LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


F1Z 2010 ML


Fontana, Leslie J.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Education Western MT College, Dillon, MT K-12 Cert. in Art ;1976
Master's of Interdisc. Studies, Univ of MT; 1997

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Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Aug 16-Oct 7 2010

Class Days

T- Th

Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM

Credit Hours



The Art of Being Human: The Humanities as a Technique for Living; 9th ed. Janaro & Altshuler  Copyright 2009

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Additional Resources:

Art of the Western World: From Ancient Greece to Post-Modernism; Bruce Cole and Adelheid Gealt (Text) PBS Video Series by Michael Wood

Joseph Campbell: The Power of Myth (Video Series)

Various Movies, video clips and Power Point presentations

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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:

The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions. As a racially and internationally diverse student body, class discussion is an important resource, and rules of courtesy will be observed at all times. Attendance and participation are very significant to the overall education process, and will make up a part of the grade. The instructor will begin this course of study with the assumption that the students has had little experience within this area of study.  Reading of the text prior to the class is encouraged, and different forms of assessment with facilitate this.

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

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. The student will demonstrate a thoughtful awareness of the humanities as a technique for living, applying concepts learned to a more mindful lifestyle.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Tests will include a midterm and final examination.  The midterm is comprehensive up to midterm, and the final will include all material after the midterm.  Participation and attendance form a part of the grade., with a maximum of five points being given for each class period.  At the end of each evening's class, students will either write a reflective essay relating to the evening's topic, or will take a quiz on the material, which will be worth ten  points.  In the event of an excused absence, The student will read and highlight the missed material, take an open book or other assessment of the material, and write a one page reflective essay on the material.
Points missed because of an unexcused or questionable absence may or may not be made up at the discretion of the instructor. 

Examinations (two) 150 points each : 300 points
Review/study sessions (two) participation 10 points each : 20 points
Reflective writing assignment or quiz each session 120 points ( no writing on sessions which are review or test taking)
Participation points 5 points each session 60 points

Total Possible Points: 500

The following will be used to assign course letter grades:
A 500-450 points (90% and above)
B 449-400 points (89% to 80%)
C 399-350 points (79% to 70%)
D 349-300 points (69%to60%)
F 299 points and below (59% or below)

Late Submission of Course Materials:

In the event  of an excused absence, the missed material must be read and highlighted and an open book test will be takenand  to make up ten of the fifteen points. The student will then write a one page reflective essay responding to the material for the remaining five missed points.   Makeup work is due within one week of the student's return to class, and must be clearly labeled with the student’s name, the date of the missed class, and the topic covered.   All other writing assignments are due at the next class meeting, and points will be deducted for late papers.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Regular attendance is expected.  Assigned reading should be completed before attending class. If a student is assigned presentation material and neglects to prepare, participation points for the session are forfeited.   Since this is a discussion class, the students is expected to observe rules of courtesy when others are presenting or speaking, by giving the presenter his/her full and undivided attention, by waiting for the instructor to recognize him/her before interrupting, and by disagreeing with opinions presented only in the most courteous and respectful way. 
All papers and assignments are to be handed in when due (the following class period after the assignment) late assignments when the student was present will have points deducted.
No cell phones or other electronic media are to be used by the student during class, unless the student is on call for duty related reasons.  While food and drink are permitted, the student is expected to be discrete and not allow refreshments to distract his/her attention or the attention of others from the class.  Sunflower seeds and other snacks requiring spitting are prohibited.
A Rubric for Participation is attached which identifies good participation, and alsoo identifies behaviors which would cause participation points to be lost.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Tues, Aug 17:  Go over syllabus.  Anyone missing this session must go over the syllabus with the instructor.
                     Chapter 1 pp 3-18;  Writing Assignment or take home test. (The Humanties: Still Vital)
Thur, Aug 19: Chapter 2 pp 21-40; Writing Assignment or take home test. (Profile of the Critical Thinker)
Tues, Aug 24: and Th Aug 26:  Chapter 3  pp 43 to 74 Writing Assignment or take home test. (Mythology)
Includes excerpts from  The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell
Tues, Aug 31: Chapter 4 (Literature) pp 79- 115; Writing Assignment or take home test. summaries of the literature in the chapter will be assigned to students, who will present them in class.  In the event of excused absence, the student must read all  of the summaries and respond to them, in addition to reading and  highlighting the chapter.
Thur, Sept 2: Review for Midterm
Tues, Sept 7: Midterm Examination
Thurs Sept 9: and Tues, Sept 14:  Chapter 5 (Art);pp. 117-169; Writing Assignment or take home test.
Thur, Sept 16:  and Tuesday, Sept 21:Chapter 6 (Music) pp 173-210: Students will respond as they listen to musical excerpts from  the chapter as the chapter is covered in class.    In the event of excused absence, students must obtain the CD of the music from the instructor and respond to the music as they read the chapter.
Thur, Sept 23: Chapter 7 (Theater)  pp. 213-257.  summaries of the literature in the chapter will be assigned to students, who will present them in class.  In the event of excused absence, the student must read all  of the summaries and respond to them, in addition to reading the highlight the chapter. Writing Assignment or take home test.Chapter  8; pp261-296:  Musical Stage summaries of theMusicals and opera in the chapter will be assigned to students, who will present them in class.  In the event of excused absence, the student must read all  of the summaries and respond to them, in addition to reading the highlight the chapter. Writing Assignment or take home test.
Thursday, Sept 30 Review for Final Examination
Tuesday, Oct 5: Chapter 10, Religion;
Thursday, Oct 7 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 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:
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