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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities
Schrepel, Walter A.


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.

Course

LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities

Semester

S1T 2009 DLA

Faculty

Schrepel, Walter A.

Title

Instructor/ Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

M.A. Philosophy. Universityof Pittsburgh.  1985
M.S.  Adult and Continuing Education.  KansasStateUniversity. 2003

Office Location

Off campus

Daytime Phone

913-684-8768

E-Mail

walter.schrepel@park.edu

schrepelw@peacocks.uiu.edu

Semester Dates

12 January - 8 March 2009

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

NONE

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

WOR - Ways of Reading, 7th Ed., Bartholomae and Petrosky, 2005. ISBN 0-312-40995-8.

Students may be directed to online articles and essays as part of the assigned reading for the course.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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.

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Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.

Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.

FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.

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 helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


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:
 

We are about to embark on a journey into a subject area that will seem new and not so new. We have been living in and amongst the Humanities all of our lives, but we may not have recognized that reality. Now it is time to see with an inner eye a better understanding of the Humanities.

In order to accomplish this goal, we will work together on this journey by using the readings and the lectures to provide a context for looking at the world with that inner eye. We will use the Correlations and Interchanges each week to analyze the key issues and demonstrate the new knowledge that has been gained. The Explorations will allow students to analyze a selected="true" problem or issue to apply their new knowledge. Finally the Project allows for a personal and in-depth application of the knowledge gained during the term.

In this process, students will submit well-formed, well-written analyses which critically assess a topic area based on the instruction and insights provided by the lectures and readings. The instructor will read and evaluate each students' learning based on the quality of their analyses. Quality will be related to the insights gained from the inner eye. Low quality work re-states the ideas presented by others or re-formulates ideas from the readings. However, high quality work reveals new insights and new approaches or new solutions not offered before by a particular person or from the class.    The work invested in trying to find the new answers will be rewarded. The text and lectures will be our guide for correctness and will serve as the common starting point for our work.

The instructor will create discussions in the Correlations and Interchanges with each student. This personal dialogue allows the instructor to monitor student progress and to shape learning. On some occasions, this dialogue will be used to lead students into new directions to encourage learning new lessons by suggestion or by direction.

In all of our work, we should refrain from offering mere opinions that are unsupported by facts or reasons. Student submissions should be supported by complete and correct rationales or justifications for assertions.

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. Students will provide evidence of skill in academic research.
  2. Students will demonstrate their skills in oral communication.
  3. Students will demonstrate critical, aesthetic, and values literacies, in regard to humanities.
  4. Students will demonstrate a more thoughtful awareness of multicultural and global considerations.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
 

1. Written Project - A major research essay* exploring a topic in the Humanities. Approximately 1800-2100 words. Assessment of the written project will include developmental stages such as the prospectus and a draft. 30 % (30 pts.)

*Note: At the instructor's discretion, the nature of this project and its focus may vary from traditional models of research writing. The suggested length limit, however, will not change.

2. Explorations in the Humanities - One-page written summations exploring manifestations of humanness in specific areas of the Humanities. Students will complete three Explorations in the Humanities out of five opportunities. 20 % (20 pts.)

3. Interchanges in the Humanities - Weekly discussions centered on focal areas in the Humanities. 16 % (16 pts.)

4. Final Exam - A comprehensive final examination administered by an approved proctor during week eight. 20 % (20 pts.)

5. Correlation and Review - Weekly assessments of individual learning and progress. 10 % (10 pts.)

6. Introductions - Personal introductions and interchange. 2% (2 pts.)

7. Peer response - Posting a draft and responding to drafts of classmates. 2% (2 pts.)

Grading:
 

You will be able to track your average exactly throughout the course. The grading scale is based on the following scale: A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59.

You will know in advance the standards for each assignment.  My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you become a better, more thoughtful writer. All students are responsible for submitting their work on time, as stated below. 
 
In addition, students are encouraged to consult their work on the Correlations and Interchanges submitted by their classmates. In order to get full credit for the Correlation and Interchanges, students should submit their work over the course several days prior to the Sunday night cut-off. 

Students will only receive full credit for the Interchanges submitted on at least TWO separate days prior to the Sunday deadline.

The grading standard for submitting Correlations and Interchanges will be posted to the Documents Sharing section.  A summary of the standard follows: A letter grade will be provided for each graded Correlation or Interchange.  Top quality or "A" work will create unique insights or new knowledge using the course readings or the submissions from other students with no errors, while meeting the stated standards for addressing the assigned task.  Good quality or"B" work creates useful insights for instructing others to learn about the topic with some minor errors, while meeting the stated standards for addressing the assigned task.  Adequate or "C" work provides submissions which address the topic but with few new insights or re-statements of information already presented from the text or other submisions, with minimal content and some errors.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

Late Work: Work must be submitted on time to be considered for full credit. Work that is submitted late will receive a full grade deduction for each day that it is late. Therefore, an assignment that is due Sunday night by midnight will not earn passing credit after Wednesday night. Discussion posts (interchanges, correlation and review and peer response) must be completed by the end of the week to be considered for credit.
 
Missing work will receive points but for an F or failing grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.
 
 

Instructor Contact - Throughout the course, you will have questions about assignments and other matters. You have several channels available to you for communicating course concerns with your instructor. Email is generally the most convenient channel, but you should also take advantage of posting questions that might benefit your peers in the Office area and contacting your instructor by phone as needed. I will make every effort to respond to all messages and inquiries within 48 hours during most weeks. During some weeks, business travel may cause an unforeseen delay in responding, but I will attempt to stick to the 48 hour rule wherever possible. I will return all formal grades within the week of the deadline for completion. During most weeks, grades for Correlations and Interchanges will be posted by Tuesday and Explorations by Thursday.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 

HU 211 INTRO TO THE HUMANITIES: CRITICAL COURSE DATES        
  WEEK STARTS   EXPLORATIONS  MILESTONES
WEEK 1 12 -18 JAN     COURSE STARTS
  18-Jan     INTRODUCTIONS, CORRELATIONS AND INTERCHANGES
         
WEEK 2 19- 25 JAN     START PROCTOR APPLICATION
         
  25-Jan   WK 2 EXPLORATION: CULTURE INTRODUCTIONS, CORRELATIONS AND INTERCHANGES
         
WEEK 3 1- 8 FEB      
        CORRELATIONS AND INTERCHANGES
  8-Feb   WK 3 EXPLORATION: THE VOICE PROJECT PROSPECTUS DUE
         
WEEK 4 9 -15 FEB      
        CORRELATIONS AND INTERCHANGES
  15-Feb   WK 4 EXPLORATION: THE WORK PLACE CORRELATIONS AND INTERCHANGES
         
WEEK 5 16 - 22 FEB   NO EXPLORATIONS, CORRELATIONS, OR INTERCHANGES SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT DRAFT
         
  17 - 18 FEB     POST YOUR DRAFT FOR PEER REVIEW
         
  20-Feb     POST PEER COMMENTS
         
  22-Feb     POST REVISED DRAFTS FOR MR WALT'S REVIEW
         
WEEK 6 23 FEB - 1 MAR     COMPLETE THE PROCTOR APPLICATION PROCESS
        CORRELATIONS AND INTERCHANGES
  1-Mar   WK 6 EXPLORATION: WAR VERIFY PROCTORS HAVE RECEIVED THE EXAMS
         
WEEK 7 2- 8 MAR     TAKE FINAL EXAM THIS WEEK
        CORRELATIONS AND INTERCHANGES
  8-Mar   WK 7 EXPLORATION: PLATO, REALITY & AUTHENTICITY FINAL PROJECT DUE
         
WEEK 8 9 - 15 MAR     FINAL EXAM COMPLETED THIS WEEK
         
  15-Mar     GRADES 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:
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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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