LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


F2J 2007 PV


Gagelman, Rita

Other Phone

816-561-1535 evening


Semester Dates

October 22, 2007 to December 15, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours



Richard Janaro and Thelma C. Altshuler. The Art of Being Human: The Humanities as a Technique for Living, eighth ed. Addison Wesley Longman, 2005.

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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

Educational Philosophy:
  Higher education is so much more than a means to a higher paying job—this is especially true at a liberal arts college. A liberal arts education provides a student with the opportunity to explore topics that they might not have at other institutions of higher learning. Courses in the humanities and other disciplines of the liberal arts enrich and expand an individual’s intellect and awareness in ways most students cannot image at the time they take the course—sometimes that realization comes years after the degree has been completed. As a college instructor of the humanities my personal educational goal is to open doors allowing a student to experience the joy of critical, open-minded thinking—to encourage students to break free of narrow parochial beliefs. 

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:

Assessment will be based on a student’s understanding of visual and literary art, as well as drama, cinema, and music of Western culture. The student should come to understand terms associated with the course: literalist thinking versus the infinite thinker, Apollonian/Dionysian, Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Contemporary, and themes of happiness, freedom, and morality. Student assessment is based on class discussion/participation, mid-term and final exams and 3 reports.

  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, 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:
The instructor will not accept late assignments—with the availability of email there is no excuse for late assignments. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero.”

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.

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:

WK1          10/23    Introduction to the Humanities; Ch 12 Happiness pgs 484-501

Wk2          10/30    Arts – Chapter 5 pages 141-191

Wk3          11/6      Literature – Chapter 4 pages 134-137; Ch 15 Freedom pgs 586-607

Wk4          11/13    Greek Drama – Chapter 7 pages 259-269; Take home midterm

Wk5          11/20    The Cinema – Chapter 9 Conventions of Film & A Word on Critical View; Ch 11 Morality pgs 445-450

Wk6          11/27    Music – Chapter 6 reading chapter optional; Presentations by music groups                      

Wk7          12/4      Controversy of the Arts – Individual reports

Wk8          12/11    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 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: .

Additional Information:

This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.


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