LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


U1H 2009 BU


Collins, Leslie R.


Adjunct Faculty


MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry, Georgia State University, 2005
BA in Communication and Information Sciences, University of Alabama, 2000

Office Location

Beaufort MCAS Room 532

Office Hours

By appointment (before and after class)


Semester Dates

June 1 – July 26

Class Days


Class Time

7:35 - 10:05 PM

Credit Hours



Lamm, Robert C.  The Humanities in Western Culture. 2004. Boston. McGraw Hill, (Fourth Edition). 

ISBN: 0-07-283598-2

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Course Description:
LS211 Introduction to Humanities (MGE): 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 student will be involved in an active learning process consisting of classroom academics, research, writing, examinations, and oral interaction with the professor and fellow students. This is aimed at learning through 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 are required to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to discuss questions relating to the argument. Students will participate in small group discussions and exercises along with class-wide discussions. Two exams, one paper, daily quizzes, and one presentation will encompass the student’s grade.  


Presentation and quizzes:                    20% (or 20 possible points)

Paper:                                                20% (or 20 possible points)

Midterm Exam:                                  20% (or 20 possible points)

Final Exam:                                        40% (or 40 possible points)

Total value for course:                        100% (or 100 possible points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work is considered late after the class has ended. I subtract five points for each day (not including Saturday and Sunday) the assignment is late. For example, if an assignment is due Friday, and I receive the assignment the following Wednesday, you will have 15 points deducted from the assignment’s grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time for the start of class. Students are expected to participate in class and group discussions. Please do not email, text, talk on the phone, or sleep during class time. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One: Unit One Ancient River-Valley Civilizations

Tuesday, June 2 – Syllabus and pages 9-27

Thursday, June 4 – pages 29-40


Week Two: Unit Two Greece: Birthplace of Western Civilization

Tuesday, June 9 – pages 55-67

Thursday, June 11 – pages 93-123


Week Three: Units Three and Four Rome: The International Culture and Judaism and Christianity

Tuesday, June 16 – pages 149-162

Thursday, June 18 – pages 163-188


Week Four: Unit 5 The Age of Faith

Tuesday, June 23 – pages 189-225

Thursday, June 25 – pages 227-260

Midterm Exam


Week Five: Unit 6 The Renaissance

Tuesday, June 30 – pages 277-304

Thursday, July 2 – pages 323-330


Week Six: Units 7 and 8 The Early Modern World and The Middle Modern World

Tuesday, July 7 – pages 331-346

Thursday, July 9 – pages 385-414

Paper Due


Week Seven: Unit 9 The Twentieth Century

Tuesday, July 14 – pages 453-467 and 537-548

Thursday, July 16 – presentations


Week Eight: Presentations, Final

Tuesday, July 21 – presentations

Thursday, July 23 – Final Exam


This schedule represents a plan. Deviations may occur.

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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