LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


S2J 2011 IN


Gagelman, Rita


Senior Adjunct Faculty


Master in History
Master in English

Daytime Phone

816-561-1535 evenings


Semester Dates

Mar 14, 2011 to May 7, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM



Credit Hours



No textbook is required

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Course Description:
LS211 Introduction to Humanities (MGE): 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:

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 21st Century person’s life. In addition to the how’s and why’s of a humanities course, we will also be exploring the art of developing critical the first night of class. I believe critical thinking is essential to success not only in Intro to the Humanities, but also in all the courses you take in your college career as will as success you find once you leave the academic world for the work world. Final, I hope in this class and other classes you take at Park University that you discover that seeking a higher education is not just about following a career path. I hope you will discover somewhere along the way that a higher education is about finding answers. I know first hand that knowledge comes from questioning. As you question you seek answer that lead you to knowledge.  In turn, that knowledge produces more questions and the search for more answers.   Throughout your life seeking knowledge should be a never-ending cycle of questions, finding answers that lead to understanding and discovering more questions that need answering. 

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:

Class assessment will be based on assignments over assigned readings from the text. On the first night of class the selected text readings will be announced.  There will be two exams: 1) a take home midterm and 2) in-class final at the last session.  More will be said about the exams when we get closer to the exam dates.  There will be a written assignment over themes of the visual arts. The visual art theme assignment includes a visit to the Nelson Museum.  Plans for visiting the Nelson will be covered the first night of class. There will be an in-class assignment over the literary arts following the discussion of a short story.  And there will be a performing arts assignment consisting of a group work 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. 



While all assignments are weighted equally, they will vary in the number of points per assignment. The final grade is based on total points accumulated from all the 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 and participation will be evaluated. 

Currently the total number of possible points is not set in stone; however students can expect the following possible scenario:



Breakdown into %

Letter grade

Text readings


530 to 477 = 100 to 90%




476 to 424 = 89 to 80%




423 to 371=79 to 70%


Literary art assignment


370 to 318 = 69 to 60%


Visual art assignment


317 and below = 59 to 0 %


Performance art assignment









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.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:



A student receives an easy 10 points per class by simply showing up to class at 5:30. Habitually arriving late to class is both disruptive and rude. There might be times with traffic or work causes one 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.

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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

One 3/15 Intro to the course; critical thinking; Text Preface pgs iii - vi
Two 3/22 To be announced first session of class
Three 3/29 To be announced first session of class


4/5 To be announced first session of class
Five 4/12 Watch a Greek Drama - Take home midterm
Six 4/19 Content & form found in the performing arts
Seven 4/26 Modern and Post-Modern Art  & Controversy of the Arts
Eight 5/3

 Visual art reports & Final exam

Assignments will be covered in Session one
Syllabus is subject to change.

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

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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