LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


FA 2008 HO


Wood, Jane


Chair of the English Department


Ph.D. English--University of Kansas
MA English--University of Kansas
BA English--Univeristy of Missouri

Office Location

310 Copley

Office Hours

MWF from 11:00--12:30, and from 2:00--3:00

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Semester Dates

Fall 2008

Class Days


Class Time

10:00 - 10:50 AM



Credit Hours



Landmarks in Humanities by Gloria K. Fiero
Students may be directed to online materials as part of the assigned reading for the course.

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Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
LS211 Introduction to Humanities (MGE): 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. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The course is arranged into areas of coverage meant to invigorate your sense of what it means to be human, enliven your inquisitive spirit relative to humanities study, and illuminate the relationships among your life, the world, and patterns replicated among humans. Such rich, interdisciplinary patterns, loosely identified, form the areas of coverage for this course, which you will investigate through class discussions and exploratory writings.

Furthermore, students will emerge from the class with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the humanities. In the interest of "liberat[ing] students from intellectual, social, and cultural parochialism" we will pursue 1) an understanding of your humanness, 2) a sense of the history of human thought and creativity, 3) a perspective of diverse and contrary ideas that have shaped human life and society, and 4) an examined set of primary values that lead to an understanding of what being human means and requires of you.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Note: This is a general education (GE) course. Therefore, some of the performance objectives are specifically related to the requirements for GE courses.
  2. Students will demonstrate understanding of theories of origin, nature, and function of humanities
  3. Students will provide evidence of skill in academic research
  4. Students will demonstrate their skills in oral communication
  5. Students will demonstrate critical, aesthetic, and values literacies, in regard to humanities
  6. Students will demonstrate a more thoughtful awareness of multicultural and global considerations

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Weekly quizzes, midterm, final, team project, individual project
The team project will involve selecting an area of the Humanities and asking the "major questions" and then presenting that issue to the class. More about the team project will be presented as we go along.
The individual project will involve each student creating his/her own personal credo and presenting that in a narrative form, drawing from the ideas we will discuss in the class. More about the individual project will be presented as we go along.


Weekly Quizzes     15 %
Mid-term               10%
Final                       20%
Team Project          20%
Individual Project    35%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will lose one letter grade for each day that it is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • Please leave your cell phones/blackberries/raspberries, etc. at home
  • Bring your textbook to class each class meeting. If you do not have your text with you, you will be asked to leave the course and you will be recorded as absent.
  • Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    Weekly Schedule (Subject to Change at the Need of the Professor and/or Students)
    Week One: (August 18th) Chapter 1: Origins: The First Civilizations
    Week Two: (August 25th) Chapter 2: Classicism: The Greek Legacy
    Week Three: (after Labor Day) Chapter 3: Empire: The Power and Glory of Rome
    Week Four: (Sept. 8th) Chapter 4: Revelation: The Flowering of World Religions
    Week Five:  (Sept. 15th) Chapter 5: Synthesis: The Rise of the West
    Week Six: (Sept. 22nd) Chapter 6: Christendom: Europe in the Age of Faith
    Week Seven: (Sept. 29th) Chapter 7: Rebirth: The Age of the Renaissance
    Week Eight: (October 6th) Chapter 8: Reform: The Northern Renaissance and the Reformation
    Midterm: Friday: Oct. 19th
    Week Nine: (October 20th) Chapter 9: Encounter: European Outreach and Expansion
    Week Ten: (October 27th) Chapter 10: Baoque: Piety and Extravagance
    Week Eleven: (Nov. 3rd) Chapter 11: Enlightenment: Science and The New Learning
    Week Twelve: (Nov. 10th) Chapter 12: Romanticism: Nature, Passion, and the Sublime
    Week Thirteen: (Nov. 17th) Chapter 13: Materialism: The Industrial Era and the Urban Scene
    Week Fourteen: (Nov. 24th) Chapter 14: Modernism: The Assault on Tradition
    Week Fifteen: (Dec. 1st) Chapter 15: Globalism: The Information Age Individual Projects Due Friday
    Week Sixteen: Final: Wednesday, December 10th from 10:15--12:15.

    Academic Honesty:
    Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

    Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

    Attendance Policy:
    Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

    1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
    2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
    3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
    4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
    5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
    6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

    Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
    I take attendance at the beginning of class. If you are not in your seat when I take attendance you will be counted absent. After five absences, you will drop one letter in the course grade (this includes times when you may have been in class, but missed the attendance call.)
    After 10 absences, you will receive an "F" in the course.

    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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case 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: .


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