LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

for F2RR 2007

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


F2RR 2007 MT


Gibbs, Kathleen M.


Adjunct Faculty


BA Elementary Education
MA Creative Arts and Curriculum

Office Location

Park University Office

Office Hours

MW before or after class by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

208-571-9179 (cell)


Semester Dates

Oct 22-Dec 16

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours



The Art of Being Human, eighth edition
Richard Janaro / Thelma Altshuler

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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's educational philosophy is one of individual change and growth as a true measure of learning.  Interaction based on lectures, discussion, quizzes, dialogues, journal writings, portfolio collection, written expression and examinations will, in part, determine grade.  The instructor will engage each learner individually and collectively and encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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:
Students will be assessed on their ability to communicate learning through classroom discussion, and in-class assignments, interactive journal compositions and writing assignments.  Students will have periodic quizzes and participate in guiding the class in review of material.  A midterm and final examination will be administered.


 190-200:  A       180-189:  B        160-179:  C         150-159:  D       Below 150:  F
Classroom interaction/Assignments/Quizzes:  5 points  (35 points possible)
Homework Assignments:  5 points  (35 points possible)
Midterm Examination:  50 points 
Portfolio:  15 points
Final Review Presentation:  15 points
Final Examination:  50 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Contact instructor if there are extenuating circumstances and late submission of course material will be on a case by case basis.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Appropriate dress and behavior is expected.  Respect for the views and beliefs of others demonstrated by a willingness to listen and respond with the respect and courtesy you would expect from others is essential. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Session 1 - Chapter 1, You and the Humanities
Discussion and in-class assignment
Assignment:  Establish a portfolio of work.  Choose 1 of the 15 items from the writing and discussion topics on page 29 and write a response or expand on a given idea.
Session 2 - Chapter 2, Myth and the Origin of the Humanities
Discussion and in-class assignment
Assignment:  Choose 1 of the 9 items from the writing and discussion topics on page 29 and write a response or expand on a given idea.
Session 3 - Chapter 3, Struggles of the Humanities
Discussion and in-class assignment
Assignment:  Choose 1 of the 10 items from the writing and discussion topics on page 97 and write a response or expand on a given idea.  End of Part I - Prepare for quiz on Part I
Session 4 - Quiz on part I - Introduction to Part II, Disciplines of the Humanities
Chapter 4, Literature (Storytelling)  Discussion and in-class assignment.
Assignment:  Choose 1 of the 11 items on page 139 and respond as directed.
Session 5 - Chapter 5, Art  View DVD Who Gets to Call it Art followed by discussion
(Item 5 on page 199) Discussion about Van Gogh
Session 6 - Chapter 6, Music Discussion // personal likes/dislikes/reasons  Why we prefer what we prefer and the tendency to dislike what we do not understand.  Discussion of Archetypes in Music (page 231) What new archetypes could be added and what do they define?  Rap?  Reggae?  Country?  Assignment:  Choose 1 of 12 items on page 241 and respond according to directions.
Session 7 - Chapter 7, Theater Discussion - Archetypes in Modern Theater - use example from text, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  In class assignment-take home quiz.  Assignment:  Choose a Movie and watch it with the idea of uncovering the archetypes.  Write a paper to express your findings.  Be sure to include WHY you selected the particular movie and what that reveals about you.  OR Complete item 7 on page 295 OR read a play and write your reactions.
Session 8 - Chapter 8, Song and Dance - Discussion - Musicals, Operas, dramas Music Videos
Icons and Symbols in Song and Dance (page 326), dance types and songs of more modern times i.e., electric slide, twist, limbo, frug, jerk etc., names of current dances?  MTV?  What is being expressed?  What are the common themes?  Expression?  Social Impact?  Assignment:  Choose an item from page 336-337 and respond as directed.
Session 9 - chapter 9, Cinema Discussion, In-Class assignment-Everyone's a critique, describe your favorite movie and why it was your favorite.  List your top 5 with genre, such as romantic comedy, action/thriller, mystery/murder, psychological plot, drama, historical portrayal, etc., Describe your least favorite and why?  Review of Chapters 1-9 for midterm questions/answers Assignment:  Students will be assigned various chapters to present class-reviews in preparation for the final examination. 
Session 10 - Midterm Exam - Will cover Parts I and II
Introduction to Part III, Themes in Humanities  Chapter 10, Religion Discussion question:  Why is it commonly thought and widely accepted that polite conversation should not include politics or religion?  What are some rules that should apply prior to discussions about religion and an individual's personal beliefs?  It is important to establish this code of conduct so the discussion of religion as well as the remaining themes may be conducted in a non-threatening environment.
Student Review -
Session 11 - Chapter 11, Morality - Discussion of kohlberg's theory of Moral Development - Moral Stage Identification - How does this relate to the Archetypes of Morality on page 471?  In-Class Assignment/handout - Student Review -
Session 12 - Chapter 12, Happiness - Discussion of "what it means to be happy" give examples from modern writings, music, Line from Joni Mitchell, "...Happiness moves quickly, trouble moves too slow, just when you're thinkin' you've finally got it made, bad news comes knocking at your garden gate.....knocking for you...."  Are you a pessimist or an optimist?  Examples....In class work.
Student Review -
Session 13 - Chapter 13, Love - Discussion of "How do you know you're in love?"  What is love?
Personal reflections, social/cultural differences classic views vs modern views.  Has much changed?
Assignment:  Select 1 of the 11 itmes opresented and respond as directed.
Student Review -
Session 14 - Chapter 14, Death and Life Affirmation  - Discussion of "near-death" experiences, the paranormal, psychic phenomena, in-class assignment.
Assignment:  Choose 1 of the 11 items on page 583 and respond as directed.
Student Review -
Session 15 - Chapter 15, Freedom - Discussion, what does it mean to be "free?"  Lines from,  Me and Bobby McGee, "...Freedom is just another word for nothing left to loose"  compared with the sign in stone at the VA Hospital "The Price of Freedom is visible here" What does it mean to be free?  Various perspectives; a bird in a cage (I know why the Cage Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou), Those who lack personal freedoms.  What are the limitations of freedom and the inherent responsibility? 
Student Review - 
Session 16 - Final Examination

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.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
 8.  In the event that class is cancelled or the student has an excused absence, the work will need to be made up at a later date (date to be provided by instructor).

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: .


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