LS212 Introduction to the Arts

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LS212 Introduction to the Arts


S1J 2008 PV


Ventresca, Thomas J.


Senior Instructor


M.A. English, Pittsburg State University
M.A. Counseling, University of Missouri-Kansas City
B.A. English, Rockhurst University

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Semester Dates

January 14-March 9, 2008

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Credit Hours



The Art of Being Human, Richard Janaro and Thelma Altshuler (Pearson Longman) Eighth Edition

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Course Description:

A study of the common elements in the visual, verbal and performing arts and how they reflect values of different cultural periods.  The course also includes a survey of themes, genres, and the representative work in classical, romantic, and modern art forms.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of critical thinking and exploration based readings, films, lectures, dialogues, writings, presentations, and students' insights.  The facilitator will engage each learner in a lively discussion of issues and challenges, and how these ideas and insights can improve professional careers and personal lives.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the connections between art and other facets of society
  2. Develop an awareness of the impact of art on individuals and society
  3. Analyze elements of a variety of art genre
  4. Research an art subject and show evidence of collection, synthesis, and formulation of a thesis

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Students will be evaluated by seven reflection papers on the chapter readings, two reports on the readings, one final paper/presentation, and attendance.  There will be opportunities for field trips, particularly to the Nelson Art Gallery and the Kemper Museum. The papers will explore major themes in the chapters that can help the students improve their personal and professional lives and increase their appreciation of the arts.

The final will be a major critical paper of no fewer than five pages, which will include research and MLA documentation.  This final paper will focus on major themes (of interest to the student) that connect three or more of the disciplines studied during the semester.  The final should be handed in at the end of the semester in both hard copy and electronic form.

All papers should be typewritten, double-spaced.  Name, title and number of the assignment, and date in the upper right hand corner.  Students may rewrite their graded papers.  Hand in the rewritten paper by the next class (include the original stapled underneath the rewrite).  The scores of the two papers (the original and the rewrite) will be averaged to get a new score.  The content, the organization (opening, body, close) and the mechanics (grammar, punctuation, spelling) of the papers are very important.


Seven reflection papers (5 points each, 35 total points).  Two reports on readings (5 points each, total 10 points).  Final paper/ presentation (15 points). Participation (5 points). Perfect attendance (3 points), one class missed (0 points), two classes missed (-6 points), three classes missed (dropped from class and/or -12 points).

A = 58-69

B = 46-57

C = 35-45

D = 24-34

E = 0-23

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late papers may be subject to a reduced grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will be expected to honor the following rules of conduct: (1) only one person speaks at a time, (2) no side conversations while someone else is talking, (3) give full attention to person speaking, (4) treat others as you would like to be treated (respect shown to everyone in the class).

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

January 15
Overview, Introductions, Syllabus, Assignments, Read Chapter 1 "Exploring the Humanities."
January 22
Read Chapter 2 "Myth and the Origin of the Humanities" and Chapter 3 "Struggles of the Humanites."  Themes of Myth (Chapter 2) and Religion (Chapter 10) in the Humanities will be discussed.  Student presentations on 
chapters.  Reflection paper #1 on Chapter 2 due.
January 29
Read Chapter 4 "Literature."  The themes of Literature (Chapter 4) and Morality (Chapter 11) will be discussed.  Student presentations on chapters.  Reflection paper #2 on Chapter 4 due. Planning for field trip to Nelson Art Gallery and the Kemper Museum.
February 5 
Read Chapter 5 "Art."  The themes of Art (Chapter 5) and Happiness (Chapter 12) will be discussed.  Student presentations on chapters.  Reflection paper #3 on Chapter 5 due.
February 12
Read Chapter 6 "Music."  The themes of Music (Chapter 6) and Love (Chapter 13) will be discussed.  Student presentations on chapters.  Reflection paper #4 on Chapter 6 due.  Reflection paper #5 on field trip to Nelson Art Gallery and the Kemper Museum due.
February 19
Read Chapter 7 "Theatre."  Read Chapter 8 "Song and Dance."  The themes of the Theatre (Chapter 7), Opera and Dance (Chapter 8), and Death and Life-Affirmation (Chapter 14) will be discussed.  Student presentations on chapters.  Reflection paper #6 on Chapters 7  and 8 due.
February 26
Read Chapter 9 "Cinema."  The themes of the Cinema (Chapter 9) and Freedom (Chapter 15) will be discussed.  Student presentations on chapters.  Reflection paper #7 on Chapter 9 due. 

March 2

Review of key things learned during the semester.  How will these things learned help students improve their personal and/or professional lives.  Final paper and presentation due. 

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:
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