LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

for F1EE 2009

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


F1EE 2009 MO


Martin, Robert E.


Senior Professor of Humanities/Adjunct Faculty


Ph.D. (Humanities) Florida State University
M.Div.(Christian Ed.) Asbury Theological Seminary
M.A. (History), M.Ed., B.S. (Physics) Valdosta State University

Office Hours

Mon, Tues, Fri 2:00 - 9:00 pm/ Wed, Thurs, Sat, 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Daytime Phone

(229) 244-2401


Semester Dates

August 17 - October 2, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

11:00 - 12:00 PM

Credit Hours



Janaro, Richard and Altshuler, Thelma.   The Art of Being Human:The Humanities as a Technique for Living, 9th. ed.   New York: Pearson Longman, 2008.    ISBN 987-0-205-60542-2

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Course Description:
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 intends to stay close to the textbook presentation although he will supplement its presentation with supplemental material via lectures, readings from primary sources, PowerPoint illustrations, videotapes, and DVDs.      In his lectures and in directed classroom discussions, he will assume students have already read the assigned chapters.    He will also expect every student to contribute to each class discussion

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:

The course grade will be determined from three sources:
1. Two or three in-class examinations, each based upon 200 or 300 pages of textbook material 
2. One term project consisting of a research paper of around 3000 words on a topic of interest to the student selected from the humanities.    The student will present a summary of this paper to the class in a 30-minute oral presentation.
3.The quality of the student's participation in classroom discussions. 


Each examination - 20% of the course grade
Term project - 30%.
Quality of classroom discussion 10%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor realizes that the demands of the wartime Air Force and other obligations may require late submission of some assignments.   As a basic courtesy, the student should notify him in advance of any such delay if at all possible.   

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the day's chapter.    They should refrain from carrying on other conversations or causing distractions in class.   Each student must make any arrangements needed to leave his job in time to arrive on time and come prepared to stay the full period.     Students should keep extra computer paper, ink cartridges, etc., on hand to avoid "the dog ate my homework" excuses for late assignments.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 (Aug. 17-21):         Chapters  1-2                     Introduction, Critical Thinking, Philosophy 
          2 (Aug. 24-28):                       11,10                  Ethics, Religion           
Exam One (Sept. 2)           Chapters  1-2, 11               Covers: Introduction - Ethics
Week 3 (Aug. 31- Sept. 4): Chapters  10, 3                  Religion, Myth                  
          4 (Sept.7-11):                          4 - 6                  Literature, Art, Music
Exam Two (Sept. 15)          Chapters  10-11, 4-5          Covers: Ethics - Art
Week 5 (Sept. 14-18):         Chapters  6-7                   Music, Theater 
Week 6 (Sept. 21-25)                         8-9                   Musical Stage, Cinema          

Exam Three (.18):             Chapters  4-9                     Covers:Music - Cinema
Week 6 (Sept. 21-25):       Chapters 12-13                  Happiness, Love              
         7 (Sept. 28 - Oct.2 ):                                        Freedom, Term Projects Presentations
Week 8 (Oct. 5-9)                                                     Term Projects Oral Presentations
Exam Four (Oct. 9)                                                   Final

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

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