The Value of the Humanities (graded)
is the value of studying the humanities in a business or technical
curriculum? How might a topic such as ancient art enhance contemporary
Ancient Works of Art (graded)
a work of art from the reading in Chapter 1. Discuss how the work is a
reflection of the ancient culture that created it. Also, did anything
particularly surprise or impress you about the work of art or the
ancient people who created it?
Greek and Roman Architectural Influences (graded)
architecture of the Greeks and Romans has influenced people for
centuries. When the founding fathers of America began to design
Washington, DC, how were they influenced by the Greeks and Romans?
Greek and Roman Advancements (graded)
peoples were often much more advanced than modern people understand.
Choose one example of a Greek or Roman advancement that improved their
societies. How did this advancement affect the culture of the Greeks or
Romans? Has this advancement evolved and is it in use,in some capacity,
in the modern world?
This week, we took a brief look at Shakespeare’sThe Tempest(see
the Assignments section). This five-act play opens with a storm at sea
(a tempest) and throughout, Shakespeare has planted allusions to
apparitions and magic, such as the character Ariel who, at times,
appears to be invisible to the other characters. It is a given that the
special effects, such as those often used in films, to actually give the
stage the appearance of a deadly tempest or actually make Ariel an
invisible presence are not achievable on the stage. To fill in this gap,
audiences suspend disbelief.
In this thread, let’s
discuss the power and limitations of theatrical imagination. Please
feel free to draw from productions you have seen. (The old high
schoolproductions count, too!) Why are we willing to suspend disbelief
when we see a play, yet we demand so much more from a film production?
Do you think that the limitation on special effects and alternative
demand on the audience member to suspend disbelief is a weakness or a
strength of the theatrical experience? Would you rather seeThe Tempeston stage or in film? Why?
Allegory and Art (graded)
This week, we are exploring the items below.
- Excerpt fromBeowulf(also available as an audio in the lecture)
week, we have looked at several works of art that utilized allegorical
themes. One of the most common uses of imagery in the medieval and
Renaissance periods is allegory. What is an allegory? Describe how at
least one of the examples of art in this week’s lecture or one of this
week’s readings is allegorical in nature. Why, in your opinion, was
allegory so prevalent during these periods? Is it still important in
contemporary literature? Why or why not?
color, hue, balance, form and perspective were some of the key concepts
covered in this week’s tutorial. Use the example of a painting by Peter
Paul Rubens and discuss how one or more of this week’s key concepts are
featured in the painting.
Identify the painting by title, and include citations for any material you’ve researched.
Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution (graded)
the information from this week’s reading on the Enlightenment, the New
Rationalism, and the Scientific Revolution, how did advancements in
science and reasoning change the lives of people at this time? In
addition, what effects did the Industrial Revolution have on the world?
Photography and Art (graded)
In the 19th century, the camera was a revolutionary invention. Did the invention of the camera change the arts? Why or why not?
Is there a relationship between movements such as realism andimpressionism and the camera?
Realism and Impressionism (graded)
this week’s discussion, chooserealism orimpressionism as a basis for
your posts and discuss how your choice is manifested in any area of the
humanities (i.e., painting, sculpture, literature, music, etc.), and
give an example from any discipline in the humanities to illustrate
howrealism or impressionism influenced the work of art. Please be sure
to give an analysis of how the work of art was influenced by the
Art and Politics (graded)
week, we looked at several examples of early modernist art such as
Cubism, Fauvism,futurism, andexpressionism. Let’s discuss the
relationships between these aesthetic categories and the sociopolitical
climate of the period.
How did the sociopolitical climate of the time period, including the two world wars, influence artists?
Feminism and Literature (graded)
connect the themes of the three readings and the lecture for this week
to talk about how the ways feminist literature has influenced
In your first post, share what you see the
main themes or issues that were important the writer of at least one of
the following feminist works:
The Outsideby Susan Glaspell (audio available in the lecture)
A Societyby Virginia Woolf
The Solitude of Selfby Elizabeth Cady Stanton
sure to reference the specific elements of at least one of the readings
or audio in your response. We’ll follow up as a class to connect these
historical issues to present-day discussions of women and society.
Controversial Art and Censorship (graded)
controversial art is not a topic exclusive to the 20th century, the
distribution of information regarding controversial art has increased
with the proliferation of media. Please discuss an example of a 20th
century controversial work of art from any discipline of the humanities
(music, literature, sculpture, film, etc.) and an accompanying statement
from the artist(s). Based on your example, to what extent does
controversial art make a social contribution? Are governments ever
justified in censoring art?
were some of the influences of thepopart phenomenon? Should we consider
the creative elements of popular culture, which are very often mass
produced works of art?
Course Project: Advancements in the Humanities
course will take you through huge chunks of human history from the
Paleolithic era through the Vietnam War and into our postmodern world.
In Week 7, you will be asked to deliver a five- to seven-page research
paper on any subject within the humanities of your choosing, providing
you have cleared it with your professor. Your research paper will
require a minimum of three sources and a maximum of five sources. You
must document your research scrupulously—both in text and in a reference
page as specified by the APA style sheet. Scrupulous documentation plus
high originality, analysis, insight, and fresh applications of ideas
are highly prized. Mere reporting, describing, and finding others’ ideas
are discouraged, and copying and pasting is just wrong. Your paper is
to be 70–80% original and 20–30% resourced (documented via
Your final grade includes points accumulated for your
- an annotated bibliography;
- a Final Paper; and
- a Final Exam.
The following are guidelines to assist you in completing the course successfully.
Guidelines for Discussions:
Please do not merely cut, paste, and attribute in the discussions. For
every idea you paraphrase or language you quote, you must have at least
two lines of your own original analysis, evaluation, or personal
connection. Learning the humanities is not about finding information,
but it is about engaging originally and authentically with what you are
Guidelines for the Outline/Proposal: An
outline is a convenience to help you tack down the topics you hope to
cover in a Final Paper, and a proposal is the extended and full
description of your project (as best you know it at the time of
writing). Understand that you are making a best effort to describe your
project early on, but allow yourself to be open to growth and change as
you conduct research and focus your intentions.
Guidelines for the Annotated Bibliography:
Good annotations make for excellent papers. You are required to have
three (but no more than five) scholarly resources. A scholarly resource
is written by an academician with a Ph.D. or other terminal degree, is
published in a multivolume, peer-reviewed journal, and has ample
references of its own. Your annotations should succeed in the following.
1. It should establish the title, author, journal, and page numbers.
2. It should briefly summarize the article, book, or chapter.
It should analyze the text—say what the implications are, what
assumptions are held, what historical context is represented, and the
4. It should locate at least one quotation to be used in your paper.
5. It should evaluate—say whether you agree, disagree, and why.
Guidelines for the Final Paper:
The essay must be five to seven double-spaced pages in length (not
including the title or reference pages). Include a minimum of three and a
maximum of five scholarly sources. The margins should be no more than
one in. (right and left). The essay should be composed in 12-point Times
New Roman or Arial font. All of the sources must be documented and
cited using APA format.
Please refer to the Guidelines above for specific details.
Annotations (150 points)
good annotated bibliography provides the publication details, describes
the key points of the source, uncovers controversies introduced by the
source, and evaluates the merits of the source. Each of your three
(minimal) to five (maximal) annotations should be approximately 200–250
words.This is due Week 4.
Outline and Proposal (100 points)
the annotations, you will be ready to plan your paper. An outline (one
and one half pages) and a proposal (two to three pages) of your intended
project are due. Quality proposals and outlines will not merely
describe or find information but will have a strong and original point
of view. The highest points are conferred for originality, the locating
and detailing of controversies, and for nuanced papers that sensitively
explore topics with deft subtlety.This is due Week 2.
Discussions (350 points)
week, discussions will focus on text readings and explore the nuts and
bolts of some of the major historical events, artwork, literature,
political thinking, and culture of specific historical periods. Your
discussions require that you NOT ever merely cut and paste someone
else’s ideas with an attribute––such discussions have absolutely no
value and will not be recognized. If you wish to include external source
information substantively, you may do so. The rule is for each line you
quote or paraphrase, you must give two lines of your own analysis. You
must state why this inclusion is relevant, what we are supposed to think
as a result of reading it, what controversy it raises, and why you
think it’s important that we know about the source information.
Additionally, when you quote something, you must offset it with
quotation marks so that it is clear to your reader when you are quoting
and when you are analyzing originally. The same holds true of
paraphrasing––please offset the paraphrase in such a way that is clear
that it is a derived idea, and then offer your analysis. Whether you
quote or paraphrase, you must provide both a parenthetical in-text
citation, as well as the full reference at the bottom.
words, the only way to be original when you are reporting information is
to think about it, form an opinion about it, evaluate it, critique it,
and then write it clearly. You are expected to craft six high-quality
posts on three separate days each week.This is due Weeks 1–7.
Final Paper (200 points)
See details under the Guidelines above.This is due Week 7.
|Course Project Final Paper Rubric||Total Points Possible||200||Total Points Earned||0|
|Points Possible||Points Earned||Comments|
Ideas are strong and relevant to a humanities paper. The thesis
includes a clear statement of purpose and sensitively explores its
subject matter. It is supported with effective, specific, and relevant
details selected with a humanities audience in mind. Body of the paper
is five to seven pages of text (not including the title page and
It has a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. The writing is
structured to enhance meaning. Transitions are used to move from point
to point. Transitions provide logical sequence appropriate for the
purpose. Each paragraph ends with an original statement that connects to
The language is rich, effective, natural, precise, and vivid. Words
used to convey images are appropriate to the audience and purpose.
Vocabulary is varied, specific, and accurate. It is appropriate for
Sentence structures vary and contain no major flows such as run-on
sentences, fragments, and verb errors. Sentences add interest and flow
to text. There is strong control over simple and complex sentence
|Mechanics: The paper reflects correctness of expression and has been edited for spelling, style, grammar, and punctuation.||25|
The paper is double-spaced and is in a 12-point Times Roman font. The
APA title page is not required or desired. Let’s be green.
There is a minimum of three academic sources. The references page
includes full citations, and in-text citations are included when
material is used from a source. Sources do not exceed 30% of the content
and are cited correctly (in text and in a full reference page).