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1 HUMN 101 The Humanities in Western Culture From a Scale 1-10 (1 = low demands; 5 = moderate demands; 10 = very demanding), How would you rate the overall level of difficulty of this course? Level 3. HUMN 101 is an introductory course, usually taken at the freshman level. The main demands lie in the sheer volume of what is covered--from ancient civilizations through the modern era. From a Scale 1-10 (1 = low demands; 5 = moderate demands; 10 = very demanding), How would you rate the level of the reading requirements in this course? Level 2. The course is more heavily dependent on the lecture presentations than other courses. The main expectation is that the worktext is to be used in conjunction with the lectures and to be studied for the exams. From a Scale 1-10 (1 = low demands; 5 = moderate demands; 10 = very demanding), How would you rate the level of the lecture requirements in this course? Level 6--for two reasons. (1) There are 35 audio lectures, each averaging about 45 minutes in length. (2) The highly generalized approach places a high value on abstract thinking. From a Scale 1-10 (1 = low demands; 5 = moderate demands; 10 = very demanding), How would you rate the level of the online exam requirements in this course? Level 3. As with any exam, you should expect questions that range across the difficulty spectrum. But for the student who has worked carefully the lecture materials, the four exams (40 questions each) are not unreasonably difficult. From a Scale 1-10 (1 = low demands; 5 = moderate demands; 10 = very demanding), How would you rate the level of the discussion board requirements in this course? Level 3. One discussion board posting per each of the four units is required, on topics that are clearly specified. A lot of latitude is granted for personal input, though postings should be (1) relevant to the unit material, and (2) substantive (consisting at a minimum of thoughtful, focused paragraph). From a Scale 1-10 (1 = low demands; 5 = moderate demands; 10 = very demanding), How would you rate the level of the written paper requirements in this course? Level 1. There are no written assignments in HUMN 101. Additional comments:
2 The course is laid out very systematically with introductory PowerPoint presentations that point the student directly to the key ideas and themes to be developed in that lecture. The 35 audio lectures, used in conjunction with the worktext, form the backbone of the course material. Students who have difficulty with the course are those who underestimate the volume of material to be covered. It is essential that you put yourself on a schedule so as to complete each unit within the specified two-week time period.
Textbook: The Humanities: A Christian Approach
LEARNING ACTIVITIES 9 PowerPoint lectures 9 audio lectures Discussion Board 1 EXAM 1 10 PowerPoint lectures 10 audio lectures Discussion Board 2 EXAM 2 9 Power Point lectures 9 audio lectures Discussion Board 3 EXAM 3 6 PowerPoint lectures 6 audio lectures Discussion Board 4 FINAL EXAM TOTAL PERCENT
5 20 100
HUMN 101 HUMANITIES IN WESTERN CULTURE COURSE DESCRIPTION A survey course which concentrates on the developments of Western Culture. It is an integrated study of the visual arts, drama and music, and the discipline of philosophy that permeates all the arts. RATIONALE The study of the humanities is foundational to a liberal arts education.
Babcock, Michael. The Humanities: A Christian Approach. Lynchburg, VA: HPS Publishing, 2006. Note: This is a worktext with lecture notes, reading materials, illustrations, and assignments that are keyed to the work we do in class. Additional reading assignments may also be placed online (Blackboard) throughout the semester. These will be announced by e-mail and on Blackboard. III. MATERIALS FOR LEARNING A. B. C. IV. Internet access (broadband or cable recommended) and Microsoft Word Computer with audio and video capabilities Textbook(s)
MEASURABLE LEARNING OBJECTIVES A. At the end of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate an acceptable command of the main artistic concepts, achievements, and traditions that have shaped the western cultural heritage. The most important objective of this course is to foster and enhance in each
5 student the lifelong process of looking at our culture from a biblical perspective. V. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS A. B. Textbook readings Discussion boards: You are required to participate in ongoing discussions online through Blackboard for each unit (i.e., each week of the course). This will take the form of either (1) responding directly to questions that I will place on Blackboard (under "Course Documents"), or (2) raising any related topic that is relevant to the material at hand. Considerable latitude will be given here, provided the interaction stays "on point." The objective of this assignment is to foster interaction with other students in the course by creating a virtual classroom experience. C. VI. Exams/Tests (4)
EVALUATION AND GRADING A. Weight (or points) Discussion Boards (4 at 5% each) Exam 1 Lessons 1-9 Exam 2 Lessons 10-19 Exam 3 Lessons 20-28 Exam 4 Lessons 29-34 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%
Scale A = 90100 B = 80-89 C = 70-79 D = 60-69 F = 059
You are expected to understand and abide by the Honor Code. Disciplinary action will be taken for any form of academic dishonesty.