Syllabus for HUM-104

INTRODUCTION TO THE HUMANITIES IV: FINE ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Introduction to the Humanities IV: Fine Arts and Architecture surveys the great works of Western painting, sculpture, and architecture from 800 A.D. to the mid-twentieth century. These works are examined within the political, religious, and social context of their time, allowing students to understand both why the artwork was created by the artist and how it was also a response to a particular set of historical circumstances. Students will emerge from the course with a better understanding of how to view art with both understanding and enjoyment. Course content is drawn from the Teaching Company's  A History of European Art by Professor William Kloss.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the political, religious, and social events that shaped great artists and works of Western art and architecture.
  2. Explain methods for viewing art with understanding.
  3. Differentiate between different periods of art.
  4. Compare different styles of art.
  5. Discuss works of art using correct terminology.
  6. Demonstrate appreciation of art through informed discussion of works of painting, sculpture, and architecture.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. (There is no textbook for this course.)

Videos (streamed for you within the course)

  1. A History of European Art (The Great Courses Series) by Dr. William Kloss, The Smithsonian Institution. 48 half-hour videos.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Introduction to the Humanities IV: Fine Arts and Architecture is a three-credit online course, consisting of ten (10) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

  1. Module 1: Introduction and the Early Middle Ages

  1. Module 2: Giotto and the Later Middle Ages

  1. Module 3: The Renaissance in Italy and the North

  1. Module 4: The High Renaissance

  1. Module 5: The Renaissance in Germany and the Netherlands

  1. Module 6: The Italian and Flemish Baroque

  1. Module 7: The Dutch Baroque and the Allure of Rome

  1. Module 8: The Baroque in Spain and France

  1. Module 9: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism

  1. Module 10: Into the Twentieth Century: Post-Impressionism and Modern Art

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to complete written assignments, participate in online discussion forums, and complete a final paper. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in ten (10) graded discussion forums as well as an ungraded "Introductions" forum. The online discussions are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site is the rubric used in the grading of online discussions.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete ten (10) written assignments. The written assignments are on topics associated with the course modules. Note that different assignments have different length requirements, so pay careful attention to the assignment directions in each module. Below is the rubric that will aid in the grading of written assignments.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site is the rubric used in the grading of written assignments.

Final Paper

There is no midterm or final examination in this course. A paper of 3000 to 3750 words acts as your final assessment and is worth 20 percent of your grade. You may begin work on this paper at any time during the course, but you must submit it by the last day of the semester.

The final paper will allow you to demonstrate your mastery of course objectives and concepts.

As noted in the syllabus and in Module 7, you are encouraged to prepare a draft of a portion of your paper and submit it to your mentor for comment and critique. This is an optional task and is not a required activity, nor is it a grade-earning opportunity. Its sole purpose is to enable conscientious students to assure themselves that their Final Project methods and application are of a high quality and  will result in an excellent grade. The deadline for submission of this optional assignment is 4 weeks prior to term end. If you plan to take advantage of this opportunity, you'll need to plan ahead.

A full description of the paper is provided within the course. Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site is the rubric used in the grading of the final paper.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Online discussions (10)—20 percent
  2. Module Papers (10)—60 percent
  3. Final Paper—20 percent

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.

  1. Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.

  1. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.

  1. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
  3. Fabricating information or citations
  4. Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others
  5. Unauthorized access to examinations or the use of unauthorized materials during exam administration
  6. Submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the mentor
  7. Tampering with the academic work of other students

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism.  (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > "Citing Sources.")

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else's. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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