LS212 Introduction to the Arts

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LS 212 Introduction to the Arts


SP 2009 HO


Ludecke, Larry C.


Adjunct Professor English


MA English - UMKC
BA English Language and Literature - Park College/University
AA Liberal Arts - JCCC

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Office Hours

TBA, or before and after class.

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time

10:10 - 11:25 AM

Credit Hours


The Humanities Through the Arts, by Martin and Jacobus, 7th ed.  Boston 2008: McGraw Hill

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Light-weight folder for reading journal, syllabus, and class handouts

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Course Description:
LS212 Introduction to the Arts (MGE): 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 representative work in the classical, romantic, and modern art forms. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is based on providing "opportunities" to learn, which focus on interaction.  Reading, group work, class discussion, and writing are essential components of this learning process.  Students will have opportunities to learn and further develop their skills to analyze, criticize and synthesize readings.

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:

Short Response Papers:  Short response papers, typed, double-spaced, 400 words minimum (be sure to let your word processing program count the words--I won't!), will be assigned for each chapter.  Your task is to make connections between the art forms and, possibly, "real-life."  Response papers are worth 400 points total.
Art Events:  During the semester, you will be required to attend 3 art events, (live theatre, art gallery exhibits, poetry readings, music concerts, dance presentations).  You are encouraged to experience something that would be a new experience for you.  Then, write a longer response paper 600-800 words (be sure to let your word processing program count the words--I won't!).  These response papers will be worth 100 points each for a total of 300 points.
Final Project:  For a final project you will create a work of art.  It could represent any of the art forms we have studied during the semester.  ie. A short story, a poem, a sculpture, a painting, an original music composition (not a cover song), a dance, or a short one man/woman play.  This project is not evaluated on its professionalism but, instead, it will be evaluated on the creativity and presentation.  Your project should communicate your personal belief of the importance of art in your life.  The final project is worth 300 points.


Short Response Papers    400 Points
Art Event Papers              300 Points
Final Project                     300 Points
Total Possible                   1000 Points
900-1000 = A
800-899  =  B
700-799  =  C
600-699  =  D
Less than 600 = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due at the beginning of the class in which they are due.  Late assignments cannot be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
We must show respect for each other and for the opinions of others.  You are strongly encouraged to participate in classroom discussions.  Be open to new ideas and do not discourage others from expressing themselves.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1

Syllabus Presentation and Intro Essay Assigned

Introduction Presentations

Chapter 1 “The Humanities: An Introduction” (Assigned)

Week 2

Chapter 1 Response Paper Due

Class Discussion of Chapter 1 and Lecture

Chapter 2 “What is a Work of Art? (Assigned)

Week 3

Chapter 2 Response Paper Due

Class Discussions of Chapter 2 and Lecture

Chapter 3 “Being a Critic of the Arts” (Assigned)

Week 4

Chapter 3 Response Paper Due

Class and Group Work and Discussion and Lecture

Chapter 4 “Painting” (Assigned)

Week 5

Chapter 4 Response Paper Due

Group Work and Class Discussion and Lecture

Chapter 5 “Sculpture” (Assigned)

Week 6

Chapter 5 Response Paper Due

Class Discussion and Group Work

Chapter 6 “Architecture” (Assigned)

Week 7

Chapter 6 Response Paper Due

Group Work and Class Discussion and Lecture

Chapter 7  “Literature” (Assigned)

Week 8

Chapter 7 Response Paper Due

Class Discussion and Group Work and Lecture

Chapter 8 “Drama” (Assigned)

Spring Break

Week 9

Chapter 8 Response Paper Due

Class Discussion and Group Work and Lecture

Chapter 9 “Music” (Assigned)

Week 10

Chapter 9 Response Paper Due

Class Discussion and Lecture

Chapter 10 “Dance” (Assigned)

Week 11

Chapter 10 Response Paper Due

Class Discussion and Lecture

Chapter 13 “Photography” (Assigned)

Week 12

Chapter 13 Response Paper Due

Class Discussion and Lecture

Chapter 14 “The Interrelationships of the Arts (Assigned)

Week 13

Chapter 14 Response Paper Due

Class Discussion and Lecture

Final Project Presentation Pre-Work

Week 14

Final Presentation Preparations

Presentations Begin

Week 15


Week 16


Finals Week

Presentations Continue If Not Completed

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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