LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

for F1T 2007

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


F1T 2007 DLD


Powe, Philip A.




MA History, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
BS  History, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Office Location

On Line

Office Hours

Tues and Thurs 10:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Aug 20 to October 14

Class Days

Weekly units; new weeks begin Mondays at 12:01 a.m. MST

Class Time


Credit Hours



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.

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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 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. You will also work through stages of writing, research, peer response and revision, for a substantial project, which you will share late in the term.

Furthermore, students will emerge from the class with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the humanities. We will work together "to liberate students from intellectual, social, and cultural parochialism" by investing you with 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.
As an instructor, I make myself available to students as often as possible. As a student I never thought it was good of an instructor to simply ignore e-mails and phone calls. All questions are relavent, and all students views are valid. if you have a question e-mail me, or check my office and leave a question there. These are for very general items. E-mail is the best way to get in conteact with me.

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:

Graded Components and Criteria
Written Project - A major research essay* exploring a topic in the Humanities. 1500-2000 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.
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.)
Interchanges in the Humanities - Weekly discussions centered on focal areas in the Humanities. 16 % (16 pts.)
Final Exam - A comprehensive final examination administered by an approved proctor during week eight. 20 % (20 pts.)
Correlation and Review - Weekly assessments of individual learning and progress. 10 % (10 pts.)
Introduction - Personal introductions and interchange. 2% (2 pts.)
Peer response - Posting a draft and responding to drafts of classmates. 2% (2 pts.)
Week and Topic:
Week One: Defining the Humanities/The Changing Category of the Human/Post-humanism and Technology
Week Two: Anthropology/Human Culture/Participant-Observation and Ethnographic Methods
Week Three: Music/Aesthetics/Popular Culture
Week Four: Economics/Markets/Consumerism
Week Five: Research Project Development
Week Six: History/Revision/Methods and Problems for History
Week Seven: Philosophy/Experience/Formal Education
Week Eight: A Bundle of Relations/Final Exam
Your responses for the Interchanges in the Humanities should be thoughtful and substantive to earn full credit. Examples of desirable, full-bodied responses and undesirable, partial responses will be provided during week one. To receive full credit, your written responses in the posts should be no shorter than four sentences. Posts can be spontaneous, suggesting, when appropriate, your tentative position on issues; nevertheless, your posts should be carefully read before making them final. Underdeveloped posts will receive partial credit. Also, Please post at least once before Tuesday and again by Thursday. I have found that this generates the best discussion. Your third post would then be allowed to happen anytime after, but more posts will show more work through the semester. Since i do not offer extra credit undeer any circumstances, showing up in the discussion is one way of being "present" and showing an effort.
The correlation and review section is designed strictly for you as students. I will be in the discussion area quite a bit, but I will only grade your correlation and reviews. Any additional comment will be posted privately in the grade explaination. I have found that at the end of the week students tend to have similar ideas and I would hope you would use this as your discussion on Saturday or Sunday.


Grading Scale: I will provide you with ongoing progress reports of your average grade throughout the term. The grading scale is:
A = 90 - 100
B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60 - 69
F = 0 - 59
The course is designed for you to earn point toward 100.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Grading Conditions: Late Work and Length Limits
Late Work: Work must be submitted on time to be considered for credit. Late installments of the project (prospectus, draft or polished copy) will receive a full grade deduction for each day past the deadline. Therefore, an installment that is due Sunday night by midnight will not earn passing credit after Wednesday night. Late explorations will not be accepted. Conference area posts must be completed by the end of the week to be considered for credit.
This includes one post by Tuesday night and one post by Thursday night.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The Task List!
Each week a task list will appear on the week tab. I will also e-mail it to the class. This is the best way to know exactly what is coming up that week.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
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