LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


F1J 2008 PV


Gagelman, Rita


Senior Adjunct Faculty


Master in History
Master in English

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Semester Dates

Aug 18, 2008 to Oct 12, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM



Credit Hours


Richard Janaro and Thelma Altschuler.  The Art of Being Human: The Humanities as a Technique of Living, 8th ed.  Addison Wesley Longman.

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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:

Typically a student is required to take a certain number of the liberal arts classes when attending a liberal arts college. Chances are a few of you or all of you are in this class because you need a humanity class to fulfill a requirement. Regardless of why you are in Intro to the Humanities there is value in taking the class. If you are an inquisitive person, Intro to the Humanities can answer some pertinent questions that will add to both your education and your humanness. A few questions that we will be probing the first session include what exactly are the humanities, how did humanities come to be part of higher education, what role does the humanities play in a 21 Century person’s life and why is the textbook entitled The Art of Being Human

I hope in this class and other classes you take at Park that you discover that seeking a higher education is not just about finding answers but about discovering more and more questions that you need answered. I firmly believe it is when one begins to question that knowledge is gained. As you question you seek answer that lead you to knowledge. In turn, that knowledge produces more questions and searches for more answers.   Throughout your life seeking knowledge should be a never ending cycle of questions—answers—knowledge.

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:

Class assessment will be based on five assignments.  There will be two exams: a take home mid term and in-class last night final. More will be said about the exams when we get closer to the exam dates. There will be a theme assignment over the visual arts that will require a visit to the Nelson Museum. There will be an in-class assignment over literary arts focusing on literary themes of certain works. The performing arts assignment will be a partner assignment focusing on both the form and content of different music genre. These assignments and the due dates will be covered the first night of class.


A student’s final grade will be determined through two exams (midterm and final) and three additional assignments. The exams will be subjective in nature covering assigned chapters and class discussion. The additional assignments will include one short oral report covering thematic topics of the visual arts, a group report over content and form of the humanities, and a short written report over themes found in various art forms. Complete directions on the assignments will be covered during the first class meeting. All assignments are weighted equally, but they do vary in the number of points each one is worth. The final grade is based on total points accumulated during the semester 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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

In this electonic age there really are no excuses for late assignments.  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.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


Habitually 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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

One 8/19 Introduction to the Humanities
Two 8/26 Chapter 2 Myth and the Origin of the Humanities
Three 9/2 Themes: Beauty, Happiness, Love & visual art themes Parts of Chpts 12 & 13


9/9 Themes:Morality, Death, Freedom & literary art themes Parts of Chpts 11, 14 & 15
Five 9/16 Watch a Greek Drama - Take home midterm
Six 9/23 Content & form found in the performing arts
Seven 9/30 Modern and Post-Modern Art Themes & Controversy of the Arts
Eight 10/7

 Visual art reports & Final exam

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

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