LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


F2AA 2010 LC


Arias, Susan M.


Adjunct Faculty


M.A. English Miami of Ohio; M.A. Theater Miami of Ohio; B.A. Theater Miami of Ohio Post Graduate work in Education California State University Dominguez Hills; Certificate Rhema Bible Training Center, Broken Arrow, OK; Teaching credentials from California, Hawaii, and Texas

Office Location

Lackland AFB

Office Hours

Before or After Class

Daytime Phone

(210) 247-8913


Semester Dates

October 23,2010 - December 11, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

7:45 - 1:10 PM



Credit Hours


Ways of Reading, 8th Ed., Bartholomae, David / Petrosky, Anthony , 2008. ISBN: 978-0-312-45413-5

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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 course is arranged into areas of coverage meant to invigorate your sense of what it means to be human, enliven your inquisitive spirit relative to humanities study, and illuminate the relationships among your life, the world, and patterns replicated among humans. Such rich, interdisciplinary patterns, loosely identified, form the areas of coverage for this course, which you will investigate through class discussions and exploratory writings. You will also work through stages of writing, research, peer response and revision, for a substantial project, which you will share late in the term.

Furthermore, students will emerge from the class with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the humanities. In the interest of "liberat[ing] students from intellectual, social, and cultural parochialism" we will pursue 1) an understanding of your humanness, 2) a sense of the history of human thought and creativity, 3) a perspective of diverse and contrary ideas that have shaped human life and society, and 4) an examined set of primary values that lead to an understanding of what being human means and requires of you.

Through this course of study and through multiple explorations grounded in manifestations of humanness, students will-we imagine-fulfill a substantial and thorough introduction to humanities, which will proliferate ongoing transformations toward becoming "more fully human."

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:
  Discussion questions, individual assessment of learning, classroom activities, research project: paper and PowerPoint presentation, student choice: 2 out of 5 exploration essays, final exam.


Graded Components and Criteria
Written Project - A major research essay* exploring a topic (or set of topics) in the Humanities. 1800-2700 words. Assessment of the written project will include developmental stages such as the prospectus and a draft. 30 % (300 pts.)
*Note: At the instructor's discretion, the nature of this project and its focus may vary from traditional models of research writing.
Explorations in the Humanities - Brief analysis analytical responses (appr. 500 words) exploring humanities sub-fields. Students will complete two out of five opportunities. 20 % (200 pts.)
Interchanges in the Humanities - Weekly discussions centered on focal areas in the Humanities. 18 % (180 pts.)

Final Exam - A comprehensive final examination administered by an approved proctor during week eight. 20 % (200 pts.)
Correlation and Review - Weekly assessments of individual learning and progress. 6 % (60 pts.)
Introduction - Personal introductions and dialogue. 2% (20 pts.)
Peer response - Posting a draft and responding to drafts of classmates. 4% (40 pts.)

Grading Scale: Your instructor will provide you with ongoing progress reports of your average grade throughout the term, which you can check at any time by visiting the Gradebook in eCollege.
The standard grading scale is:
A = 90 - 100
B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60 - 69
F = 0 - 59

Final examination - An examination will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by the university where Park University sites are not available. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor who will be accepted and approved by the instructor before the end of week six. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University web site: For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. A proctor request form will be made available to you during the second week of class so that you can submit your formal arrangements for approval.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Grading Conditions: Late Work and Length Limits
Late Work: Work must be submitted on time to be considered for credit. Late installments of the project (prospectus, draft or polished copy) will receive a full grade deduction for each day past the deadline. Therefore, an installment that is due Sunday will not earn passing credit after Wednesday. Late explorations will not be accepted. Interchanges and correlation and review entries must be completed by the end of the week to be considered for credit.

Length Limits: The specific assignment threads will suggest a length range for explorations and the project. The range is established as a reasonable guide for your written work. Any written work that does not meet the general length requirements will receive a penalty proportionate to the portion missing. In other words, if a student submits a project with just 1500 words, the final grade of the project would be reduced by the percentage it fell short of the bottom end of the range, or about 17% (300/1800). On the upward end, a project may exceed the required length at the instructor's discretion; however, you are urged to moderate the scope of your projects with sensitivity the prescribed limits.

Your responses for the Interchanges in the Humanities should be thoughtful and substantive to earn full credit. Examples of desirable, full-bodied responses and undesirable, partial responses will be provided during the first week of the course. Written entries should be thoughtfully developed and no entry should be no less than four sentences in length. Entries can be spontaneous, suggesting, when appropriate, your tentative position on issues; nevertheless, your posts should be carefully read before making them final. Underdeveloped posts will receive partial credit. A detailed assessment rubric for interchanges is available in your eCollege course under "Doc Sharing."

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
  No eating or drinking at any time in the Lackland AFB classrooms. Trash must be emptied outside the building before entering the classroom. Cell phones need to be off or on vibrate during the class. Thank you.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Class Date

Class Activities

In-Class Assignments




Class 1

The Humanities in the Twenty-First Century

What are the Humanities? What does it mean to be human? Prewrite/Discussion

DQ week one and assessment of individual learning due in discussion and drop box

Tuesday 10/26/10



Class 2

Anthropology/Human Culture/Participant-Observation and Ethnographic Methods

Methodology exercises/activity

Explorations in the Humanities

DQ week two and assessment of individual learning due in discussion and drop box





Class 3

Music/Aesthetics/Popular Culture

Music Jigsaw activity

Explorations in the Humanities

 DQ week three and assessment of individual learning due in discussion and drop box





Class 4


Economic Team Competition activity

Explorations in the Humanities

DQ week four and assessment of individual learning  due in discussion and drop box





Class 5

Research Project Development

Discussion of research topics/bid

Explorations in the Humanities

 DQ week five; assessment of individual learning; and research prospectus due in discussion and drop box





Class 6

History/Revision/Methods and Problems for History


Timeline activity

Explorations in the Humanities

DQ week six; assessment of individual learning; and research draft due in discussion and drop box Tuesday




Class 7

Philosophy/Experience/Formal Education

Logic Activity

Explorations in the Humanities

DQ week seven; assessment of individual learning; and  research final paper with PPT due in discussion and drop box Tuesday

Post 2 of the 5 Explorations in the Humanities in drop box




Class 8

A Bundle of Relations/Final Exam

Course Review

Presentation of Research PPTs

Q & A

DQ week eight; assessment of individual learning; 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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