LS212 Introduction to the Arts

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LS 212 Introduction to the Arts


SP 2011 HOA


Ludecke, Larry C.


Adjunct Professor


AA-Liberal Arts- JCCC
BA- Language and Literature - Park U.
MA - English  UMKC

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Office Hours

Before and After Class

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

January 10, 2011 - May 6, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 AM

Credit Hours


The Humanities Through The Arts Eighth Edition  by F. David Martin and Lee A. Jacobus, 2011

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Course Description:
LS212 Introduction to the Arts (MGE): 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:
My Educational Philosophy is based on providing "opportunities" to learn, which focus on interaction.  Reading, group work, class discussion are essential components of this learning process.  Students will have opportunities to learn and further develop their skills to analyze, criticize and synthesize readings.

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:
Response Papers:  We will write a response paper for each chapter we cover in-class.  It should be typed, double spaced, and two pages long.

Research Essay:  The essay will be based on a subject covered in class.   You can pick the subject you want to research.

Research Essay Presentation:  You will present your essay to the class, including your motivation for the subject matter, and explain your process of researching.


Response Papers:

Correct length and expresses original thought = 30 points
Correct length, but original thoughts are weak = 20 points
Less than 2 pages and summarizes the chapter = 10 points
No original thoughts, severe grammar problems = 0 points

Research Essay:

Well written, sources are used to support the thesis. = 350 points
Well written, sources not used correctly, but reveals
original thought. = 300 points
Grammar and punctuation makes it hard to follow. = 200 points
Poorly written, no sources used, no original thought = 100 points

Research Essay Presentation:

Interesting and pulls the audience into the presentation = 300 points
Failed to fully answer questions from the audience 
about the research used and why you were interested. = 250 points
Presentation did not follow the subject, and appeared
to confuse the audience. = 200 points
Presentation was less than 15 minutes and the presenter
did not seem to be prepared. = 100  points

Core Assessment:  Based on the Research Paper and the Presentation.

Response Papers 350 Points 

Research Essay 350 Points

Presentation 300 Points

900-1000 Points = A
800-899  Points = B
700-799  Points C
600-699  Points = D
Less than 600 F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All work is due at the beginning of the class on the due date.  Late work cannot be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
We must show respect for each other and for the opinions of others.  You are strongly encouraged to participate in classroom discussions.  Be open to new ideas and do not discourage others from expressing themselves.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1

Jan 10-14

Syllabus Presentation and Intro Essay Assigned

Introduction Presentations

Chapter 1 “The Humanities: An Introduction” (Assigned)

Week 2

Jan 19-21

Chapter 1 Response Paper Due

Class Discussion of Chapter 1  and Lecture

Chapter 2  “What is a Work of Art?  (Assigned)

Week 3

Jan 24-28

Chapter 2 Response Paper Due

Class Discussions of Chapter 2  and Lecture

Chapter 3 “Being a Critic of the Arts”  (Assigned)

Week 4

Jan 31-Feb 4th

Chapter 3 Response Paper Due

Class and Group Work and Discussion and Lecture

Chapter 4  “Painting”  (Assigned)

Week 5

Feb 7-11

Chapter 4 Response Paper Due

Group Work and Class Discussion and Lecture

Chapter 5  “Sculpture”  (Assigned)

Week 6

Feb 14-18

Chapter 5 Response Paper Due

Class Discussion and Group Work

Chapter 6  “Architecture”  (Assigned)

Week 7

Feb 23-25

Chapter 6 Response Paper Due

Group Work and Class Discussion and Lecture

Chapter 7  “Literature” (Assigned)

Week 8

Feb 28 - March 4

Chapter 7 Response Paper Due

Class Discussion and Group Work and Lecture

Chapter 8  “Drama”  (Assigned)

March 7-11

Spring Break

Week 9

March 7-11

Chapter 8 Response Paper Due

Class Discussion and Group Work and Lecture

Chapter 9  “Music”  (Assigned)

Week 10

March 14-18

Chapter 9 Response Paper Due

Class Discussion and Lecture

Chapter 10  “Dance”  (Assigned)

Week 11

March 21-25

Chapter 10 Response Paper Due

Class Discussion and Lecture

Chapter 13  “Photography”  (Assigned)

Week 12

March 28-April 1

Chapter 13 Response Paper Due

Class Discussion and Lecture

Chapter 16 “The Interrelationships of the Arts (Assigned)

Week 13

April 4-8

Chapter 16 Response Paper Due

Class Discussion and Lecture

Final Project Presentation Pre-Work

Week 14

April 11-15

Final Presentation Preparations

Presentations Begin

Week 15

April 18-20


Week 16

April 25-29





Finals Week

May 2-6

Presentations Continue If Not Completed






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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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