LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities

Gagelman, Rita


COURSE TITLE: Introduction to the Humanities







DATES OF THE TERM: Oct 2, 2005 – Dec 18, 2005







The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.



Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to the Humanities is a study of disciplines and concerns that promote humanness (such as art, music, philosophy, and religion) and critical thinking; moral values, myths, love, and freedom.

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: Introduction to the Humanities has the means of freeing the student from social, cultural, and ethical parochialism through encouraging the student to pursuit truth through diversity, open mindedness, and critical thinking. The course allows a student to better comprehend humanity, develop a greater appreciation of the creativity that characterizes humanness, and adds a balanced perspective of ideas that shape human life. In short, an understanding of the humanities makes one more human.


1) On completion of this course, students should be able to identify key terms and periods of each of the following areas of the humanities: visual art, literary art, drama, cinema, and music.

2) On completion of this course, students will have a better understanding and appreciate of Western culture and values as exemplified through the various humanities.

3) On completion of this course, students will be able to compare the lack of a literalist (one with tunnel vision) with the advantage of an infinite person that is free of narrow confining thinking.

4) On completion of this course, students will be able to analyze the Apollonian and Dionysian characteristics that are a part of every individual.

5) On completion of this course, students will be able to articulate “the art of being human.”

COURSE TEXTBOOK: Richard Janaro and Thelma C. Altshuler. The Art of Being Human, Eigthed. Addison Wesley Longman, 2006.

ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: The instructor will not accept late assignments. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero.”

COURSE ASSESSMENT: Assessment will be based on a student’s understanding of visual art, literary art, drama, cinema, and music of Western culture and terms associated with the course: literalist thinking versus the infinite thinker, Apollonian/Dionysian, Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Contemporary, etc. Student assessment is achieved through class discussion, exams and reports.

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: If a student knows in advance that he/she will miss a class because of work or previous planned activities, the student needs to let the instructor know at the start of the semester. If an assignment is due during a class period when the student will be absent, plans for turning in the assignment must be made in advance. In this day an age of email there is no excuse for late papers.

Arriving late to class is both disruptive and rude. There might be times with traffic or work causes a student to be tardy. If there is a legitimate reason for being late, please let the instructor know at the break, so you will not lose points. If a student knows that he/she cannot make it to class by 5:30 because of work, the student should not enroll in the class. Students that are consistently tardy to class for whatever reason will loose 5 points for each tardy arrival in the final evaluation.

Parents going back to school often have baby-sitting problems. While I sympathize with the parent, I do not allow children in the classroom. So, please make sure you have a back up baby sitter, if your regular sitter cancels out the last minute.

DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:


Week                Date                  Topics/Assignments

1                      10/25                Introduction to the Humanities

2                      11/1                  Arts – Chapter 5

3                      11/8                  Literature – Chapter 4

4                      11/15                Theater – Chapter 7

5                      11/22                Cinema – Chapter 9

Take home midterm

6                      11/29                Music – Chapter 6

Presentations by music groups

7                      12/6                  Themes in the Humanities Part III                                            

8                      12/13                Reports on individuals

Final exam

We will only cover parts of the assigned chapter—pages assigned will be covered the first night of class.

GRADING PLAN: A student’s final grade will be determined through two exams (midterm and final). All the exams will be subjective in nature; they will cover assigned chapters and class activities. If it appears students are not keeping up with reading and discussing the chapters, short quizzes will be given.

The students will also be responsible for 1 short oral report over men and women who have contributed to the humanities and 1 short written report over a visual arts project. There will also be a group project over music. More direction on the reports and projects will be covered during the first class meeting. All assignments are weighted equally—final grade is based on total over all points broken down into the following percentages. A (90%), B (80%), C (70%), D (60%) and F (less than 60%). In the case of borderline grades, class attendance, tardiness, and participation will be evaluated.

In addition, any student who misses three classes, regardless of whether or not the absence is excused, will be administratively withdrawn.