LS212 Introduction to the Arts

for U1J 2011

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LS 212 Introduction to the Arts


U1J 2011 PV


Gagelman, Rita


Senior Adjunct Faculty


MA English
MA History
BA History

Office Hours


Other Phone

Work during the day; can be reached evening 816-561-1535


Semester Dates

June 6, 2011 to July 31, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM



Credit Hours



We will not be using a textbook this summer.  Resources will be provide for you during the class periods.  

Pre-class preparation is minimal. Students will have a brief pre-class preparation for Session two and Session five as outlined below.

At the first session each student will select one short article to report on at the second session. These articles will be handed out at the first session—they all pertain to the Medieval Ages and were written during the Medieval Ages. They provide first hand in sight into life during this period. The following are a list of articles:

Title of Article


The Monastic Ideal

Peter Damiani

A Model Parish Priest

John Capgrave

The Habits of Priests in Normandy

Odo of Rigaud

Statutes for a College

Robert de Sorbonne

How the Student Should Behave

John of Garland

The Function of the Knighthood

John of Salisbury

The Chivalric Ideal

Diaz de Gamez

The Duties of Manorial Officers


The Peasant’s Life

William Langland

The Impact of the Black Death

Henry Knighton

The Successful Surgeon

John Arderne

The Good Wife

The Goodman of Paris

Why the Crusaders Failed

William of Tyre

In Defense of Liberal Studies

Coluccio Salutati

In Praise of Greek

Leonardo Bruni

At session four students will select one key figure of the Baroque period to make a 2-4 minute oral report on during session five. The report will consist of some brief biographical information on the person and the person major contribution to society during the Baroque age. Students can choose to report on one of the follow key figures: Francis Bacon, Galileo, Descartes, Isaac Newton, Jonathan Swift, Voltaire, Johann Bach, George Handel, Teresa of Avila, John Milton, Diderot, David Hume (Information is abundant online for any of these men and one woman)

Students will be provided with handouts of all Power Point presentations given at any of the sessions—a great place for taking class notes.  


Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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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 society. 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 assignments and class activities. If it appears students are not keeping up with reading and discussing, short quizzes will be given.
The students will also be responsible for 1 short oral/written report over a visual arts project and 3 brief written reports over performing arts.  All reports will be covered the first night of class. 
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 arrive to class on time--5:30.  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:

 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 any report/exam that was original assigned for that evening. 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 and 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. Unexcused tardiness or leaving early will result in a loss of 5 points per class.

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

One 6/7/2011 Ancient World 

Introduction to the course

1) Discuss - what can be gained from an Intro to the Arts course.

2) The Greek World—Why Athens is the Crucible of Western Civilization - watch a tape on Athenian Empire

3) Examine Plato's mentor the famous Socrates, including a look at Socrates' death scene in Phaedo

4) Explore the visual and literary arts of Greco/Roman world
Two 6/14/2011 Medieval Arts

1) Discuss the fall of Roman Empire in West & the rise & dominance of Roman Catholic Church

2) Students share readings of Middle Ages (these will be handed out at session 1)

3) Thomas Aquinas and the application of Aristotelian thought in Middle Age—its impact on the Late Medieval period.

4) Explore Medieval visual, literary, & performing arts

Renaissance Art
1) What caused the rebirth of classical world; how did this classical world rebirth impact Western Civilization during period known as Renaissance
2) Gain an understanding of Renaissance Humanism; compare/contrast the Italian and Northern Humanists

3) Explore key events of the Renaissance period: Age of Discovery & Protestant Reformation—the cause and effect of both on European society.


Watch a Shakespeare Play Take home mid-term

Baroque Art


1) Students share information on key figures of Baroque era and European Enlightenment. (The assignments on the key figures will be made at session 4)

2) Examine the social/political statements made in the arts of Baroque, Rocco, and Neo-Classical

3) Explore how Rousseau fits both in the Enlightenment and Romantic eras

4) Discuss basic philosophies of Karl Marx and Charles Darwin that make the two men leading figures of romanticism.

5) Explore the visual, literary, and performing arts of Romanticism


Finish up Romanticism

Impressionism/Post Impressionism

Modern/Post Modern art
1) Examine the characteristics of American Romantic authors: Nathaniel Hawthorn, Edgar Allen Poe, & Herman Melville

2) Discuss what made Impressionist/Post Impressionist a radical art movement.

3) Themes of 20th & 21st Century Art

4) Explore Modern and Post-Modern visual and literary arts

View Modern Drama
Finish up loose ends and take the 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

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: .

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 June 7 are welcome to call me evenings at 816-561-1535. 

Rita Gagelman, Instructor



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