LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

for S2F 2008

Printer Friendly

Mission Statement: 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 community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.


LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


S2F 2008 QU


Peplow, Marijane


Assistant Professor

Daytime Phone

(703) 684-6927


Semester Dates

17 March - 18 May 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM

Credit Hours


Bartholomae, David & Anthony Petrosky, WAYS OF READING, Eighth Edition, Bedford/St. Martins, New York, 2008.  ISBN-10:   

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information

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:

The instructor's educational philosophy is based on inteeractive/disputatious learning, i.e. it will engage the student in anlystical, appreciative study of the course via assigned readings, writings and discussions thereof; quizzes and examinations; a paper presented orally and in writing; group activities; media items; research using libraries and other sources; etcetera, as needed.

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:
This will be accomplished by oral and written assignments on the readings; quizzes and examinations; and a research paper on a topic chosen by the student and approved by the Professor.


Grades will be based on the following items:
   Class participation and assignments......30%
   Midterm Exam.....................................15%
   Final Exam...........................................15%
   Term Paper:
      Oral presentation........15%
      Written presentation....25%
Letter grades for this course will be calculated as follows:
   90 - 100...A
   80 - 89.....B
   70 - 79.....C
   60 - 69.....D
   59 and below...F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of late homework, or papers, must be turned in at the next class meeting unless other arrangements are made with the professor.  Students must talk with the professor about these rrangements.  Class missed for legitimate reasons such as illness, temporary duty, etcetera, are excusable; however the student is responsible for making up the work missed.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
If a student will be missing a class due to legitimate reasons (See Late Submission of Course Materials for details thereof.), plans must be made for assignments, etcetera.  If a student knows that a late arrival in class may occur occasionally, let the professor know as arriving late to class can be both disruptive and rude.  Cellular phones and other electronic devices are normally not to be turned on in class with the exception of cellular phones for students on call for duty, and they are asked to put their phones on silent mode.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

No.           Date                                   Topic                      Assignments
   1.      March  17           Introduction to Course.             Read pages 1 - 23 before class. Read A.Rich beginning
                                       Go over reading of author A.    on page 517.
                                        Rich and learn about writing
                                        connected with same plus
                                        Sequence One.
 2.        March 24            Go over reading assignment &    Read G. Anzaldua, beginning page 27.
                                        written assignment assigned        Sequence Two.
                                        Select topics for papers. (*)
 3.        March 31            Continue reading & writing           Read W.G.Sebald, beginning page 611.
                                        assignments.  CLASS QUIZ.      Sequence Three.
 4.         April 7                Continue above.                          Read C. Geertz beginning page 258.
                                                                                           Sequence Four.
 5          April 14              Continue above.                          Read M.L Pratt beginning page 497.
                                         Assign datesto begin papers.       Sequence Five,
 6.         April 21              Coninue above.  Begin papers.     Read K.A. Appiah beginning page 55.
                                                                                            Sequence Six.
 7.          April 28              Continue above & papers.           Read M Foucault beginning page 207.
                                                                                            Sequence Seven.
 8            May 5               Continue above & papers.            Read A.Walker beginning page 667.
                                                                                             Sequence Eight.

 9,            May 12             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: .


This material is protected by copyright and can not be reused without author permission.

Last Updated:2/20/2008 11:20:41 AM