LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


F1KK 2010 HA


Voshell, Melissa Park


Adjunct Professor


M.M. in Flute Performance  Peabody Conservatory of Music
B.M. in Performance   Jacksonville University (FL)

Office Hours

By appointment only

Daytime Phone

(978) 602-0361


Semester Dates

16 August 2010-10 October 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 8:30 PM

Credit Hours



Janaro, Richard P., and Thelma C. Altshuler. The Art of Being Human. 9th ed. Pearson/Longman, 2009.

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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 instructor intends to stay close to the textbook although lectures will be supplemented with, but not limited to video, PowerPoint presentations, and audio examples. She strives to make the topics discussed in class relevant to her students' lives and welcomes the talents and insights of her students to supplement the learning experience when appropriate. 

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:
There will be three tests (40-50 pts each) plus the final exam (100 pts), several written assignments (10-20 pts), quizzes (10 pts) and one final paper/presentation (50 pts). 

Attendance Grade:
Students will be awarded one point for each day of attendance in class. Points for classes attended will be averaged into your final grade.


Your final grade in this class will be based on the total points you earn throughout the semester as a percentage of the total possible points. 

Example: Joe earned 465 points out of a possible 500.  His grade is a 93/A.

90-100 A
80-89   B
70-79   C
60-69   D
0-59     F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Unless arrangements have been made with the instructor ahead of time, late assignments will be penalized one point per day (weekends count), and late assignments will not be accepted at all if the assignments have already been graded and returned to the class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to show up for class on time and ready to participate in the day's discussions.  They should refrain from carrying on other conversations or causing distractions in class.  Students should refrain from texting during class.  Phone calls should be taken outside the classroom with minimal disruption to classroom activities.  Students who need to leave class early should inform the instructor at the beginning of class.  Students should consult with their peers for notes or information missed due to late arrivals/early departures or absences.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
This schedule is TENTATIVE. A detailed schedule will be available after the beginning of the term, and revised as needed as we cover the material for the class.

Week 1  
The Humanities, Critical Thinking and Myth
Week 2   Quiz #1, Art                          
Week 3   Exam #1, Music
Week 4   Quiz #2, Theater and The Musical Stage 
Week 5   Exam #2, Cinema
Week 6    Quiz #3Love, Death and Life Affirmation
Week 7    Exam #3, Conflicts in Art, Final Exam Review
Week 8   Project Presentations and Final Exam

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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