Hm 28H: imagination and creativity honors core course for the humanities



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1Suffolk Community College, Selden, New York 11784

HM 28H: IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY

HONORS CORE COURSE FOR THE HUMANITIES


Instructor: Dr. Gertrude Postl Office H120, Southampton Building

Spring 2005, Section 1559 Tel: 451-4860 (Main Office: 451-4093)



Time: T/T12:30-1:45 Office Hours: M/W 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

T/T 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.



O B J E C T I V E S

This course should enable students to

1. articulate an understanding of different concepts of imagination and creativity as they were employed within philosophy, art, literature, music, and religion;

2. understand these different concepts as manifestations of a particular historical period and a particular cultural context and approach them in a global as well as a Western perspective;

3. comprehend the mutual interconnection between art, literature, music, philosophy, and religion;

4. relate historically based insights concerning imagination and creativity to current social and cultural developments as well as to their own life experience;

Procedures for accomplishing these objectives: Lectures, class discussion, group discussion, student projects and presentations, written assignments;

T E X T S:

— Plato, Republic, trans. by G. M. A. Grube, Hackett, 1992.

— Sigmund Freud, Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood, Norton, 1989.

— James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Pinguin Classic, 2003.

— Thomas More, Utopia, Pinguin Classics, 1965.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Perennial Classics, 1998.

— Handouts;

R E Q U I R E M E N T S:

1) FOUR QUIZZES: quiz 1 - Tu 2/22 quiz 3 - Th 4/21



quiz 2 - Tu 3/22 quiz 4 - Th 5/12

Quizzes will consist of brief essay questions relating to the readings and the course material in general. The lowest quiz-grade will be dropped. No make-up quizzes!


2) ONE PORTFOLIO

Each student has to choose a theme (e.g. love, fear, death, freedom, night, home, etc.) and compile different examples from the various humanities disciplines in order to express this particular theme. The portfolio should demonstrate a student’s imaginative and creative ability and it should consist of the following:

1. a 4 to 5 page reflective text analyzing the theme (an attempt to provide a philosophical approach); for this part some research is required which should be appropriately documented;

2. a work of literature (poem, short story, play, novel,...) plus a one page explanation why this particular work expresses the theme in question;

3. a work from the visual arts (painting, drawing, photography, movie,...) plus a one page explanation why this particular work expresses the theme in question;

4. a musical example plus a one page explanation why this particular work expresses the theme in question;

students may use/create their own artworks, poems, etc., to express the particular theme in question;

since this is a highly individual project, students should talk to me before und during the process of completing it;

5. a SHORT oral presentation introducing the project;

Due dates for Portfolio:

2/15: Outline (decision on a theme plus one page outline);

3/17: Progress Report (decision on artworks; brief descriptions of reasons for this choice);

4/28: Completed Portfolio;


3) CULTURAL EVENTS – ONE RESPONSE PAPER

A class trip to NY City will be organized which will include a visit to a museum and a play (concert or movie). In response to this trip students have to write a reaction or response paper. This paper has to be at least three pages long, typed, and in the appropriate academic format (correct quotations, etc.). Briefly present the event in question (either the museum visit or the play/concert/movie) and then describe your reaction to it (e.g. give reasons why you liked/disliked certain aspects of the work in question; relate it to your own experience; compare it to other works you have read or seen, etc.). Each of these papers is due three weeks after the respective cultural event.

A handout with detailed instructions will be distributed. Students who cannot attend the class trip have to attend two cultural events on their own.
4) CLASS PARTICIPATION, READING ASSIGNMENTS AND BEHAVIOR

This means participating in the common effort of discussion in order to complement the reading material and to accomplish the aims stated in the course objectives. Absolute unwillingness to participate will result in a lower final grade. "Talking a lot" is not necessarily participation. Reading assignments have to be completed before class meetings. It is not enough to read a text; one should also be able to talk about it. The biographical introduction to each author is part of the reading.

Disruptive or inconsiderate behavior (including walking in and out of the classroom during class time) will affect the grade. Cell phones and beepers have to be switched off during class time.
5) ATTENDANCE POLICY

The college defines excessive absence or lateness as more than the equivalent of one week of class meetings during the semester. In this course, students are allowed no more than three absences! Any additional absence will affect the grade. Excessive absence or lateness may lead to failure in the course or removal from the class roster. If a student is late, the time will be added up and will thereby also contribute to the amount of absences. It is the student's obligation to sign the sign-up sheet which will be passed around. If a student misses a class due to sickness or other justifiable reasons, evidence needs to be shown as soon as possible! In this case the absence will be excused. If a student drops the class after the official withdraw-date (3/21) without justifiable reason, he/she well receive an "F" for the course.



G R A D I N G

3 Quizzes: 40% of the final grade

Portfolio: 30% of the final grade

Response Paper: 15% of the final grade

Class Participation: 15% of the final grade

Excessive absence will lower the final grade!



P L A G I A R I S M

“In writing, students must fully acknowledge the source of any paraphrased passages and any ideas which they have borrowed. Failure to conform to these academic standards is plagiarism and may result in a failing grade for the course and/or serious disciplinary sanctions as outlines in the Code of Conduct” (SCCC Catalog, p.89). Plagiarism of any kind will result in a “0” for the assignment in question and in repeated cases in an “F” for the course.




S C H E D U L E:
Tu 1/25: Introduction: humanities vs. sciences and social sciences; the individual humanities disciplines; historical periods; Western and global perspective; preliminary definitions of imagination and creativity;
Th 1 /27: Introduction continued;



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