Times and locations of the individual sections can be found in the Registrar’s Schedule of Courses.