LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


FA 2009 HO


Ludecke, Larry C.


Adjunct Professor English


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

Office Location


Office Hours

after class


Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time

11:00 - 11:50 AM



Credit Hours


Landmarks in Humanities 2nd ed. by Gloria K. Fiero

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Light-weight folder for syllabus and class handouts.

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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 course is arranged into areas of coverage meant to invigorate your sense of what it means to be human, enliven your inquisitive spirit relative to humanities study, and illuminate the relationships among your life, the world, and patterns replicated among humans. Such rich, interdisciplinary patterns, loosely identified, form the areas of coverage for this course, which you will investigate through class discussions and exploratory writings.

Furthermore, students will emerge from the class with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the humanities. In the interest of "liberat[ing] students from intellectual, social, and cultural parochialism" we will pursue 1) an understanding of your humanness, 2) a sense of the history of human thought and creativity, 3) a perspective of diverse and contrary ideas that have shaped human life and society, and 4) an examined set of primary values that lead to an understanding of what being human means and requires of you.

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:

Weekly Quizzes
Project and Presentation
Research Paper


Weekly Quizzes              250
Project & Presentation    350
Research Paper              400
Total                             1000
1000-900 = A
800-899   = B
700-799   = C
600-699   = D
Below 600 = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work cannot be accepted. Quizzes cannot be taken late.

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

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1


Chapter 1 Assigned

Week 2

Chapter 1 Discussion

Friday Quiz over Chapter 1

Chapter 2 Assigned

Week 3

Chapter 2 Discussion

Friday Quiz Chapter 2

Chapter 3 Assigned

Week 4

Chapter 3 Discussion

Friday Quiz Chapter 3

Chapter 4 Assigned

Week 5

Chapter 4 Discussion

Friday Quiz Chapter 4

Chapter 5 Assigned

Week 6

Chapter 5 Discussion

Friday Quiz Chapter 5

Chapter 6 Assigned

Week 7

Chapter 6 Discussion

Friday Quiz Chapter 6

Chapter 7 Assigned

Week 8

Chapter 7 Discussion

Friday Quiz Chapter 7

Chapter 8 Assigned

Spring Break

No Class

Week 9

Chapter 8 Discussion

Friday Quiz Chapter 8
Research Paper Assigned and Discussed
Chapter 9 Assigned

Week 10

Chapter 9 Discussion

Friday Quiz Chapter 9
Project and Presentations Assigned and Discussed

Chapter 10 Assigned

Week 11

Chapter 10 Discussion

Friday Quiz

Chapter 11 Assigned

Week 12

Chapter 11 Discussion

Friday Quiz

Chapter 12 Assigned

Week 13

Chapter 12 Discussion

Friday Quiz

Chapter 13 Assigned

Week 14

Chapter 13 Discussion

Friday Presentations Begin

Week 15

Project Presentations

Week 16

Research 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
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