HUMA 1301 – INTRODUCTION TO THE HUMANITIES

                                                                  Spring 2011
Instructor:                                                  Kevin Wittschen
Instructor Contact Information:                    
Department Chair Contact Information:                        Dr. Steve Sansom, 281-618-5576

TEXT:                         Culture and Values A Survey of the Humanities Volume I, Sixth Edition by
                              Lawrence Cunningham and John Reich.
                              Please bring text to every class meeting.

DESCRIPTION:                  A study of the interpretation of human experience through an introduction to music, literature, the visual arts, history,
                              and philosophy from Pre History through the Gothic Period. Focus is on gaining practical experience in inquiry,
                              recognition, and assessment.

OBJECTIVES:                   Experience and understand a variety of cultures as represented in Humanities 1301 through the visual and performing
                              arts, philosophy, religion, and literature.
                              Recognize and evaluate significant cultural works.
                              Write and demonstrate an understanding of relevant terminology.
                              Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and social context of cultural works.
                              Write a paper examining a significant topic relative to the scope of Humanities.

GRADE SCALE:                  90-100 A
                              80-89   B
                              70-79   C
                              60-69   D
                              Below 60 F

You will need to purchase two spiral notebooks: one to be left in class, the other for notes, classwork, etc. Bring pens in blue or black ink for all
graded work. I will not accept written work in any color other than blue or black. You will also need colored pencils or markers and highlighters for

Cell Phones and other electronic devices:
According to district policy, cell phones and other electronic media devices are not allowing in the classroom during school hours. As such, ANY
usage of phones, mp3 players or any other electronic media device in the classroom will result in confiscation of the item.

Grades will be calculated according to district policy which requires a minimum of three major grades and a minimum of ten daily grades each six
weeks. Major, daily, and homework grades are assigned the following weights in calculating your average:

It is the policy of this class to provide students with an appropriate and adult learning atmosphere. Questions and comments should be brought forth
in a respectful and orderly manner. We thrive on mature class discussion and questions. Any student who is disorderly, disrespectful, or sleeps in
class will be asked to leave the class. Please turn off all beepers and cell phones before entering class.

If for any reason you have difficulty with course work, lectures, exams, another student, or the instructor, please follow protocol when dealing with the
situation. Protocol is to speak with the instructor first, and if you feel that your needs or concerns have not been addressed, then you need to speak
with the Chair of the Speech Department: Wade Hescht at 208.618.5641. The instructor will also take the same procedure when dealing with a


NHMCCD is committed to a high standard of academic integrity in the academic community. In becoming a part of the academic community,
students are responsible for honesty and independent effort. Failure to uphold these standards includes, but is not limited to, the following:
plagiarizing written work or projects, cheating on exams or assignments, collusion on an exam or project, and misrepresentation of credentials or
prerequisites when registering for a course. Cheating includes looking at or copying from another student’s exam, orally communicating or receiving
answers during an exam, having another person take an exam or complete a project or assignment, using unauthorized notes, texts, or other
materials for an exam, and obtaining or distributing an unauthorized copy of an exam or any part of an exam. Plagiarism means passing off as one’s
own the ideas or writings of another (that is, without giving proper credit by documenting sources). Plagiarism includes submitting a paper, report, or
project that someone else has prepared, in whole or in part. Collusion is inappropriately collaborating on assignments designed to be completed
independently. These definitions are not exhaustive.

When there is clear evidence of cheating, plagiarism, collusion, or misrepresentation, a faculty member will take disciplinary action including but not
limited to: requiring the student to retake or resubmit an exam or assignment, assigning a grade of zero or “F” for an exam or assignment; or
assigning a grade of “F” for the course. Additional sanctions including being withdrawn from the course, program, or expulsion from school may be
imposed on a student who violates the standards of academic integrity.

Tentative Class Schedule:
                              The instructor reserves the right to amend the following schedule. All assignments are due on the dates
                              indicated on the syllabus, as well as those announced in class. Throughout the semester, various assigned
                              and unassigned quizzes will occur. Students need to keep up with all assignments whether present in class
                              or not. Chapter reading assignments should be read before class. Work assigned during your absence and
                              due the next class meeting is due for you as well.

          Introductions, syllabus; preview of course; Chapter 1: The Beginnings of Civilization.

          Chapter 1: The Beginnings of Civilization; Readings: The Epic of Gilgamesh p. 30-31.

          Chapter 1: The Beginnings of Civilization

          Chapter 2: Early Greece; Readings: Homer: The Iliad pp. 56-64

          Chapter 2: Early Greece

          Chapter 3: Classical Greece and the Hellenistic Period; Readings: Sophocles: Oedipus the King pp. 99-112.

          Chapter 3: Classical Greece

          Chapter 3: Classical Greece

          Chapter 4: The Roman Legacy; Readings: Vergil: The Aeneid pp. 158-167.

          Chapter 4: The Roman Legacy

          Chapter 4: The Roman Legacy

          End of Six Weeks
          Chapter 5: Ancient Civilizations of India and China

          Chapter 6: Jerusalem and Early Christianity; Judaism; Readings: selections from The Old and New Testaments pp. 217-231

          Chapter 6: Jerusalem and Early Christianity

          Chapter 7: Byzantium; Readings: Saint Augustine: The City of God pp. 257-263

          Chapter 8: Islam; Readings: selections from The Qur’an pp. 279-288.

          Chapter 8: Islam

          Chapter 8: Islam

          End of Six Weeks
Chapter 9: Charlemagne and the Rise of Medieval Culture; Readings: Hildegard of Bingen: selections from Causae Et Curae pp. 314-316;
Everyman pp. 317-325.

Chapter 9: Charlemagne and the Rise of Medieval Culture

Chapter 10: High Middle Ages; Readings: selections from Dante: The Divine Comedy: Inferno pp. 370-382; Purgatory pp. 383-388;
Paradise pp. 388-392.

Chapter 10: High Middle Ages

Chapter 10A: The Crusades

Chapter 10A: The Crusades

Chapter 10A: The Crusades

Chapter 11: The 14th Century; Readings: Boccaccio: selections from the Decameron pp. 422-424; selections from Chaucer: The
Canterbury Tales pp. 424-437.

Chapter 11: The 14th Century

Chapter 11: The 14th Century

                                            Dual Credit Humanities
Parents, please note that though this class meets on a high-school campus, it is a course designed to receive
college credit through North Harris College and students should meet college standards of behavior, effort, and
skill. A schedule change may be recommended for any student not performing satisfactorily. Some of the
nonfiction and fiction literature that we study involves mature themes as would any college class. Students are
expected to consider and discuss these materials in an appropriate manner. I have chosen material that I think
representative of the field without being offensive. (If you have particular concerns about content, please
contact me during these first weeks.)

Students, it is imperative that you understand the unique nature of this class versus your other classes; that is,
this is a college-level course and will be conducted as such. My expectations for both your work and your
behavior will be high. If you have any reservations about your ability to meet these standards, please have
your schedule changed.

Classroom behavior
The NHMCCD[Student Conduct, Section 562.01d] states, “Disruptive activity that hinders other students’
learning or deters an instructor from effective teaching will not be tolerated under any circumstances.”
Disruptive activity includes, but is not limited to, use of cell phones or any other electronic devices, incessant
talking out of turn, failure to bring required books and materials to class, and failure to turn in assignments on
time. If any of these situations occur, parents and administrators will be contacted. Persistent disruption will
result in being dropped from the class.

Academic Integrity
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in this class. Any case of academic dishonesty will result in failure of
the course, at the least. Please refer to the NHMCCD Academic Integrity Policy for more information:

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Please return this form (with both signatures) no later than Friday, January 23

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