LS212 Introduction to the Arts

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LS 212 Introduction to the Arts


F2J 2010 PV


Gagelman, Rita


Senior Adjunct Faculty

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Semester Dates

Oct 18, 2010 to Dec 12, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM



Credit Hours


: Cultures and Values: A Survey of the Western Humanities, 7th Ed. Lawrence Cunningham and John Reich.

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Course Description:
A study of the common elements in the visual, verbal and performing arts and how they reflect values of different cultural periods.  The course also includes a survey of themes, genres, and representative work in the classical, romantic, and modern art forms.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The educational philosophy behind the course seeks to engage the student in critical thinking to help the student realize how through the ages the arts of Western Culture have impact his/her life. The student will explore three main areas of the arts: the visual, verbal, and performing arts. These three art areas will be reviewed in the contexts of seven key periods in Western Art: Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Romanticism, Impressionism/Post-Impressionism, and Modern/Contemporary. The student will study and analyze the emerging art themes of each period, focusing on why certain themes emerged and how these themes define and shaped Western Culture and the people identified as members of Western Culture.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the connections between art and other facets of society
  2. Develop an awareness of the impact of art on individuals and society
  3. Analyze elements of a variety of art genre
  4. Research an art subject and show evidence of collection, synthesis, and formulation of a thesis

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Coverage of the course topics will be accomplished in a variety of ways: lecture and discussion; small group work; student reports; videos; and when possible attending a live performing art event. The students will visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum once during the course. Assessment will be based on in class participation, one brief oral report on visual art, brief written summarizations on performing arts, a mid-term exam, and a final exam. Explanation of the oral report and written summations will be covered the first night of class.


A student's final grade will be determined through two exams (midterm and final). All the exams will be subjective in nature; they will cover assigned chapters and class activities. If it appears students are not keeping up with reading and discussing the chapters, short quizzes will be given. The students will also be responsible for 1 short oral report over a visual arts project and 3 brief written reports over performing arts. Points from class participation and attendance will also be included in the final grade.
The oral report and three written reports will be worth 25 points each for a total of 100 points.  The mid-term 100 points and the final 50, making 150 points for the exams.  There will be 10 points for attendance each week.  If you are tardy you will receive only 5 points each week .  80 attendance points are possible.  Unless there are some unexpected pop quizes the total points possible will be 330 based on the following breakdown: 100 pts for reports; 150 pts for exams; 80 pts for attendance. 
Breakdown into percentage:
330-297 = A (90 – 100%)
296-264 = B (80 - 89% )
263-231 = C (70 - 79%)
230-198 = D (69 - 60%)
197-below = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All written and oral assignments must be completed on the due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


Because this is a reading and discussion course, keeping up with the assigned readings and participating in class are critical ingredients to aid in understanding of the material and passing the course. Therefore, attendance will be taken and will be counted in your final grade. Even one absence in such an accelerated semester can have an impact on your final grade—especially in borderline situations. Excused absences are only given in the case of emergency circumstance and at the discretion of the instructor. In the case of an excused absence, students are still responsible for all due 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. In this day an age of email there is no excuse for late papers.

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 me 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 enrolled in the class. To be consistently late to class will affect one's grade. It is assumed that if a student signs up for an evening/weekend class that he/she realizes the obligation and commitment both to being in class on time and to staying for the duration of the class period.

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 Students with a record of tardiness or leaving class early will discover such negative action is reflected in their final grade evaluation.
One final rule--no electronic device used during class--this includes laptops.  You are welcome to use them during the break.  Also, if you must use your cell phone during the break, please do so outside of the classroom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Assigned Pages


Introduction to Course

The Classical Ideal; Drama and Philosophy in Classical Greece; he Hellenistic Period


Medieval 350-1350

Benedictine Monasticism;  Monasticism and Gregorian Chant; The Visual Arts; The Gothic Style; Scholasticism

Calamity, Decay, and Violence;  Medieval Life Watch a Medieval Drama


Renaissance 1350-1600

The Character of Renaissance Humanism; Two Styles of Humanism; Mannerism; The Reformation; Intellectual Developments; The Visual Arts in Northern Europe



English Literature: Shakespeare; Watch a Shakespeare Drama


Romanticism 1800-1880

Chapter 17 Instrumental Music after Beethoven; Romantic art Romantic Literature Watch Modern/Contemporary Drama


Impressionism & Post-Impressionism 1880 - 1914

Art and Artists of Impressionism & Post - Impressionism


Modern/Contemporary Art 1914- 2009

Chapter 21 Existentialism; Painting Since 1945; Contemporary Sculpture


Oral reports and 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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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.

  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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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Additional Information:

This syllabus is subject to change.   Any last minute change will be covered the first night of class.  Students having additional questions regarding the class prior to the first class period on Oct 19 are welcome to call me evenings at 816-561-1535. 

Rita Gagelman, Instructor



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