When you have successfully completed this course, you should be able to do the following:
You will need to purchase these books:
Note: You should purchase the etext that combines volumes 1 and 2, so that you have access to the multimedia elements. We will cover chapters 16–40, skipping chapters 18 and 32. The etext access information will be emailed to you after you buy it. You do not need MyArtsLab. You do not need access to anything other than the etext itself. This online course and the Sayre etext are your primary resources.
When you receive your access code email, click Sayre, "The Humanities" Etext (in the course table of contents, right after the syllabus).
The screen will show a "Loading..." message, then seem to freeze. Look at the address bar of your browser. You will see a shield icon. Click the icon, and choose the option to disable protection or enable unsafe scripts. This will allow you to see the etext content.
Enter the access code for the Sayre etext, and you will be able to read the chapters online.
Throughtou the course, to view your etext, click Sayre, "The Humanities" Etext, click the shield icon to enable the script (if necessary), and enjoy!
You will need to buy this novel as well.
These readings are provided in the course or available online:
Each chapter includes a Self Check exercise which consists of 20 multiple-choice questions that cover the chapter material. You can take the Self Check exercises an unlimited number of times, each time with a different set of questions. It is recommended that you take them until you can comfortably answer any question that appears.
Self Check exercises do not count toward your course grade, but they give you helpful practice for the chapter quizzes and exams.
You will take a 20-question multiple-choice quiz at the end of each chapter. The quizzes do count toward your course grade.
They test your reading comprehension of the chapter and your understanding of the learning objectives as well as concepts, images, and terms. The quizzes help you understand what you have learned well and what can be improved. As such, they are good study material for the exams.
Quizzes are open book and open note. They are, however, timed. You will have 1 hour to complete each one.
Reading responses are informal writing assignments intended to help you engage some specific question or idea broached by a text. These reading response assignments should help you in getting beyond surface description of the text and to ask and answer meaningful and more complex questions about the texts. These assignments are also intended to help you develop the writing and critical thinking skills fundamental to the learning objectives of the course as well as those necessary to write thesis paper.
You will read all 11 selections, and complete 8 reading responses. In three cases, you will be able to choose between two different readings.
Note: It is very important for you to read each reading selection, because ideas from them will also be covered in the quizzes and exams.
Reading responses should be approximately 250 words (one page) in length. They should answer the question clearly and directly but also substantively. A clear and direct statement answering the question should begin your reading response (a thesis) followed by multiple sentences that explain your answer. Use at least one quote from the text to support your ideas. You may use more quotes but these should be kept to a minimum and, if used, should be short. Be careful to consider alternatives to your answer or other ways of thinking about the question. This will help you write a more focused and better answer.
A premium is placed on a focused, clear, and succinct answer to the question. Here is how points will be awarded:
The humanities and culture is more than just the history and artifacts found in the course text and assigned readings. It is what is going on around you right now. During the semester, you are required to attend two cultural events and report on them.
Please note that not anything and everything will count as a cultural event. The rule of thumb here is an event that would be considered “high culture.” This is to say that a classical music concert counts whereas a rock concert will not. Attendance at a Las Vegas-style show will not count whereas a play performed by your local theater company will. This is not to say that these events that do not count are not culture. They are. However, in this course we are interested in high culture, even as the course is also noting how tenuous that line is between high and low culture. If you have questions, err on the side of professional or semi-professional performances done of major works of western culture.
These reports are rather informal. Answer briefly each of the following questions in your response:
The reports are graded on an honest-completion basis, but points may be lost through excessive bad spelling, inappropriate material, or failure to complete the assignment.
Two analysis or thesis papers are required. These analysis papers can be considered expansions of the reading response assignments, and you are welcome to use ideas from the reading responses to help you write your analysis papers. You may choose the object on which you wish to write as well as the thesis, but the object should be one of the literary, visual, or musical works assigned for the class or something from the Sayre book.
There is no need to do any outside research for the thesis paper. All evidence and support for your thesis should come from your own close reading and analysis of the selected object.
Thesis papers should contain a focused thesis statement with three to five supporting paragraphs containing evidence to support your thesis. The paper should conclude with a restatement of your original thesis and summarize the argument of your paper.
Thesis papers should be between two and three pages (500-700 words) long, double-spaced, and in 11-12 point font.
Here are the specific requirements that I will use to grade your thesis papers:
Save your thesis papers as Word documents (.DOC or .DOCX files) and submit them electronically for grading. Follow this naming convention: IHUM202_JaneSmith_Thesis1.DOCX.
The course includes three exams, two midcourse exams and the final, corresponding to three sections of material.
Exams consist of image identification, comparison of images, passage identification, short answer, multiple choice, definitions, and short essay questions. The exams are not necessarily comprehensive, although you may be required to draw general connections between historical and cultural periods.
Adopt these habits to help you succeed in this course.
Understanding and knowing the syllabus is essential to doing well in this course. The syllabus and course materials contain all of the information necessary to doing well in this course. Please consult the syllabus first with any questions you might have.
Effectively managing your time for this course is crucial to your doing well. The university recommends that for every 1 credit hour spent in class you should spend 2 outside in preparation. Since this is an online course and there is no time spent in class, you should still be thinking of spending approximately 10 hours a week on this course alone. With the flexibility of the online course, there is very little in the way of external structure to the course. Thus, you will have to monitor your own time commitment. Doing well in this course is directly correlated to how much time you invest in it.
Although there are several small assignments, understand that I have eliminated busy work from this course. Every assignment is integrated as preparation for other assignments. For example, careful reading of the assigned readings will allow you to write good reading responses. Writing high-quality reading responses will in turn will help you to write better thesis papers, which in turn will help you be better prepared for exams.
You will complete these assignments and exams during this course.
|Assignment||% Each||Total %|
|22 end-of-chapter quizzes||1||22|
|8 reading responses (1 page each)||3||24|
|2 cultural-event reports||4||8|
|2 thesis papers (2–3 pages each)||8||16|
Midcourse Exam 1
Your letter grade will be determined using these percentages:
|E (fail)||59 and below|
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