HUMANITIES 2270/EAST-WEST SYNTHESIS
Section 643 T, Th 9:30 A.M. - 10:45 A.M. Room HS 120
Instructor: Mrs. Sharon Whipple
Office: HUM 124
Office Hours: Tuesday 8:55-9:25 A.M. & 3:20-3:50 P.M.
Thursday 12:20-12:50 P.M.
Friday 11:55 A.M.-12:25 P.M.
Telephone: (727) 341-4360
Course Textbook: EXPANDING HORIZONS(Second Edition) by
Buchanan and Chauvin
The textbook will be supplemented in the classroom
with videos, slides, and CDs. Students will be expected
to purchase in the bookstore a packet containing study sheets and
questions to accompany videos.
This course examines non-Western arts and philosophies, with major emphasis on the
cultures of Africa, India, China, and Japan.
There will be three tests, the third of which will be given in lieu of a final examination,
and there will also be occasional quizzes. A research paper of approximately 1,000
words will be written on one of several suggested topics. Any other topic must be
approved by the instructor. Although the MLA format is not required, quotations must be
cited and a bibliography must be included. Students will also be expected to attend one
exhibition of non-Western art and one performance of non-Western music, theater, or
dance. A critical review will be written on each, with a total of approximately 1,000
words between the two. Thus the three papers will satisfy the Gordon Rule requirement.
Students will also be expected to participate in classroom discussions.
Due Date for Research Paper: November 3, 2009
Due Date for Critical Reviews: November 17, 2009
Papers turned in late without prior permission will be subject to a deduction of 5%
for each day beyond the due date.
Students who take tests late without prior permission will be subject to a deduction
of 5% for each day beyond the original date of the test.
THE COURSE GRADE WILL BE BASED UPON THE
Test I 20%
Test II 20%
Test III 20%
Research Paper 15%
Critical Reviews 15%
Classroom Participation 10%
90% - 100% = A
80% - 89% = B
70% - 79% = C
60% - 69% = D
Below 60% = F
Students are expected to attend every class meeting and to arrive on time. Four
unexcused absences are the maximum permissible. A student will be dropped from the
course after the fifth unexcused absence up to the last day to withdraw with a grade of
“W”. Following that date, the student will not be dropped but will receive a “WF” for the
course. Four occasions of unexcused tardiness or unexcused early departure from class
will be counted as one unexcused absence.
Last day to Drop the Course and Receive a Refund: August 28, 2009 (2 P.M.)
Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of “W”: October 29, 2009
25 Introduction to the Course
27 Africa: pages 27-top of 36 (skipping 31) & 46-51
1 Africa: 36-45 & 61-top of 64
3 Africa: 79-80 & 82-bottom of 94
8 Africa: 103-104, 111-112, 115-121, & 125-127
10 The Middle East: 31, 143, 148-149, 162-163 & 185-189
15 The Middle East: 236-238 / Review for Test I (covering Africa & The
17 India: 243-250, 252-253, & 262-267
22 Test I
24 India: 250-251 & 254-259
29 India: 267-top of 275 & 277-284
1 India: 260-261, 290-291 & 293-294
6 India: 295-bottom of 300
8 China: 311-middle of 317 & 326-middle of 332
13 China: 318 & 332-middle of 339
15 China: 319-top of 323 & 339-347
20 China: 323-bottom of 326 & bottom of 347-356
22 Review for Test II (India & China)
27 Test II
29 Tibet: 359-373
3 Korea: 379-middle of 386, bottom of 393-middle of 394 & middle of 396-
top of 397 Research Papers Due
5 COLLEGE CLOSED (Veterans Day)
10 Japan: 407-middle of 413 & 418-423
12 Japan: 425-435
17 Japan: 413-417 & 436-440
Critical Reviews Due
19 Japan: 440-443 & 446-top of 450
24 Japan: 457-458 & Southeast Asia: 467-top of 472
26 COLLEGE CLOSED (Thanksgiving Vacation)
1 Southeast Asia: middle of 475-480, 489 (“Who Am I?”), 493 (middle
poem) & 500
3 Native North America: 561-top of 569, 576-579 & 597-599
8 Native Latin America: 632-633 (Maya), 636-middle of 637 & 646-648
10 Review for Test III
The date and time of Test III will be announced. It will take place in the
classroom during the week of December 14.
INFORMATION ON CRITICAL REVIEWS
Critical reviews must contain the name of the museum, gallery, or theatre and the date of
attendance. You should also name the artists, performers, works of art, plays, etc. When
reviewing an exhibition of art, describe at least three of the works. Clearly state your
personal opinion as to the ability of the performers or artists. Imagine that you are
writing the review for a newspaper, telling the readers whether or not it is worth their
while to attend the performance or exhibit.
TOPICS FOR RESEARCH PAPER
Although there is not a minimum number of words required, you will probably need to
write approximately 1,000 words in order to deal fully with the topic. The main idea
must be clear and must be supported with concrete details (facts, examples, etc.). The
paper should be well organized and should exhibit correct grammar, punctuation, and
spelling. A bibliography must be included, and quotations must also be cited.
You may use any of the following topics. If you prefer to write on another subject, it
must be approved by the instructor.
1. The Musical Comedy of the United States is a much younger art form than the Kabuki
of Japan. Compare and contrast them, considering such things as performers, music,
acting styles, theatres, costumes, audience, etc.
2. English rock musician Peter Gabriel, one of the first Western musicians to incorporate
African rhythms into their music, was accused of stealing the cultural wealth of the
African people for his personal gain. “Theft,” Gabriel responded, “has always been the
lifeblood of art.” Do you agree or disagree? Cite specific examples of this so-called
“thievery.” It can be in any form of art, not just music. (Do not write a report on Peter
3. Compare and contrast the architecture of Angkor Wat in Cambodia with that of
Macchu Picchu in Peru. Consider the possible influences of location, weather, and
culture on both styles.
4. Examine the former practice of foot binding in China, comparing and contrasting it
with restrictions placed upon women in another culture.
5. Watch both Kundun and The Little Buddha. Compare and contrast the two films in
terms of their depiction of Buddhism. Cite specific scenes from the films to support your