Greek and roman (hum 2220) Summer 2015

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(HUM 2220)

Summer 2015

You may forget, but let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us.” --Sappho

Instructor: Melanie Osborn

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Course Location: Online course
Required Texts:

The Humanities Volume 1 Henry M. Sayre (Valencia Edition) 978-1-269-78172-5
Course Description:

This is a three (3) credit college-level course and is an exploration of the dominant ideas in early Western culture as expressed in Greek and Roman religion, literature, philosophy and art, and how these ideas have shaped and are still influencing our modern culture. This course covers the period from the ancient text of the Epic of Gilgamesh to the apex of the Roman era, emphasizing development and influence of classical ideas, specifically through art, literature and philosophy. This is a Gordon Rule course in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level writing skills through multiple writing assignments. Minimum of C is required if used to satisfy Gordon Rule requirement.

Course Objectives:

  1. To think critically about the interrelated nature of history, art, literature and philosophy

  2. To appreciate the universality of the human condition

  3. To examine, affirm and challenge the thought patterns of our own era by understanding the past

  4. To extend mastery of Valencia’s core competencies:

    1. Think: think clearly, critically, and creatively, analyze, synthesize, integrate and evaluate in many domains of human inquiry

    2. Value: make reasoned judgments and responsible commitments

    3. Act: act purposefully, effectively and responsibly

    4. Communicate: communicate with different audiences using varied means

Online Course Environment

An online course is a course in which all of the content is delivered online at Valencia

using the college-approved course management system. Online courses can provide opportunities for students to attend anytime from anywhere; however, the online student must take responsibility for his or her own learning. In any distance education program, the capacity for self-directed learning is crucial. While instructors and fellow students can provide some support, the online distance learner is expected to provide the internal motivation to manage his or her own learning during the course of study and have a basic grasp of Internet navigation skills and word processing skills. Blackboard is used to deliver all instruction in this online course and the student is responsible to learn to use this delivery system. To assess your readiness for an online course, you are encouraged to take the self-assessment at
Students should visit the course at least every 48 hours to remain up-to-date on communications from the instructor and fellow students. Other tips can be found at the end of this document.



There will be ONE cumulative exam at the end of the course that will consist of multiple choice questions and essay. The final exam will be worth a possible 100 points. If a student is absent on the day of an exam, they will receive a 0. In the case of an absence due to extenuating circumstances (doctor’s note, death certificate, jury duty or other documented proof), a make-up exam will be offered with no penalty, but at the instructor’s discretion.

Research Paper-

Describe and discuss the impact of Greek/Roman Humanism upon the development of literature. Be sure to reference at least one specific example (primary source) of literature to illustrate your conclusions. You must discuss in detail the historical context of the prime example you have chosen. Your paper must be between 750-1250 original words in length and in MLA format.

Online Discussions –

Most weeks, a discussion question related to the topic that week will be posted on Blackboard. For each discussion, you must write your own response, read at least five posts from your peers, and reply to at least three. Your original post and all replies should be made by 6pm on Sunday of the due date. Do not wait until the due date to complete all posts and responses. In order for there to be a discussion you must post and participate in the discussion throughout the week and not wait until the last minute. Points will be deducted if you do not post on at least two different days. Please note: your responses to the discussion questions should be at least ONE to TWO paragraphs long. Offer legitimate feedback to other responses, do not just say “I agree” or “I do not agree.” TELL me and your classmates why you do or do not.

Throughout the semester, I will offer extra credit to those who post by a certain date. I will make these announcements as we go along.
Final Creative Project –

Students will choose one item of interest from our readings or discussions, i.e. a specific person, incident, artwork, literary work, philosophy, etc. and using that specific item, will create their own retelling or interpretation. For example, the student can write a short play, a poem, or song lyrics describing the specific item that you have chosen. For instance, in the past, I’ve had students write a poem/lyrics about a specific artwork, person or philosophy that inspired them, a few students even recorded them singing and playing their song. I’ve had some students do a 21st –century reinterpretation drawing of an artwork that we studied in the course and how it this translates to you now in the 21st century. I want you to be as creative as possible and most importantly have fun and make this a representation of YOU. And if you need ideas please let me know and I will help you brainstorm!

Overall Grade Distribution:
Online Discussions/Reading Responses 30 points

1 Exams 20 points

Creative Project 20 points

Research Paper 30 points


TOTAL 100 points
A 100-90 points B 90-80 points C 80-70 points

D 70-60 points F 60-0 points

Student Integrity and Academic Dishonesty

All students are expected to behave with integrity. Plagiarism and cheating are unethical, and students caught engaging in such activities will be subject to disciplinary action, including loss of credit for an assignment or for the entire course, probation, suspension, or even dismissal. For further information, please refer to college policies published in the student handbook.

Students with Disabilities

Any student who has special needs (as defined by Services for Special Students) must tell the instructor during the first week of class so provisions can be made. Please visit if you have any questions about your status.

Other Information

The withdrawal date for a W is July 10. Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from the course. The instructor DOES NOT withdraw students under any circumstances.

Disclaimer: This syllabus may be changed anytime at the discretion of the instructor. Students will be informed of any changes.


Please note: All assignments are due by Sunday at 6:00 pm on the date indicated

Throughout the class I will also be posting selected readings, PowerPoint lectures and videos on Blackboard as part of your weekly assignments. Please make sure you check in on BB at least every 48 hours to keep up to date on other reading, video and lecture assignments.

Week 1 DUE 5/17 Review Syllabus



FYI: It's very important to complete this first discussion as this will let me know who has "checked in" for class this week.  Not checking in equals not coming to class your first day.  Doing the discussion questions not only affects your GPA but it lets me know who is "coming" to class every week!  
Tell us who you are!

What are your interests, career paths, majors, favorite book, favorite movie, song...and what do you love about history???

Then answer the following question: What do you think it means to “be human?” We will be revisiting this question at the end of the semester.
Week 2 DUE 5/24 Chapter 2: The Ancient Near East

Read pages 36-73

Week 3 DUE 5/31 Chapter 3: The Stability of Ancient Egypt

Read pages 74-105

Week 4 DUE 6/7 Chapter 4: The Aegean World

Read pages 107-114

Week 5 DUE 6/14 The Iliad and The Odyssey

Read pages 115-126 AND 138-143

Week 6 DUE 6/21 Early Greek Literature and Philosophy / Sappho

Read pgs. 126-137

Supplemental readings on Sappho will be posted on BlackBoard

Discussion Question

Week 7 DUE 6/28 Chapter 5: Golden Age of Athens:

Socrates, Plato and Aristotle

Read pages 159-163 AND pages 180-185

Week 8 DUE 7/5 Greek Theatre

Read pages 163-179

Read Lysistrata (will be posted on Blackboard)

Week 9 DUE 7/12 Chapter 6: Rome: Origins

Read pages 189-199

Research Paper Due

Week 10 DUE 7/19 Imperial Rome

Read pages 199-226

Read Catullus’ poetry on page 227

Week 11 DUE 7/26 Creative Project Due

Week 12 DUE 8/2 FINAL EXAM DUE BY 8/2

Disclaimer: This syllabus may be changed anytime at the discretion of the instructor. Students will be informed of any changes.

I have read and understand all of the requirements, including but not limited to grading and attendance policies, outlined in the syllabus and agree to follow said procedure throughout the duration of the course. I have met all prerequisites necessary for this course. If I am confused about the requirements of a particular exam or project I will make every effort to contact the instructor and seek clarification on the matter as soon as possible. If I am absent it is my responsibility (not the Professor's) to acquire all pertinent information concerning assignments given in my absence. I will read the assigned text and come to class prepared to intelligently participate in class discussion.

Signature__________________________________ Date ___________________

Online Course Expectations
Technical Help Available 24/7:

Call at 407-582-5600

or visit

Course Description

  • A fully online course conducted in an asynchronous format.

  • This is an interactive course, not an independent study.

How an Online Course Is Different from a Face-to- Face Course

  • It can feel overwhelmingespecially in the first week. You’ve probably forgotten how ill-at-ease you felt when you first went to school, but taking an online class for the first time is very similar. It takes a while to learn your way around the “virtual campus”.

  • It fits more easily into your schedule. However, since you will do most of your work at home, it requires more self-discipline in setting aside time to study and participate in the course’s learning activities.

  • As in any course in which you want to do well, this course will take more time than you expect.

  • All reminders of when things are due are electronic. If you don’t access the course regularly, you may miss key assignments and due dates.

  • You will collect, reflect on, and respond to information that you have gathered. In an online course, responsibility for learning

rests equally on participants and facilitators.

with others online.

What You Will Need to Be Successful

  • Access to a computer with a high-speed connection.

  • Basic computer skills, such as the use of word processing software, sending email with attachments, uploading and downloading files from external sources.

  • A preference for visual or kinesthetic learning, because online learning is very visual and very “hands on the keyboard.” (If you don’t know your preference, take the online version of the Barsch Inventory to find out.)

  • An open-minded attitude, personal honesty, and a willingness to share your knowledge and ideas with others.

  • The belief that online learning is more convenient, but not easier than face-to-face learning.

  • The belief that quality learning can happen anytime and


  • An interest in self-reflection.

From: The Virtual Student by Palloff and Pratt

Online Course Components

(that you will find on the course website)

  • Syllabus including a description of course, requirements, and expectations of participants, posted on course website.

  • Course goals, or Learning Outcomes, linked to each course activity.

  • Calendar, including all due dates.

  • Web links for required, online reading.

  • Narrated presentations.

  • Threaded discussions.

  • Assignments (or learning activities).

  • Assessments in the form of quizzes.

  • Course e-mail to facilitate communication among participants.

My Expectations of You

  • Have access to computer equipment necessary to run course delivery platform (Blackboard).

  • Active engagement in all course activities, readings and discussions.

  • Access Blackboard at least every other day if not every day for the duration of the course.

  • Complete all learning activities on time.

  • Provide substantive feedback to peers

  • Develop/refine materials you can use in your classroom.

  • Practice professional ethics.

  • Observe the Rules of Netiquette.

  • Provide feedback- Complete an online evaluation of this course.

What You Can Expect From Me

  • Prompt responses to your questions and e-mails.

  • Daily monitoring of course website.

  • Thoughtful discussion facilitation (although I may limit my involvement so you spend more time in discussion with peers).

  • Prompt action on technical problems within my control, such as broken links, file size, discussion settings, etc.

  • Respect for your area of expertise, as well as for your ideas and opinions.

What Makes A Good Discussion Post

  • Substantial- thoughtful, original, relevant and contributes to the overall learning of the group

  • Thought-provoking- stimulates thinking and reasoning

  • Timely- post early to give your peers time to respond, this contributes to a rich discussion

  • Logical, concise and grammatical

  • Conveys “your presence- reinforce your conclusions with real life and professional experiences

Tips For Success

  • Perform the Browser Check on the Blackboard log-in page BEFORE beginning course work. Performing this tune-up ensures optimal performance. (Install Firefox browser for best visual display of online course.)

  • Print a copy of the course syllabus and schedule. Keep it by your computer.

  • Work offline if you prefer-print your assignments and read them offline, use a word processor to compose your work before posting them to the course.

  • Check the course website and course email regularly.

  • If you have a question, post it on the course discussion board.

Often a colleague will have a good answer for you.

  • Set aside specific times during the week to complete class activities. If not, your other work will expand to fill all the time you have.

  • Expect electronic glitches/power outages and plan ahead.

Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your work.

  • If the course website has been working well for you, but begins to “act up,” contact the Blackboard Help Desk immediately (407- 582-5600).

  • Maintain back-up copies of all of your coursework on a flash or jump drive.


  • About the course: Post them in the Discussion area of the course under the topic for questions.

  • Personal or private: E-mail me in Blackboard.

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