HUM 101:Introduction to the Humanities

Spring 2007

Sections: OV1, EV1,YV1,1R1,WV1,



Instructors:                          Linda Uhlenkott, Ph.D. (Elko site)

Dale Griffith, C.Th., M.A (Pahrump site)


Office:                                    McMullen Hall #119

                                                Phone: 775-753-2346; Fax 775-753-2131

                                                Pahrump Valley Ctr. #101A

                                                Phone: 755-727-2008; Fax: 775-727-2014




Office Hours:                       Dr. Uhlenkott: Monday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.;  Wednesday, 11:00 – noon; Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00p.m.

                                                Dale Griffith: M.W 1:45-3:45; Th 5:45-6:45



Texts and Materials:          Perry, Marvin, Joseph R. Peden, and Theodore H. Von Laue. Sources of the Western Tradition. Volume 1. (Required


Catalog Description:

This course is an introduction to the humanities through a study of seven major arts including film, drama, music, literature, painting, sculpture, and architecture. Each of these arts is considered from the perspective of historical development, the elements used in creating works of art, meaning and form, and criticism and critical evaluation. Prerequisite: ENG 101 reading level


Credits. 3





Student Outcomes


Identify major categories of artistic forms

AnalysisEra chart

Compare and contrast stylistic characteristics of selected works

Analysis Chart

Experience a personal interaction with works in the arts and humanities

Discussion about “The Mikado.” Create illustrated poem.

Engage in the creative process

Illustrated poem

Improve writing ability


Demonstrate knowledge of the influence of literature, philosophy and the arts on culture


Discussions; final exam

Increase knowledge of the arts throughout history


Analysis chart


Course Policies

Because Humanities 101 is a hybrid course, we will be meeting via IAV and online. The weeks that we do not meet IAV, you will be expected to contribute to online discussions. Your participation in these discussions will be graded with a rubric.


Please use MLA style for citation and format. Submit assignments through the webct dropbox.


Reading and Observation Assignments:

Preparation for class discussion requires out-of-class reading, listening and observation.  A schedule for the text and written assignments required for class meetings is posted online, with the understanding the instructor reserves the right to make adjustments (giving you timely notification) and recommends that you work ahead whenever possible.


Listening Activities: 

Music listening assignments can be difficult.  Concentrate on short sections of music for brief periods (30 minutes); listen without distractions and repeat a movement or shorter piece a number of times in one sitting to identify its characteristics and style. 


Student Evaluation:


The final grade will be determined by the following criteria:


·        Regular classroom attendance

·        Regular postings to discussion board on webct  (20%)

·        Complete assigned readings.

·        One short essay – 2-3 pages   (15%)

·        Completion of projects: Era Analysis Chart, Illustrated Manuscript, reading guides  (30%)

·        Mid-term to be completed during class time  (5%)

·        One final exam to be taken in the classroom during final exam week. (30%)


Following is the breakdown of percentages and letter grade equivalents.

100-95      A  

94-90        A-

89-86        B+

85-83        B

82-80        B-

79-76        C+

75-73        C

72-70        C-

69-66        D+

65-63        D

62-60        D-

59 and below  F


The College uses a grade system which awards +’s and –‘s and gives a W until the 13th week of class, after which an F will be given. A failing student must formally withdraw before the Friday of the 13th week to avoid earning an F for the course. According to the policy established by the College, to receive and Incomplete, a student must have completed at least Ύ of the course with a grade of C or better, but be unable to complete the class for good cause.



Policy of Academic Integrity:

Students are expected to be honest in all their academic endeavors. If ideas are borrowed, the source must be given credit using standard MLA documentation rules. Internet sources are subject to documentation as well. Plagiarism violates the standards of intellectual honesty. Students who violate such standards are subject to punishment ranging from failing the class to dismissal from the College.


Grade Appeal of Professional Conduct:

Any student with concerns or academic problems, or needing special assistance, may discuss such matters firstly with their instructor---and as soon as possible. Please see page 50 of the General Catalogue 2006-2007 on the procedure which deals with such issues.


Student Conduct:

Students are expected to observe the conventions of common courtesy: no cell phones in class, prompt attendance, courteous listening, and attention to due dates.



Regular attendance is critical to success in this course. GBC’s attendance policy allows up to three absences in a three-credit class without penalty, but those should be used to cover emergency absences. In a 3-credit class held once a week, the absences should not add up to more than three total hours. Instructors may drop students for excessive absence. Students must(See page 48 of GBC’s General Catalog 2006-2007 for the complete attendance policy.)


ADA Statement

GBC supports providing equal access for students with disabilities. An advisor is available to discuss appropriate accommodations with students. Please contact the ADA Officer (Julie Byrnes) in Elko at 775.753.2271 at your earliest convenience to request timely and appropriate accommodations.


Course Schedule:

Week 1: Jan. 22 – Meet IAV

Chapter 1: including Overview: pgs. 3-28


Week 2: Jan. 29 – WebCT

Chapter 2 (Myth): including Overview: pgs. 31-39; 42-44; 47-52; 61-64


Week 3: Feb. 5 – IAV

(Literature): pgs. 101-134


Week 4: Feb. 12 – WebCT

(Art): pgs.141-165


Week 5: Feb. 19 – President’s Day  (No school)

pgs.165-189; 191-197


Week 6: Feb. 26 – IAV

Music – Text to be supplied


Week 7: Mar. 5 – WebCT

Review and mid-term exam


Week 8: Mar. 12 – IAV

Chapter 7 (Theatre): pgs. 243-293 – The Mikado may be shown during class this week.


Week 9: Mar. 19 – WebCT

The Mikado (theatre as social commentary)


Mar. 26 – Spring Break


Week 10: Apr. 2 – IAV

Chapter 9 (Cinema): 339-366; 390-392


Week 11: Apr. 9 – WebCT

Chapter 10 (Religion): pgs. 397-438


Week 12: Apr. 16 – IAV

Chapter 11 (Morality/Ethics): pgs. 441-477


Week 13: Apr. 23 – WebCT

Chapter 12 (Death and Life-Affirmation):  pgs. 549-582


Week 14: Apr. 30 – IAV

Chapter 13 (Freedom): pgs. 585-607 (will also include handouts)


Week 15: May 7 – WebCT

(Existentialism):  pgs. 607-612 (will include handouts of primary source materials from Nietzsche and other modern philosophers).


Week 16: May 14 – IAV  Review for final exam.

Final Exam