LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

for U1EE 2011

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


U1EE 2011 MO


Thomas, Todd


Adjunct Faculty


ABD - The Florida State University
M.A. English - Valdosta State University
B.A. English - Indiana University-Kokomo

Office Location

Moody AFB, GA

Office Hours

After class or email within the course

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

May 30, 2011 - July 24, 2011

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


No text is required for this class.  We will read a number of handouts every week.
Students may be directed to online materials as part of the assigned reading for the course.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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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:

Core Assessment:

Every course has a Core Assessment, which is one assignment given in all sections of the course. For LS211 the Core Assessment consists of five exams which will exhibit competency and mastery of both writing (Test Essays) and Critical Thinking (Developed Short Answers).

Class Assessment:

There will be 4 tests in this class which consist of short answer and essays, as well as quizzes/weekly question responses and a final daily grade based on attendance and participation in discussions, and class assignments. The final will not be cumulative.




Final Grade Assessment

Test 1  100 points

Test 2  100 points

Test 3  100 points

Test 4  100 points

Weekly Reading/Writing Assignments 20 points each x 5 assignments    100 points

Daily Grade      100 points

Total Possible Points: 700


540-600 points=A; 480-539=B; 420-479=C; 360-419=D; 359-0=F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Test essays and other assignments are due at the beginning of class and must be turned in on the due date (or earlier) regardless of whether you are in class. If you have an emergency or an unavoidable delay, you must notify me ahead of time. Printing problems are not an excuse for submitting a test essay late. In case of emergency, you may email your essay to me as a word attachment. Late points will accrue in relation to when it arrives in my email in-box.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please  put cell phones on vibrate during class. No food or drink is permitted in classrooms.  

Students: Please arrive on time, having done the assigned readings before class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:



Topic for in class activities

Activities, Assignments to post in dropbox

Week 1 5/30 - 6/5

Intro to the humanities

The Classical World

"The Greek Gods"
Week 2
  6/6 - 6/12

Test 1 

"Classical Art"
"Renaissance Art"
"Modern Art"
Week 3 6/13-6/19


Trifles; Sure Thing: Death of a Salesman

Week 4
 6/20 -6/26
Short Story
Test 2

“The Story of an Hour”; “A Rose for Emily”; “A Good Man is Hard to Find” “Hills like White Elephants”

Week 5
 6/27 - 7/3



Week 6
 7/4 - 7/10
Test 3
"Film Noir"
Week 7


Race, Culture, Identity: Misunderstood Connections 101-140; Do the Right Thing

Week 8
 7/18 -7/24

Popular Culture

Test 4 (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

Disability Guidelines:
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