Valencia Community College
Introduction to Humanities
HUM 1020 – CRN 23247
ROOM 221 Winter Park Campus
Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 am-11:15 am
January 10, 2011 - May 1, 2011
MANDATORY Final Exam April 25, 2011 10:00 am -12:30 pm (note time!)
Phone: (407) 402-6507 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. only, please
Office Hours: by appointment. I do have a class after this one on both days, so I
could meet before class or after 12:45 Monday or Wednesday, if needed. I
answer emails within 24 hours (Sunday-Thursday) and will take phone calls up
until 9 p.m. (Mon-Thurs ONLY)
***IMPORTANT NOTE: Think of this syllabus as a contract. You are
agreeing to come to class prepared for the planned assignments and tests.
I am agreeing to provide you with a positive learning environment and the
tools you need to understand the lessons we are covering. REFER BACK to
this syllabus throughout the semester to know what you should be working
on, where we are meeting, and what my expectations are***
Course Description: This course is a basic introduction to the humanities. The
VCC Course Catalog states the course focuses on central concepts, historical
development and fundamental nature of philosophy, architecture, music, religion,
and art. Concepts from such disciplines integrated with contemporary American
We will focus on basic concepts as they relate mostly to defining art, art criticism,
painting, photography, television, and film and their development throughout
history. My goal is to make you a more educated consumer of the arts.
My Philosophy: Some of us learn by reading. Others learn by listening. Most of
us learn by doing. My philosophy is that the best way for me to reach the greatest
number of you is to combine lectures with discussion groups, projects, field trips,
and textbook readings to make the class both informative and interesting. Like
all things, if you come into the class with a positive attitude, you will come out of it
with more than if you come into it believing you “have” to do this.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this class.
REQUIRED Textbook: Martin, F. David and Jacobus, Lee A. The Humanities
Through The Arts, Eighth Edition
THE REQUIRED TEXT IS AVAILABLE AT THE WINTER PARK CAMPUS
• You will need a camera (or digital camera) for this class as well as a computer
with PowerPoint capabilities.
• Internet access to WebCT complete online assignments, INCLUDING THE
INDIVIDUAL ARTIST PROJECT.
• Pencil or blue or black ink pen for in class assignments and writing portions of
tests. No felt-tipped pens, please.
Valencia Student Core Competencies:
Valencia's Student Core Competencies are complex abilities that are essential
to lifelong success. These general competencies can be applied in many
contexts and must be developed over a lifetime. They specify how learning can
be expressed and assessed in practice. They enable students and faculty to set
learning goals and assess learning within and across the many disciplines of
human inquiry. For more information, go to
The core competencies include:
Think – Think clearly, critically, and creatively. Analyze, synthesize, integrate
and evaluate in many domains of human inquiry.
Value - Make reasonable value judgments and responsible commitments.
Communicate - Communicate with different audiences using varied means.
Act - Act purposefully, respectfully, and responsibly.
You are expected to come to class and to be here on time and ready to
learn. Unfortunately, though, things do happen. IF YOU MISS MORE THAN
THREE CLASSES UNEXCUSED, YOU WILL BE CONTACTED REGARDING
THE STATUS OF YOUR GRADE. THERE IS NO MAKE UP FOR THE FINAL
EXAM. PER VALENCIA POLICY YOU MUST SHOW UP FOR THE FINAL
EXAM OR YOU FAIL THE CLASS. PLEASE TALK WITH ME BEFORE YOU
MISS FINAL EXAM DAY. If you must come into class late, please do not disturb
me or other students as you do so. IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO CONTINUE TO
ATTEND CLASS, PLEASE WITHDRAW YOURSELF. I DO NOT WITHDRAW
STUDENTS OUTSIDE THE DESIGNATED “NO-SHOW” PERIOD.
SOME ABSENCES CAN BE EXCUSED. IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM THAT
PREVENTS YOU FROM COMING TO CLASS, TALK TO ME FIRST – DO NOT
JUST DISAPPEAR. THAT SAID, SIMPLY TELLING ME WHY YOU WERE
ABSENT DOES NOT EXCUSE YOUR ABSENCE. EXCUSED ABSENCES
INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, MILITARY SERVICE,
HOSPITALIZATION, OR DEATHS IN THE FAMILY.
There are no make ups for in class assignments. In class assignments provide
points toward your final grade. I also do not accept late homework without an
approved excuse. Please do not email me your homework and then not show up
for class and expect credit for the assignment.
Course Details: In addition to class attendance, tests, and other projects, you will
also be required to take part in some field study experiences during this course.
You will be required to visit the Cornell Museum of Fine Art at the Rollins
College Campus in Winter Park. We will go there as a class on March 2, 2011. If
you are unable to attend the class visit, you must go on your own time before
March 14, 2011. The museum is free to students with Valencia ID. As your tour
the exhibits, I suggest you take notes, as you will write a 1-2 page, single-
spaced, reflection paper on your visit.
Details on the assignment will be given the day of the museum visit; however, a
brief description is below:
FIELD PAPER ASSIGNMENT DETAILS: For this assignment you will visit an
exhibit as specificed by the Professor at the Cornell Museum of Fine Art at the
Rollins College Campus in Winter Park. You will choose three works from
THAT SPECIFIC EXHIBIT and discuss what makes you value these works
as either “art” or “not art” to you. Be certain to refer to the pieces by the name
of the piece and the name of the artist.
Do not give me an overview of the exhibit. Consider and include some of
the technical terminology you learn throughout the course as you write the
paper. You may use “I” in this paper; although it is not preferred.
ADDITIONALLY, IF YOU DO ANY OUTSIDE RESEARCH ON THE WORKS
YOU CHOOSE, EVEN TO REFRESH YOUR MEMORY ABOUT THEM, YOU
MUST PROVIDE AN MLA FORMAT WORKS CITED PAGE WITH YOUR
PAPER. THIS does not INCLUDE ASKING QUESTIONS OF THE
EMPLOYEES, or FACTS YOU TAKE FROM THE INFORMATION PROVIDED
AT THE MUSEUM VIA THE WALL DESCRIPTIONS OR PAMPHLETS.
THIS PAPER IS DUE TO ME, PRINTED OUT, WHEN WE MEET FOR CLASS
ON March 14, 2011. NO LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. PLEASE
STAPLE YOUR PAPER BEFORE YOU COME TO CLASS.
The Individual Artist Project will ask you to choose from a list of artists
provided by the Professor on January 31, 2011 in class. You will then post your
presentation to webCT on February 14, 2011 and make an in class presentation
on your artist and a piece you chose from their body of work on February 14,
2011, February 16, 2011, OR February 21, 2011.
Presentations should last no more than 5 minutes and include background on
your artist as well as an interpretation of the piece you chose (you can find many
artistic interpretations online or in art books). The assignment will be posted on
WebCT as well as discussed in class several weeks before it is due. It will
consist of both a PowerPoint Presentation and accompanying document.
Failure to come to class ready to present the day(s) of the presentations will
result in your receiving a zero for the assignment.
The Photography Project will require you to take pictures of something that
conveys ONE central theme. Get creative. No people. Look for ways to convey
things like fear, gluttony, obsession, happiness, solitude. NO NATURE, NO
POVERTY. You will post your project of 10-12 themed pictures and your written
statement to webCT before March 14, 2011 as part of a PowerPoint
presentation. No crazy graphics, just a title page with your name and the name
of your theme, followed by your photographs (one per slide) with no titles. I will
“run” your show and you may be asked to answer student questions about
locations, shots, etc.
You will also turn in a written statement about the challenges and joys of creating
this project. Tell me what photographs you “staged,” which ones “just happened”
and how this project made you apply what you have been learning in this class.
Statements can be as short as one paragraph or as long as one page. This
document must be posted to WebCT with your project.
Full details of the photo project will be assigned February 21, 2011.
Presentations will be in class March 14th or 16th.
You cannot pass the class without turning in the field study reflection
paper, participating in your group project, and completing the photography
project, taking the tests, or showing up for and taking the final exam.
Special Dates: Keep track of important dates for the College, including exam
sessions and vacations at http://www.valenciacc.edu/calendar/ or on the
Valencia Community College website at www.valencia.cc.edu.
Classes begin - January 10
No Class (MLK DAY) - January 17
Drop Deadline - January 18
No Show Reporting Period - January 19-25
No Class (Learning Day) February 11
No Class (Spring Break) March 7-13
Withdrawal Deadline for "W" grade - March 25
Final Exams/Classes End - April 25-May 1
Assignment Policy: No late assignments will be accepted. With the exceptions of
the Artist Project, Photography Project and Field Paper most of what we do will
be finished during class time. Do not miss class to complete an assignment.
**If you notify me in advance of a valid emergency situation, an exception may be
possible. There is no make-up for the final exam and no final exams will be
taken in the testing center.
Academic Honesty: This course is designed to make you a more educated
consumer of the arts. Becoming more educated means presenting your own
thoughts and ideas, and not the work of others, even if your thoughts are not
popular or even if you do not believe they are the right ideas. For many
questions, there are no wrong answers.
If you are caught cheating on an assignment or test, inside the classroom
or out, or even in the Testing Center, you will receive a zero, which cannot
be made up. Plagiarism, and any other form of academic dishonesty, will
earn you a failing grade for the class.
1080-1200 points A
1079-970 points B
969-850 points C
849-720 points D
720 or below F
Participation = 600 points (25/day except museum visit, film viewing)
In-Class Exercises (various dates) = 100 points
Test 1 (2/2/2011) = 100 points
Artist Project (2/14/2011) = 100 points
Field Paper (3/14/2011) = 50 points
Photography Project (3/14/2011) = 50 points
Test 2 (3/21/2011) = 100 points
Final Exam (4/25/2011) = 100 points
Other Points Of Interest:
• In this class you must:
Be respectful of others’ opinions
Dress appropriately (no hats/sunglasses on test days)
Not sleep during class time
Put your cell phone/pager, etc. on “silent” and refrain from texting. If your phone
rings in class you will be expected to bring some kind of school-appropriate treat
(doughnuts, cookies, etc) for the ENTIRE class at the next meeting. Your
second offense will result in a two-point reduction from your FINAL GRADE.
Further offenses will result in exponential grade reductions (third offense
subtracts four points, etc).
Leave your laptop at home unless you are making a presentation
If you have a disability or other issue that requires special dispensation, notify me
before the second week of class. All requests will be kept in confidence.
Students with disabilities who qualify for academic accommodations must
provide a letter from the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) and discuss
specific needs with me before expecting accommodations. OSD determines
accommodations based on appropriate documentation of disabilities. Contact
them on the Winter Park Campus in Rm. 203 or at (407) 582-6887.
I assume you have made adequate arrangements for transportation to class and
field visits, childcare (if necessary), work schedule, textbook purchase, and study
time prior to the start of this class. Per Valencia Policy, you must make childcare
arrangements off campus.
• Do not forward your Atlas or WebCT emails to another account as attachments
or emails could be lost.
• The course schedule is subject to change.
HUM 1020 Spring 2011 Course Schedule*
HOMEWORK INDICATES WHAT IS TO BE DONE **BEFORE** THAT CLASS
TO PREPARE FOR IT
January 10, 2011 (M)– Syllabus and expectations, ice breakers
January 12, 2011 (W)– Homework: Read Chapter 1 of The Humanities Through
In class: Discussion of defining the humanities. Allegory of the Cave (video &
discussion, in-class project) (10 points)
January 17, 2011 (M) - No Class
January 19, 2011 (W) - Homework: bring in a piece you consider to be art as
well as a written description of why it is art to you, including your name,
the name of the piece (if known) and the artist (if known). Be prepared to
stand up and tell us the name of the piece, the artist’s name, time period,
and why it appears to be art to you. You can bring the piece, a printed out
picture, a flash drive with a copy on it, or an online link. Please print out
your description of why it is art to turn in at the end of class (10pts). Read
Chapter 2 of The Humanities Through The Arts
January 24, 2011 (M)- Continuation of Chapter 2 lecture/activities.
Perception/shapes exercise in class.
January 26, 2011 (W) - Homework: bring in one copy of a criticism of a movie,
art piece, play, or art show.
Read Chapter 3 of The Humanities Through The Arts.
In Class: Discussion of art criticism. Discussion of the criticism you bring in. (in
class exercise, 25 points)
January 31, 2011 (M)- Individual artist project assignments!!!
In class: I will present you with our own “art” show. In class, you will each write
your own descriptions of the pieces (and decide do they meet the criteria of art?)
February 2, 2011 (W)- Test One. Bring a Number Two Pencil or Blue or Black
Ink pen to class. No felt-tips, please.
February 7, 2011 (M)- Homework: read Chapter 4 of The Humanities Through
In class: discussion of painting history and techniques.
February 9, 2011 (W) In Class: Impressionism & Post Impressionism.
Discussion groups. (in class exercise, 10 points)
February 14, 2011 (M) - Individual artist presentations must be posted to
webCT by class time, regardless of presentation date.
Individual Artist Project Presentations!!!
February 16, 2011 (W) - Individual Artist Project Presentations!!!
February 21, 2011 (M) - Individual Artist Project Presentations!!! Assignment of
February 23, 2011 (W) - Homework: Read Ch 13 of The Humanities Through
The Arts. In class: Photography history discussion
February 28, 2011 (M)- In class – photography history discussion. Photography
discussion groups. Cropping experiment. Storytelling exercise (10 points)
March 2, 2011 (W)- OFF CAMPUS FIELD TRIP TO CORNELL MUSEUM.
MEET AT THE MUSEUM AT 10:15 AM.
March 7-11, 2011 - NO CLASS - SPRING BREAK!!
March 14, 2011 (M)- Photography projects due - Presentations in class!
Homework: MUSEUM VISIT FIELD PAPERS ARE DUE AT THE START OF
March 16, 2011 (W) - Presentations of photography mini projects
March 21, 2011 (M) - Test Two. Bring a Pencil OR Blue or Black ink pen to
class. No felt tips, please
March 23, 2011 (W)- Homework: Read Ch 11 of The Humanities Through The
In class: Film History. Film as an art form. Discussion and lecture
March 28, 2011 (M) - In class: Film Special Effects
March 30, 2011 (W)- In class: Viewing of part 1 of Pulp Fiction
April 4, 2011 (M)- In class: Viewing of the end of Pulp Fiction
April 6, 2011 (W)- Homework: Film Review Worksheet – due at start of class (10
In class: discussion of Pulp Fiction
April 11, 2011 (M)- Homework: Read Chapter 12 of The Humanities Through
In class: Television discussion/lecture
April 13, 2011 (W) - Television Discussion and show viewing
April 18, 2011 (M) - Homework: watch an hour of television (any time, any
channel) and make notes of the type of show(s) you are watching, the audience
you believe the show is geared toward, and specifically what commercials were
shown (make a list of how many commercial breaks there were, how long they
were, and what the specific commercials were) (10 points)
In Class: Advertising and television lecture/discussion.
April 20, 2011 (W) - In class: Television and Propaganda - how the medium is
used to sway public opinion lecture/discussion
April 25, 2011 (M) - FINAL EXAM 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM BRING A PEN OR
PENCIL, NO FELT TIPS!
April 27, 2011 (W) - NO CLASS, FINAL EXAM WEEK
Professor Keefe’s Syllabus Contract
I have received a copy of the syllabus from Professor Keefe and she has gone
over the important dates and requirements for the class. I understand that
changes to the schedule will be communicated in class and via email in advance
whenever possible. I understand it is my responsibility to attend class and to
keep up with coursework, including assignments, papers, and coming prepared
for tests. Failure to do so will have a negative effect upon my grade.