LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


FA 2007 HO


Myers, Audrey


MLA Sociology and Art
BS Psychology

Office Location

Norrington 1st Floor, Student Assistance Center

Office Hours

930-6 Monday - Thursday, 9-430 Friday

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 20 - December 16 2007

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 8:50 AM

Credit Hours



The Art of Being Human 8th Edition  By Richard Janaro and Thelma Altshuler
ISBN 0-321-27763-5

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Course Description:
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

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:


Homework 10 points each = 30

Exam X 3 - 40 points each = 120

Paper 50 points

In Class Assignment 10 points each = 60

Attendance/Class Participation 40 pts

TOTAL 300 Pts Possible


270 –300 = A

240-269 = B

210- 239 = C

180- 209 = D

179 and below = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Coursework is due on the date assigned at the beginning of class (unless other arrangements have been established ahead of time).  Late assignments will automatically be deducted one letter grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 Cell phones or anything resembling a cell phone are to be used on your own time, please make sure they are turned to silent or off, and not visible.

More than 2 tardy's will constitute and absence.  Books are required at each course meeting.

Attendance is expected and required.   

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Choose a paper topic or come up with your own by week 4. Paper must be 6 to 8 pages in length, using MLA format. This is critical thinking paper, with an arguable thesis. A more structured guideline will be provided for you within the first 2 weeks of class.





Week 1,

Chapter 1

You and the Humanities

Australian Dot Painting

Week 2,

Chapter 2

Myth and Origin

Hero Myth

Week 3,

Chapters 3 - 4


Current Event

Week 4,

Chapter 5

Art, Music

Poem/Nursary Rhyme

Week 5,

Chapters 6-7

Music, Theatre, Song and Dance


Week 6,

Chapters 8-9

Song and Dance, Cinema

Song and Dance Homework

Week 7,

Chapter 9 Continuted


Exam 1

Week 8,

Chapter 10


Evolution Debate

Fall Break




Week 9,

Chapter 11


Reaction paper

Week 10

Chapter 12



Week 11,

Chapter 13


Reaction paper

Week 12

Chapter 14

Death and Life Affirmation

Reaction paper

Week 13

Chapter 14 cont

Death and Life Affirmation

Exam 2

Week 14

Chapter 15


Paper Due

Week 15


Tying it all together


Week 16

Finals Week


Exam 3

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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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