LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

for U1RR 2008

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


U1RR 2008 MT


Gibbs, Kathleen M.


Adjunct Professor


BA Elementary Education
MA Creative Arts and Curriculum

Office Location

Park University Office

Office Hours

Monday, before or after class by appointment

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Semester Dates

May 26-July 10 (May 26-Holiday, no school)

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours



The Art of Being Human, eighth edition
Richard Janaro/Thelma Altshuler

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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:

The instructor's educational philosophy is one of individual change and growth as a true measure of learning.  Interaction based on lectures, discussions, quizzes, dialogues, written expression and examiniations will, in part, determine grade.  The instructor will engage each learner individually and collectively and encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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:
Students will be assessed on their ability to communicate learning through classroom discussion, interactive compositions and writing assignments.  Students will have periodic quizzes and participate in guided review of material.  A midterm and a final examination will be administered.


 190-200:  A     180-189:  B     160-179:  C     150-159:  D     Below 150:  F
Chapter Assignments:  5 points (75 possible)
Quizzes:  10 points (30 possible)
Midtern Examination:  50 points  
Final Examination:  50 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Contact instructor if there are extenuating circumstances.  Late submission of course material will be on a case by case basis.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Appropriate dress and behavior is expected.  Respect for the views and beliefs of others demonstrated by a willingness to listen and respond with the respect and courtesy you would expect from others is essential.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Monday     5:00pm - 10:10pm    May 26, 2008 - July 10, 2008  There will be no school on May 26, 2008 (holiday)    The first class (session 1, chapters 1, 2, 3, will be held on June 2nd.  A makeup session will be determined at that time. 

SESSION 1:  Chapter 1, You and the Humanities
Assignment:  Choose one of the 15 itmes from the writing and discussion topics on page 29 and write a response or expand on a given idea.
Chapter 2, Myth and the Origin of the Humanities
Assignment:  Choose one of the 9 items from the writing and discussion topics on page 64-65 and write a response or expand on a given idea.
Chapter 3, Struggles of the Humanities
Assignment:  Choose one of the 10 items from the writing and discussion topics on page 97 and write a response or expand on a given idea.
Review of Part I - Prepare for quiz of first 3 chapters.
SESSION 2:  Quiz on Part I - Introduction to Part II Disciplines fo the Humanities
Chapter 4, Literature
Assignment:  Choose one of the 11 items on page 139 and respond as directed.
Chapter 5, Art Presentation, Who Gets to Call it Art, discussion (Item 5 on page 199) "Starry Night"
SESSION 3:  Chapter 6, Music - Discussion - Archetypes in Music (page 231) What new archetypes could be added and what do they define?  Rap?  Reggae?  Country?  Assignment:  Choose from one of the 12 items on page 241 and respond.
Chapter 7, Theater - Discussion - Archetypes in Modern Theater - use example from text, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Assignment:  Choose a movie and view with the idea of identifying archetypes and the roles these play in substantiating the picture.  Write a paper to express findings.  Be sure to include WHY you selected the particular movie you selected and what that reveals about you.  OR Complete item 7 on page 295.
SESSION 4:  Chapter 8, Song and Dance - Discussion - Icons and symbols in song and dance
 (page 326), Themes, expression, social impact.  Assignment:  Choose an item from page 336-337 and respond as directed.
Chapter 9,  Cinema - Discussion - Everyone is a critique, describe your favorite and least favorite movie, a play made into a movie or musical.  Assignment:  Choose an item from page 393 and respond.
SESSION 5:  Chapter 10,  Religion - Discussion:  Why is it commonly thought that discussion of politics or religion are taboo adn should be avoided in "polite: company?  What are some rules that could be applied that would make reasonable discussion of ones beliefs and religion acceptable and non-threatening?  Assignment:  Select writing and discussion item on paage 439 and write response.
Chapter 11,  Morality - Discussion of Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development - How does this relate to the archetypes of morality on page 471?  Assignment:  Select writing and discussion item on page 480-481 adn write response.
SESSION 6:   Chapter 12, Happiness - Discussion of "what it means to be happy" what does it mean to "strive" for happiness?  Symbols representing ideals/utopia i.e., Mandala.  Assignment:  Select one of the 11 items on page 547 and respond as directed OR create and present a personal mandala.
Chapter 13,  Love - Discussion of personal views and experience.  Love defined;  cultural definitions, song lyrics, drama, greek; eros, filial, agape love.  Assignment:  Choose one of the 11 items on page 583 and respond as directed OR incorporate response in mandala.
SESSION 7:  Chapter 14, Death and Life Affirmation - Discussion of "near death experiences" ad personal views of death.  Assignment:  Choose one of the 11 items on page 583 and respond as directed.
Chapter 15, Freedom - Discussion, What does it mean to be free?  We still have rules to follow and laws to obey.  Assignment:  Choose one of the items on page 617-618 and write response.  FINAL REVIEW


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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

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