LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities
F1J 2010 PV
Senior Adjunct Faculty
Master in HistoryMaster in English
Aug 16, 2010 to Oct 10, 2010
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbook: Richard Janaro and Thelma Altschuler. The Art of Being Human: The Humanities as a Technique of Living, 9th ed. Addison Wesley Longman. 2009
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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Typically a student is required to take a certain number of the liberal arts classes when attending a liberal arts college. Chances are a few of you or all of you are in this class because you need a humanity class to fulfill a requirement. Regardless of why you are in Intro to the Humanities there is value in taking the class. If you are an inquisitive person, Intro to the Humanities can answer some pertinent questions that will add to both your education and your humanness. A few questions that we will be probing the first session include what exactly are the humanities, how did humanities come to be part of higher education, what role does the humanities play in a 21 Century person’s life and why is the textbook entitled The Art of Being Human?
I hope in this class and other classes you take at Park that you discover that seeking a higher education is not just about finding answers but about discovering more and more questions that you need answered. I firmly believe it is when one begins to question that knowledge is gained. As you question you seek answer that lead you to knowledge. In turn, that knowledge produces more questions and searches for more answers. Throughout your life seeking knowledge should be a never ending cycle of questions—answers—knowledge.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Class assessment will be based on five assignments. There will be two exams: 1) a take home midterm and 2) in-class last night final. More will be said about the exams when we get closer to the exam dates. 3) There will be a written assignment over themes of the visual arts. The visual art theme assignment will include a visit to the Nelson Museum most likely as a group. Plans for a visit to the Nelson will be covered the first night of class. 4) There will be an in-class assignment over literary arts focusing on literary themes of particular short story. The short story will be discussed in class. 5) There will be a performing arts assignment, which will be a group assignment focusing on both the form and content of different music genre.
All of these assignments and the due dates will be explained in detail the first night of class.
Grading: All class assessment assignments are weighted equally, but they do vary in the number of points each assignment is worth. The final grade is based on total points accumulated from the five assignments. At the end of the semester the total points will be broken down into the following percentages: A (90%), B (80%), C (70%), D (60%) and F (less than 60%). In the case of borderline grades, class attendance, tardiness, and participation will be evaluated.
Mid-term 100 pts
Final 50 pts
Literary 50 points
Visual 50 pts
Music 50 pts
Total 300 pts
Break down of points into letter grade:
300 to 270=A
269 to 240=B
239 to 210=C
209 to 180=D
Late Submission of Course Materials: In this electonic age there really are no excuses for late assignments. If a student knows in advance that he/she will miss a class because of work or previous planned activities, the student needs to let the instructor know at the start of the semester. If an assignment is due during a class period when the student will be absent, plans for turning in the assignment must be made in advance.
Due dates for assignments will be the following class period they were assigned unless noted differently. For example, the take home Mid-term will be due at the start of the next class period.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Habitually arriving late to class is both disruptive and rude. There might be times with traffic or work causes a student to be tardy. If there is a legitimate reason for being late, please let the instructor know at the break, so you will not lose points. If a student knows that he/she cannot make it to class by 5:30 because of work, the student should not enroll in the class. Students that are consistently tardy to class for whatever reason will loose 5 points for each tardy arrival in the final evaluation.
Parents going back to school often have baby-sitting problems. While I sympathize with the parent, I do not allow children in the classroom. So, please make sure you have a back up baby sitter, if your regular sitter cancels out the last minute.
Visual art reports & Final exam
Specific pages numbers in the chapters will be handed out the 1st night of class.
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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 921
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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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