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SYLLABUS 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 E-mail: Whipple.Sharon@spcollege.edu 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. COURSE DESCRIPTION This course examines non-Western arts and philosophies, with major emphasis on the cultures of Africa, India, China, and Japan. COURSE REQUIREMENTS 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 FOLLOWING: Test I 20% Test II 20% Test III 20% Research Paper 15% Critical Reviews 15% Classroom Participation 10% GRADES 90% - 100% = A 80% - 89% = B 70% - 79% = C 60% - 69% = D Below 60% = F ATTENDANCE 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 COURSE CALENDAR August 25 Introduction to the Course 27 Africa: pages 27-top of 36 (skipping 31) & 46-51 September 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 Middle East) 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 October 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 November 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) December 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 Gabriel.) 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 contentions.
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