LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

for U1A 2009

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


U1A 2009 BE


Goodfleisch, Marcy J.


Adjunct Faculty


MA in Liberal Studies, Excelsior College, 2008
BS in Liberal Arts, USNY Regents College, 1988
Mediator, Civil & Family Dispute Resolution, 1996

Office Location

Austin Campus Center

Office Hours

By appointment (before and after class)

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

Summer 2009

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 10:40 PM

Credit Hours



 Janero, Richard Paul and Altshuler, Thelma C.  The Art of Being Human: The Humanities as
a Technique for Living. 2009. New York, NY. Pearson Education, (Ninth Edition).  ISBN
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Additional Resources:

The course will include classroom presentations of slides, videos and other materials to enhance the learner's exposure to the development of humanities in various cultures throughout history.

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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 instructor's educational philosophy and approach is to create a lively, interactive classroom environment that fosters invidual learning through discussion, lectures, readings, video/film presentations, Internet resources, Web postings, quizzes, examinations and writings. Class members will learn how the human experience has been expressed and shaped through disciplines such as art, music, philosophy literature and religion. 

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

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify and discuss various humanities disciplines and their role in the evolution of Western Civilization.
  2. Identify the creative interplay between the arts, literature, philosophy and other humanities disciplines throughout various periods of history.
  3. Identify and distinguish basic elements of key genres in art and music.
  4. Gain a personal awareness of the manifestations of art, literature, and other humanities disciplines in contemporary times and settings.
  5. Understand the role humanities plays in defining the human experience throughout various cultures and historic time periods.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Course assessment and grading will be based on student participation (includes classroom and online discussions), online postings (generally one per week to posted topics), a mid-session quiz and two papers. 


Student Participation (includes classroom and online discussions):    40 pts  

Online Postings (one per week in response to posted topics):          80 pts 

Quiz (third week):                                                                          80 pts

First paper:                                                                                   100 pts

Final paper:                                                                                   200 pts

Total value for course:                                                                  500 pts                      

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Each weeks' previously assigned work is due by the first class of the current week.  Late submissions due to unusual circumstances require prior approval from the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The class will include lively discussion and debate; it is important to remember to treat each individual and their opinions with respect and dignity.   Ground Rules for classroom and online communication & Pprticipation:

General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class.
Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.
Instructor Response Policy: The Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.
Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course. What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism. Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online and netiquette
Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?).

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One:   Understanding, Identifying and Exploring the Humanities

Week Two:   Critical Thinking, Philosophy and Mythology
Week Three:   Literature and the Human Experience (quiz at end of week three).

Week Four:   Human Expression Through Art and Music (first paper due)

Week Five:   Human Expression Through Theatrem, Dance and Cinema

Week Six:   Religion, Morality and Humaness
Week Seven:   Love, Conflict and the Afterlife
Week Eight:   Review & class presentations (final paper 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 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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