Introduction to the Humanities
Sample Course Syllabus
Introduction to the Humanities focuses on the study and appreciation of representative examples of visual and performing arts, literature, music and religion of various world cultures. The exploration of interrelationships of the arts and their philosophies emphasizes the nature of humankind and the need to create.
The course explores human values, attitudes, and ideas by examining the history and nature of human creative expression from a variety of time periods, art forms, creators and cultural traditions. We will investigate the interrelationships of cultural history, spiritual traditions, philosophy, literature, and the visual and performing arts using readings, Internet research, comments posted to an online discussion forum, and both critical and creative projects.
Course Credit Hours: 3 hours Pre-Requisite: None Co-Requisite: None
Lecture: 3 hours Lab: 1 hour
Course Textbook (required)
The course textbook is Landmarks in Humanities, edited by Gloria Fiero. The textbook can be purchased from all Collin County Community College campus bookstores. Please be aware that this is a relatively new textbook; all Humanities 1301 courses at CCCC began using this textbook for the first time in the summer of 2005. (We no longer use The Humanistic Tradition, which was used for this course for several years before that).
The ISBN for this book is 0073207268.
Course Format and Requirements
The course consists of three reading units with a study quiz for each reading unit; four online discussion forums with new questions and topics to be addressed in each forum; one creative project assignment; one critical project assignment; one analytical essay; and three examinations. All assignments can be accessed from the course Homepage.
1) Quizzes each cover five chapters of the textbook -- Landmarks in Humanities. Each quiz is a 75-point, open-book "reading quiz" that surveys your reading of the text. For instance, as you read each chapter in the first unit (Chapters 1 through 5), you should be watching for answers to the questions from that chapter in Quiz 1. The quiz questions will give you a partial preparation and review for the exams. I will return your score for the quiz at the same time as your score for the associated exam. The questions in the study quizzes (which consist of short-answer and fill-in-the-blank questions) are numbered and also organized by textbook chapter. You should send your quiz answers to me using WebCT Mail. (Please send your answers in the body of the mail message, not as an attached file.) Your answers should be numbered and organized exactly as the quiz page. (Do not include the questions in your e-mail, only the answers.) In addition, be aware that these study quizzes must be your own work. You should not work with or obtain assistance from any other student, past or present (whether a friend, a spouse, a sibling, or a stranger), on the answers to the quizzes, whether through sharing of answers or through splitting up the work or through any other method. Doing so will be grounds for a 0 on the assignment (for all students involved), and all involved parties will be referred to the Dean of Students.
2) Forum Assignments will assign readings that cut across the historical timeline of the textbook. They introduce topics and questions that require responses in the Forum Discussions area, the online bulletin board for this class. You are required to post responses to the questions raised in the assigned reading, and then also to read the responses of other students and take part in a continuing discussion. Your score on the forum assignments will be based upon the regularity of your participation and upon the content value of your contributions. Also, your responses should be your own thoughts and your own words. If you borrow an idea from someone or somewhere else because you think it's useful and pertinent to the discussion, make sure you say so, and you tell us where it comes from. (You should also do your best to convey the ideas in your own words.) Each forum assignment is worth 75 points. (Scores for the forums will generally be distributed at the same time as your score on the next exam.) Additional information about the forums can be found on the Orientation page.
3) The Creative Project assignment will be designed to require a mixture of imagination, creative decision-making, and critical thought. This project, worth 50 points, will also be designed so that every student will be able to accomplish the task, regardless of your previous creative experience or skills. It will have both a creative visual component and an accompanying commentary (in your own words) of approximately 250 words in length. The project will be due at the beginning of the third-to-last week of classes. When you submit this assignment, you will send it to me as a file attached to a WebCT Mail message. (More information about the procedure for submission will be provided in the project assignment description.) A detailed description for the project will be posted on the course site during the fifth week of the term.
4) The Essay assignment, worth 50 points, will be designed to require a mixture of critical thought and synthesizing of ideas. You will be required to analyze a topic covered during the course, represent its various dimensions fairly, and construct an overall perspective on the topic. The required length will be approximately 1000 words, but the allowed range for word count will be announced in the assignment description. Your essay will be due at the beginning of the second-to-last week of classes. You should send your essay to me as a file attached to a WebCT Mail message. Although the work submitted for the project will require you to represent or draw upon the thoughts of others, the essay as a whole should be shaped primarily by your own thoughts and ideas. In those instances where using thoughts or information from an another person is useful, necessary, or appropriate, you must document such use thoroughly with parenthetical notes in your essay and a complete bibliographic entry for each outside source cited. (If you have questions about how to do this, please contact me before submitting your essay.) Failure to follow these guidelines will be grounds for a 0 on the assignment. Additional information about the structure and format of the essay will be provided in the detailed essay assignment description, which will be made available on the course site during the seventh week of the term.
5) The Critical Project assignment will be designed to require a mixture of critical thought and creative decision-making. This 75-point project will be due at the beginning of the last week of classes. When you submit this assignment, you will send it to me as a file attached to a WebCT Mail message. (More information about the procedure for submission will be provided in the project assignment description.) The total length of this project will be approximately 1000 words. A detailed description for the project will be posted on the course site during the tenth week of the term. Be aware that this is not a research paper. The work submitted for the project will be your own thoughts and ideas. In most cases, consulting outside sources will be of little assistance. In those cases where it might be helpful, I would still prefer that you rely on your own insight and analysis. In those very rare instances where using thoughts or information from an outside source is both useful and appropriate, you must document such use thoroughly with parenthetical notes in your paper and a complete bibliographic entry for each outside source cited. (If you have questions about how to do this, please contact me before submitting your essay.) Failure to follow these guidelines will be grounds for a 0 on the assignment.6) Exams will be taken on WebCT. They will be available from Monday through Saturday of the designated exam week. During the week before each exam (two to three days after the due date for the quiz for that exam period), an exam prep will be made available on the Exam Materials page. This exam prep will contain the correct answers to the quiz questions, plus additional material to prepare for the exam. On the first day of the exam week, the exam will be made available in the Exams area (found on the Exam Materials page). The exams will have a time limit, designed so that you have enough time to answer all the questions if you've studied the exam material thoroughly. Be careful not to put off the test until the very last minute. If you wait until late on the last day of the exam period, and then something unexpected happens, the exam will close down and you won't be able to get access to it.
For additional information, please read the Orientation page found on the WebCT course site. The material on the Orientation page should be considered as part of this Syllabus, and you are expected to adhere to the guidelines found there just as you are expected to adhere to this Syllabus.
Method of Evaluation
The successful and on-time completion of each assignment will yield the maximum number of points. Fewer points will be awarded when the assignment is late or only partially complete (even if it correctly fulfills other criteria).
EXAMS: 3 x 100 points = 300 points
FORUMS: 4 x 75 points = 300 points
QUIZZES: 3 x 75 points = 225 points
PROJECT: 1 x 75 points = 75 points
PROJECT: 1 x 50 points = 50 points
ESSAY: 1 x 50 points = 50 points
TOTAL = 1000 course points
Course Grading Scale:
A = 900--1000 points
B = 800--899 points
C = 700--799 points
D = 600--699 points
F = 599 and below
Withdrawal Date and Course Repeats
Please note that the deadline for withdrawing from this course with a grade of W for the XXXX term is Friday, month xx.
COLLEGE REPEAT POLICY: A student may repeat this course only once after receiving a grade, including a grade of W.
[Note: If you drop the course before the census date you will not be penalized in regard to the repeat policy. If you withdraw from the course after the census date, a grade of W will be posted to your transcript and count as one attempt under the repeat policy.]
Expected Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:
1. Analyze primary works in the arts and humanities in terms of how they contribute to the meaning of human experience.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the skills involved in creating art and performance.
3. Identify aesthetic principles of the arts and humanities.
4. Select and use the vocabulary of the humanities at an appropriate intellectual level.
5. Identify works in the arts and humanities within a historical framework.
6. Describe a personal response to works of the arts and humanities from within an intercultural context.
Due to the nature of this online course, there is no specific attendance policy.* However, a close inspection of the course Calendar will show that there are tasks or assignments due every week during the semester. That being the case, responsible attention to your course work will involve logging into the course at least once a week. Also, since conditions might arise that require slight modifications to the Calendar or to the assignments, it would be wise for you to login at least twice a week to ensure that you are up to date with the conditions and expectations of the class.
All work described above can be completed during a generous window of opportunity, and doing so should not pose a difficulty under normal circumstances. If extraordinary circumstances arise that prevent you from being able to complete an assignment during the allowed time period, I recommend that you discuss them with me (preferably before the event, if that is possible). Also, if you anticipate being without Internet access for an extended period of time during the semester, then perhaps you should consider taking the course under some other format. This is, after all, an online course.
If you have specific questions on the college's policy regarding Religious Holy Days, please refer to the current CCCCD Student Handbook.
* Please note that, if you are a financial aid recipient or a member of a Collin athletic team, there might be attendance and participation requirements specific to your situation. It is your responsibility to know what those requirements are and to adhere to them.
Please see my policies regarding your coursework described under Course Format and Requirements, earlier in this Syllabus. For information on the issue of plagiarism and how to avoid it, follow this link and carefully study the material found there. Also, below this I have included the official policy of Collin County Community College regarding academic ethics and scholastic dishonesty. If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to contact me.
The College may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty.
Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts, or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree and/or the submission as one's own work material that is not one's own. Scholastic dishonesty may involve, but is not limited to, one or more of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion, use of annotated texts or teacher’s editions, and/or falsifying academic records.
Plagiarism is the use of an author's words or ideas as if they were one's own without giving credit to the source, including, but not limited to, failure to acknowledge a direct quotation.
Cheating is the willful giving or receiving of information in an unauthorized manner during an examination, illicitly obtaining examination questions in advance, copying computer or Internet files, using someone else's work for assignments as if it were one's own, or any other dishonest means of attempting to fulfill the requirements of a course.
Collusion is intentionally aiding or attempting to aid another in an act of scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to providing a paper or project to another student, providing an inappropriate level of assistance; communicating answers to a classmate during an examination; removing tests or answer sheets from a test site, and allowing a classmate to copy answers.
WITH DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANCE
It is the policy of Collin County Community College to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities. This college will adhere to all applicable federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the student's responsibility to contact the ACCESS Office, Spring Creek Campus, Suite G200, or 972-881-5898 (V/TDD 972-881-5950), in a timely manner if he or she desires to arrange for accommodations.
Instructor: Rich DeRouen
You should use WebCT Mail to correspond with me for all course-related matters during the semester. If some problem prevents you from being able to use WebCT or the WebCT Mail function, the address above can be used to contact me. Also, you should make sure that I have your "Cougar" e-mail address, so that I can contact you under the same conditions. (Please see the Orientation document for more information on this.)
My office is located on the Central Park Campus, in McKinney. Should you feel the need for a personal meeting, please contact me about scheduling an appointment.