Fall 2010 humanities ii—Renaissance—Modern Department of Humanities and Philosophy

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FALL 2010 HUMANITIES II—Renaissance—Modern

Department of Humanities and Philosophy
Instructor: Dr. Siegfried E. Heit, Office: LA 205 B

Office Phone with Voice Mail: 974-5633//email: sheit@uco.edu

Department website: http://www.libarts.uco.edu/humanities/studinfomenu.htm

OFFICE HOURS: MWF 10:00-12:00 or TR 8:30-9:30 or by appointment!




9:30 AM

10:45 AM 



LA 130




12:00 AM

12:50 PM



LA 222




9:00 AM

9:50 AM



LA 230




4:15 PM

5:30 PM



LA 225

COURSE DESCRIPTON: General Humanities: Renaissance to Modern is a survey of art, architecture, music, literature, philosophy, and religion of Western culture from the end of the Medieval Period to modern times.

REQUIRED TEXT: The Western Humanities, vol. II (7th Edition-Customized for UCO) Matthews and Platt
COURSE OBJECTIVES: General Humanities II will focus on the significant artistic, intellectual, and literary accomplishments of Western Civilization starting with the Italian Renaissance through the present. In essence, this is a “cultural history” survey class designed both to familiarize the student with the basics of our contemporary civilization and to foster a critical awareness of the diverse, global, and multi-cultural nature of human endeavor.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS and EVALUATIONS: While this course is structured to be both entertaining and enlightening, it will require some effort on the part of the student. You will be expected to fulfill all of the following:

  • Reading Assignments: It is essential that reading assignments be done before coming to class; this will assure that we can approach the material on a level commensurate with the sophomore level designation. Reading assignments will be announced on a weekly basis.

  • Exams: There will be two tests and a final. All three exams may contain objective questions as well as identification and/or short essay questions. Each of the two tests is worth 90 while the final is worth 120 points toward your final grade. NO EXAM MAY BE MADE UP WITHOUT TIMELY NOTIFICATION OF THE PROFESSOR! I have phone mail; leave a message. Unless you have a legitimate and documented excuse—and inform me within 24 hours of the exam—you will not be permitted to take a make-up exam. The instructor also reserves the right to use a make-up exam that differs slightly from the regular test.

  • Quizzes: Occasionally there will be short quizzes worth five points each. These may, or may not, be announced ahead of time. If you have done the reading carefully, you should have little problem with these quizzes. They will always be on the assigned reading for the day, and normally given right at the beginning of the class. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO BE ON TIME! No quizzes can be made up! The quizzes are worth a total of 25 points toward your final grade.

  • Attendance: Attendance is required and will be taken on a daily basis! Each student is allowed two absences (TR) or three (MWF) without penalty. Your class attendance/participation grade, worth 100 points, will be reduced 20 points for each absence after that.

SPECIAL REPORTS (ESSAYS): The reports (essays) should be approximately 750 words in length and typed! Select ONE of the approved topics listed for each section. Topics are listed on the other side. These reports/essays will be due: 23 SEP(TR) and 24 SEP (MWF); 2 NOV (TR) and 3 NOV (MWF); and 7 DEC (TR) and 8 DEC (MWF). Late reports/essays will NOT be accepted! Each report is worth 25 points for a total of 75 points toward your final grade.
GRADES: The student grade will be based on two (2) tests, final exam, and three (3) Arts reports, quizzes, class attendance and participation. Announced and unannounced quizzes over the reading assignments may be administered. Grades will be determined as follows:

2 TESTS (x90) = 180 points GRADING SCALE:

FINAL EXAM = 120 A = 450 - 500

3 ARTS REPORTS (x25) = 75 B = 400 - 449

QUIZZES = 25 C = 350 - 399

ATTENDANCE = 100 D = 300 - 349

TOTAL 500 POINTS F = 299 and lower

COURSE OUTLINE: Given that this is a survey course in the humanities, we will be moving fairly quickly; after all, we have a lot of ground to cover in a course subtitled “Renaissance through Modern.” Although there may be some slight modifications necessary as the semester unfolds, we will try to adhere to the following schedule:
Week 1: Introduction; The Early Renaissance

Week 2: The High Renaissance

Week 3: High Renaissance and Early Mannerism

Week 4: Northern Humanism and Northern Renaissance & Late Mannerism

Week 5: Religious Reformations…

Week 6: Test I and The Baroque Age

Week 7: The Baroque Age II… and Africa (Chapter 11; pp. 131-139)

Week 8: The Age of Reason, Revolution, and Reaction

Week 9: Cultural Response… and Japanese Woodblock Prints (Chapter 9; pp.113-122)

Week 10: continue…

Week 11: Test II… and The Triumph of the Bourgeoisie

Week 12: The Age of Early Modernism

Week 13: continue… and Aspects of Oceanic Art (Chapter 10; pp. 121-130)

Week 14: The Age of the Masses and the Zenith of Modernism

Week 15: continue… and Aspects of Northwest Coast and Native North American Art (Chap. 8; pp. 99-112)

Week 16: The Age of Anxiety and Beyond

Week 17: The Final Exam will be given

HUM (14257) TR (9:30)….at 9:00 on Tues. (14 DEC 2010)

HUM (14256) MWF (12:00) ……at 11:00 on Wed. (15 DEC 2010)

HUM (14255) MWF (9:00) … at 9:00 on Wed (15 DEC 2010)

HUM (15215) MW (4:15) … at 3:00 on Friday (17 DEC 2010)
ADA STATEMENT: The University of Central Oklahoma complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students with disabilities who need special accommodations should make their requests by contacting the Coordinator of Disability Support Services at 974-2549. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor as soon as possible after DSS has verified the need for accommodations to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.
EMERGENCIES DURING FINALS STATEMENT: If a university emergency occurs that prevents the administration of final examinations, the student’s final course grade will be calculated based on the work in the course completed to that

point and the faculty member’s considered judgment. Final exams will not be rescheduled, and a grade of “I” will not be given as a result of the missed exam.

SKILLS NECESSARY FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS CLASS: HUM 2223 is a sophomore level class. This means that there are certain basic assumptions about your abilities as a student and your sense of academic discipline:

  • This course requires that you both read the text AND come to class. This is not an either/or situation.

  • Your reading comprehension skills must be sufficient to deal with interdisciplinary learning: we will be analyzing art, literature, history, religion, music, and philosophy. Critical thinking skills will be developed, but you do need to be able to read a college level text.

  • You need to be able to listen well and determine what is important. There’s no such thing as an “auto-pilot” in learning—you have to engage yourself with the topics at hand.

  • Note taking is essential: not all of the material covered will be in the book. If you have no notes, you won’t have everything you need when it comes time to study for the exams. t is also assumed that you will be able to write English in a clear and concise manner. Essays may be written in class as part of the exams. If your writing skills are insufficient or if you need assistance, please contact the English Tutorial Lab in LA #221.

  • Humanities tutors are available. Please contact the Secretary in Suite 205 for information!

OTHER POLICIES AND CONSIDERATIONS: There are a few other important issues that you need to be aware of, both for

this class, and other classes in general:

  • Cell phones will be turned off during class

* * *This university does have an “honor code.” You should be familiar with its contents. You’ll find it in your Student Handbook. Cheating and plagiarism are serious violations of academic conduct that may lead to your expulsion from the university. Helping others cheat is considered just as serious.

  • Please avoid disturbing others during the class. Habitual tardiness will NOT be tolerated!

* If, after the first exam, your test grade recommends that you come by my office to discuss your performance, please do so. I can make specific recommendations about how you might improve your study skills.

List of topics for the Special REPORTS/ESSAYS:
Section I:

  1. What effects did the cataclysmic events of the 14th century (Black Death, Great Schism, Hundred-Years

War) have on the arts and culture of Europe?

  1. What set the Renaissance apart from the period that came before (14th century)? What changed?

  2. In what way are Raphael and Michelangelo the quintessential Renaissance artists?

  3. Compare and contrast Mannerist artists and Renaissance artists.

  4. What does it mean to say that Reformation culture was an aural and not a visual culture? What are the implications of this?

Section II:

  1. In what ways may the age of the baroque be considered an age of “glorification?” Who or what is being glorified where and how?

  2. Discuss the general impact of the seventeenth century’s scientific and political revolutions on the “European Mind.”

  3. What forces during the 18th century resulted in artists using art to manifest social concerns?

  4. How did the 18th century composers bring to music the classical qualities of balance, clarity, intellectual

weight, and emotional expression—namely, classical music?

  1. How does the now focus on the individual and the individual’s subjective feelings reflect itself in

Romantic art, music, and literature?
Section III:

  1. What is the role of the artist in society? The visual artists (especially after the camera)? The musician?

The writer?

  1. What impact does technology have on the arts?

  2. In what ways did World War I change the world forever?

  3. “Late Modernism as an ‘Age of Anxiety.’” Defend or refute this statement drawing on literature and art from the period.

  4. Discuss ethnic wars, genocide, ethnic cleansing and the concept of Restitution.


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