COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: HU/LS211
COURSE TITLE: Introduction to the Humanities
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: GE
TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: U1J05
NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Rita Gagelman
TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Adjunct Instructor
FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS:
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DATES OF THE TERM: June 6, 2005 – July 31,
CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Tuesday
CLASS SESSION TIME: 5:30-9:50
CREDIT HOURS: 3
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
Park University will be a renowned international
leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the
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
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.
On completion of this course, students will have a better understanding
and appreciate of Western culture and values as exemplified through the various
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.
On completion of this course, students will be able to analyze the
Apollonian and Dionysian characteristics that are a part of every individual.
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: The Humanities as a Technique for Living,
seventh ed. Addison Wesley Longman, 1999.
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
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
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:
Introduction to the Humanities
Arts – Chapter 5 pages 144-188
Literature – Chapter 4 pages 104-127
Greek Drama – Chapter 7 pages 240-257
The Cinema – Chapter 9 pgs. 321-325; 333-337
Take home midterm
Music – Chapter 6 pages 199-218
Presentations by music groups
Controversy – Chapter 15 pages 543-557
Start reports on individuals
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.
any student who misses three classes, regardless of whether or not the absence
is excused, will be administratively withdrawn.