HUM 2230 - Humanistic Tradition II (5-11)
Summer A 2011
a college course taught online
Instructor: Dr. Harry S. Email: WebCourses Mail ONLY
Office: PSY 227
Hours: Real Live Human Virtual Office Hours: 10 p.m. on eve of class days
Being - Thursdays 1-3 p.m.
Course Description: An interdisciplinary, multicultural study of the arts and sciences
contributed by diverse human traditions to world civilization. Focus is on modern
civilizations and their contributions to the Global Village. Primary sources (in translation)
are emphasized (UCF Course Catalogue 2005-6)
1. To analyze, evaluate and discuss the chronology and significance of major events
and movements in western, U.S. and world civilizations in each of the periods studied
(Baroque, Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, Modernism and Post-Modernism)
2. To understand, interpret and discuss how those ideas and developments are
reflected in the art, music, drama, literature, religion and philosophy of each period
3. To develop skills in critical and creative exploration of different cultures, traditions,
and depth dimensions of the human spirit through readings, discussions, debates,
group research and presentations, written and creative art work
4. To develop a better understanding of myself and my place in human history which
can be formed, reflected upon critically and articulated in verbal, written and non-verbal
Practical Skills Developed
Students will develop and practice the following skills in this course:
Development of critical analysis, questioning of presumptions, awareness of one's own
Development of expansive thought, developing data into knowledge through
understanding the context, subtext and significance of ideas;
Development of creative, synthetic thought which applies knowledge through
expressions unique to the individual
Development of student's ability to write at college level
Development of ability to construct logical arguments to support positions
Development of ability to express ideas through multi-media technologies and non-
Development of student's ability to express ideas in group and class discussions
Development of ability to work with other individuals and as a member of a group
1. Henry M. Sayre, The Humanities: Culture, Continuity & Change, Vol. II (Upper Saddle
River, NJ: Pearson, 2008)
2. Henry M. Sayre, The Humanities: Culture, Continuity & Change, Vol. II, Music CD
3. Other assigned materials as provided
Withdrawal Deadline: It is this instructor's desire and intent that every student
complete this course in good standing. However, should it become necessary for the
student to withdraw, it is the student's responsibility to withdraw from the course prior to
the deadline on Friday, June 3, 11:59 PM
Course Requirements and Grading
This class requires active engagement of all students. If you do not wish to engage the
course materials and the members of this learning community or if you do not have
sufficient time, this is NOT the course for you.
Students can earn up to 175 total points in the following manner:
A. PRELIMINARY ACTIVITIES
Preliminary Exercise (includes ecommunity self-introduction with photo)
Preliminary Quiz (tests awareness of course requirements)
Diagnostic Test (tests awareness of course content)
B. DISCUSSIONS 5 weekly original discussion posts + 2 response posts each (3
posts per week, 30 total) - format provided
C. END OF TERM ACTIVITIES - End of term survey + Engagement Self-Evaluation
ENGAGEMENT COMPONENT TOTAL = 175/700 total points (25% of total grade)
2. GORDON RULE WRITING COMPONENT
This is a Gordon Rule course. The purpose of the Gordon Rule is simple to insure that
Florida's college graduates are able to write at college level proficiency. The idea is that with
practice and feedback, college level writing can be demonstrated. Your writing is the only way
many people will ever know you. Thus you want your writing to be at least as good as your
CAVEAT: Students are required to obtain at least a passing score on four Gordon Rule
Papers. This does NOT mean simply writing and submitting the papers. You must obtain
a passing score on all four papers to receive Gordon Rule credit. You must also earn at
least a C- in the course as a whole to get Gordon Rule credit. (NOTE: Philosophy
Department majors must record at least a C to get credit towards graduation) Students who do
not complete the four papers with a passing grade on each cannot make higher than a D+
in the course.
- Papers which do not meet college level writing will be returned for rewriting and resubmission.
- Students may be encouraged to consult the University Writing Center.
- Papers which do not obtain a passing score must be rewritten and resubmitted to count toward
Gordon Rule credit.
- Students may complete a fourth paper for extra credit. To obtain extra credit students must
take the quiz, write the paper and complete the required postings. Extra credit is not available
for any single part of the assignment alone.
Students can meet the Gordon Rule requirement through the following assignments:
A. Three Gordon Rule Essays - 3 @ 50 points = 150 total pts.
These papers will be the essay questions on the same material as Exams I, II
and III. You will have a 24 window to open the question, write your essay, submit to
Assignments function and to turnitin.com.
NO LATE PAPERS ACCEPTED.
B. Summary Reflection Paper The final paper will be a reflection on the material
discussed over the semester = 50 points
WRITING TOTAL = 4 papers @ 50 = 200/700 points ( 29% of total grade)
A. CONTENT QUIZZES 25 required quizzes @ 5 pts. = 125 total
Content quizzes are designed to insure that students read the assigned material and have at
least a rudimentary understanding of it. Students may miss up to three content quizzes of the 28
total and still earn up to the 125 points possible. Students may take any or all of the three
remaining content quizzes for up to 15 points extra credit.
B. EXAMINATIONS 2/3 @ 100 points = 200 points total
Students will take three examinations each covering approximately 1/3 of the course material.
The examinations, worth 100 points possible, will be objective exams requiring identification and
comprehension of artifacts and artists, literature and writers and thinkers and their ideas as well
as familiarity with class notes. There will be a 24 hour window of access in which to take the
exam. Students are responsible for having the required computer access and programs to take
The exams will also test knowledge and comprehension of musical selections from each period
as found on the course musical supplement CD.
- Students do not get to blow off either Exam I or II. Failure to take either exam results
in that 0 being added to Exam III for the total exam score.
- Students will drop the lower grade of the first two examinations.
- The higher of the two exams will be added to Exam III which will be given on the final
- All students will take some version of Exam III.
- There will be no comprehensive mid-term or final examination.
- Students who make at least an A- on the first two exams will take an open book, open
note Alternative Exam III. Their examination grade will be composed of Exams I and II unless
they fail to complete the Alternative Exam III (in which case a 0 is added to the higher
of Exams I or II). They will not take closed book Exam III.
- There will be no makeup exams or quizzes given. All students must take exams during
the window of access noted on the schedule. No exceptions.
Two exam scores @ 100 points each = 200 points
EXAMINATION AND QUIZZES TOTAL = 325/700 points (46% of total grade)
93 - 100 = A 88-89 = B+ 78-79 = C+ 68-69 = D+ Below 60 = F
90-92 = A- 83-87 = B 73-77 = C 63-67 = D
80-82 = B- 70-72 = C- 60-62 = D-
for an explanation of what these grades mean, see So, what does my grade mean?
FINAL GRADES (Out of 700 possible points total)
651 - 700 = A 616 - 629 = B+ 546 - 559 = C+ 476 - 489 = D+ Below 420 = F
630 - 650 = A- 581 - 615 = B 511 - 545 = C 441 - 475 = D
560 - 580 = B- 490 - 510 = C- 420 - 440 = D-
All borderline cases will be decided upon participation grades at discretion of instructor.
Final Comments: If something arises unexpectedly that will affect your attendance and/or
performance in this class, please contact the instructor. While your instructor is a fairly
understanding man, he's a lousy mind reader. To be human means to face unexpected
problems, illness and the death of loved ones. That includes all of us and we can generally work
through such problems together. The worst thing you can do in such situations is simply
Any departure from this syllabus is in the discretion of the instructor.
Any class-wide changes in syllabus requirements or scheduling will occur
with notice to students.
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