LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities
S2T 2009 DLB
Schrepel, Walter A.
Instructor/ Adjunct Faculty
M.A. Philosophy. Universityof Pittsburgh. 1985M.S. Adult and Continuing Education. KansasStateUniversity. 2003
16 MAR - 10 MAY
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-927-3024Resources 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 email@example.com 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.
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. 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.)
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.
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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.
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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
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