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  • 1. GREEK & ROMAN HUMANITIES HUM2220 · Professor Will Adams · Wadams5@valenciacollege.edu Office hours by appointment · Osceola Campus – Building 1, Room 109 Class Meeting: Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:45 PM Hum2220-1500-fa.blogspot.com “Wise men talk because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something.” - Plato   Course Description  Greek & Roman Humanities offers the student integrated examinations of dominant developments in the Classical civilizations as expressed in art, architecture, politics, literature, music, philosophy and religion.  The course will cover the period from the Paleolithic era through the birth of Russia, and will emphasize the development and influence of classical thoughts and ideals.  This course is a Gordon Rule course, in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level writing skills through multiple writing assignments. A minimum grade of C required if used to satisfy Gordon Rule requirement. Course Objectives  To  understand  the  continuation  and  evolution  of  the  human  experience  by  thinking  critically  about   humanity’s  artistic,  cultural,  and  intellectual  development.    To  broaden  the  student’s  knowledge  of  the  ideas  and  personalities  associated  with  the  Greek  and   Roman  civilizations.    To  learn,  internalize,  and  utilize  vocabulary  specific  to  the  period  covered  by  this  course.    To  appreciate  the  legacy  left  behind  by  both  the  Greek  and  Roman  civilizations.    To  learn  skills  essential  to  critical  thinking  and  synthesis  of  thought  by  carrying  out  scholarly   research  and  authoring  thoughtful  essays.      To  attend  cultural  events  in  order  to  recognize  the  continued  relevance  of  the  sometimes-­‐ancient   ideas  being  discussed  throughout  the  class’s  duration.     Required Textbook Gloria K. Fiero, The Humanistic Tradition, Book 1. Additional readings as assigned throughout the semester
  • 2. Evaluation Formula 1. Attendance & Class Participation 25%  Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class meeting, and count as part of the attendance & participation grade.  The professor should hear each student’s voice at least once per class meeting.  Please be aware that, under Valencia’s Attendance Policy, there is no such thing as an “excused absence”. 2. Cultural Event with Written Evaluation 10%  You will be required to attend one cultural event throughout the class’s duration.  The instructor throughout the class’s duration may suggest various events to you, but it is ultimately your own responsibility to find and attend an approved cultural event.  Proof of attendance at said event must be furnished (i.e. ticket stub, program, souvenir, etc).  A two-page “reaction” (i.e. non-research) paper is required. Be sure to answer the following questions: What did I do? What did I think of it? What did I learn? 3. Research Project 25%  One five page written research project is required.  Proper MLA style citation should be used for all written assignments.  One draft may be turned in for the professor’s perusal two weeks prior to the due date.  Plagiarism = A grade of zero. No exceptions.  Wikipedia = A grade of zero. No exceptions.  All research projects should be stapled or bound by the student  A detailed research project description will be distributed at a later date. 4. Quizzes 10%  Four short-form quizzes will be administered throughout the course of the class.  The administration of quizzes will not be announced beforehand.  The format that the quizzes appear in may vary. 5. Examinations 30%  Four long-form examinations will be administered, once at week 4, once at midterm, once at week 12, and once during finals week.  Examinations will not be cumulative in their subject matter.  You will be given a study guide for exams, at the instructor’s discretion.   Grading Scale 100 – 90% = A 89 – 80% = B 79 – 70% = C 69 – 60% = D 59 – 0% = F  
  • 3. Class Meeting Schedule Date Task Wednesday, August 28th Introduce class, distribute and discuss syllabus. Student introduction activity. Read for next class: Pages 1 – 15 (Paleolithic Culture through The Birth of Civilization through Creation Tales). Wednesday, September 4th The earliest ancient written languages & religion. The epic, Gilgamesh & modern epics. Translation in-class activity. Read for next class: Pages 28 – 61 (Arts in Mesopotamia through Africa: Gods, Rulers, and the Social Order through Western Sudan: Nok Culture). Wednesday, September 11th Embalming & Egyptian funerary architecture Sarcophagus lid in-class activity Read for next class: Pages 76 – 89 (Greece: Humanism & the Speculative Leap through Reading from Thucydides’ Peloponnesian Wars). Wednesday, September 18th EXAM #1 RESEARCH PROJECTS ASSIGNED & LIBRARY VISIT Wednesday, September 25th The Art & Culture of the Ancient Aegean Civilizations lecture Greek mythology & heroes Read for next class: Pages 89 – 99 (The Olympic Games through Reading from Aristotle’s Poetics). Wednesday, October 2nd Dionysus & Ancient Greek Theatre Watching Medea in class Wednesday, October 9th Ancient Greek Philosophy Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics Deconstructed Read for next class: Pages 100 – 122 (Greek Philosophy: The Speculative Leap through The Classical Ideal: Male and Female). Wednesday, October 16th EXAM #2 The Persian Wars Watch 300 Read for next class: Pages 122 – 127 (Greek Architecture: The Parthenon through The Gold of Greece). Wednesday, October 23rd The Classical orders & the great temples of ancient Greece. Classical architecture homework. Read for next class: Pages 127 – 135 (The Classical Style in Poetry through The Diffusion of the Classical Style: The Hellenistic Age).
  • 4. Wednesday, October 30th The Roman Republic & What Is Satire? Rome In Peril: The Punic Wars Wednesday, November 6th Rome’s Best & Craziest Emperors The Coliseum’s Bloody History & Its Legacy Read for next class: Pages 159 – 161 (Roman Sculpture) Wednesday, November 13th EXAM #3 Watch Ancient Rome, The Modern Stadium Pompeii: Roman Time Capsule Mosaic in-class activity. Read for next class: Pages 162 – 164 (Roman Painting through The Fall of Rome). Wednesday, November 20th CULTURAL EVENT DUE RESEARCH PROJECT PRESENTATIONS The Emergence of Christianity in Ancient Rome Wednesday, November 27th THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY Wednesday, December 4th The Byzantine Era: An Empire Evolves The Slavs, The Mongols, and The Birth of Russia lecture Wednesday, December 13th FINAL EXAM – 3:00 PM   Guidelines for Written Work  All written work should be set in Times New Roman 12 point font, with double spacing and standard 1” page margins.  Additionally, each written assignment (with the exception of the research project) should begin with the following header, placed at the top, left corner of the first page:   Your First & Last Name HUM2220 – 3:00 PM Prof. Will Adams Assignment Due Date (MM/DD/YYYY)      The student must staple assignments of more than one page; the instructor will not provide a stapler for your use.  Finally, minimum page totals for any written assignment require that the written page be filled in its entirety to count as one page.    In other words, if a written assignment requires 2 pages, but the student only writes 1.5, the student will not earn all possible points for the assignment.    
  • 5. Extra Credit Policy  Each quiz or test throughout the class’s duration will include one extra credit question equal to 10% of the quiz or test’s total point value (i.e. A five point extra credit question for a fifty point test).  In addition, extra credit may be earned by writing more than the required number of pages for any written assignment.  Extra credit for extra written work will be given up to a maximum of 15% of the assignment’s total point value.  No other extra credit opportunities will be available.   Late & Make-Up Policy  No late work will be accepted.  No work will be accepted via e-mail.  Quizzes or exams must be taken on, or before, the date assigned – and only with the instructor’s explicit consent.  The final exam must be taken on the date published for final exams. Attendance  Students are expected to attend every class. Attendance will be taken and will count as a portion of the final grade. After the SECOND absence, a student has missed two full weeks of class. A notice of Excessive Absences may be issued and the student may be withdrawn at the professor’s discretion.  It is always the student’s responsibility to contact the professor about issues that may lead to excessive absences. It is also the student’s responsibility to arrange to receive class notes or handouts from missed classes from his or her fellow students.  Do not contact the instructor for this information without contacting your classmates or checking the blog first!  Please note that there is no such thing as an “Excused Absence” (even with a doctor’s note, death in the family, etc.) under Valencia’s Attendance Policy.   Academic Honesty Plagiarism is intellectual theft and will not be tolerated. Presentation of the ideas and words of others as if they are your own work constitutes plagiarism. This includes use of material from books, the Internet or any other source. The student is expected to perform his or her own research and present his or her own thoughts. Direct use of another author’s words or ideas, as well as paraphrasing must be cited. Each student is expected to be in complete compliance with the college policy on academic honesty as set forth in the college catalog and the student handbook. Plagiarism in any work will result in a grade of zero for that assignment.  
  • 6. Class Conduct Conduct yourself with courtesy, consideration, and respect for others. Computer & Equipment use Policy  Use of computers in the Business, IT, and Public Service classrooms at Valencia  College is restricted to those activities designated by the instructor to enhance the class materials. Any other use is strictly forbidden. Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to:  Use of computer to send E-mail or access Internet sites not specifically assigned in class.  Use of computer for job, internship, homework or other activities not assigned in class.  Modifying any hardware or software system configuration or setting.  Activities not in accordance with the Valencia Student Code of Conduct  Use of computers in the departmental open lab is limited to those activities involved with preparing homework or coursework in this department and is subject to the same restriction as listed above.  Computer use is remotely monitored; any student using computers inappropriately may be subject to dismissal from class or banishment from the lab. Subsequent offense may be sent to the campus administration for further disciplinary action.   Students with Disabilities Students with disabilities who qualify for academic accommodations must provide a notification from the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) and discuss specific needs with the professor, preferably during the first two weeks of class. The Office for Students with Disabilities determines accommodations based on appropriate documentation of disabilities.   Disclaimer This outline may be altered, at the instructor’s discretion, during the course of the term. It is the responsibility of the student to make any adjustments as announced.
  • 7. GREEK & ROMAN HUMANITIES I, ____________________________________, have read the course syllabus for Fall/Spring/Summer semester 20_____, understand my responsibilities as a student in this course, and agree to abide by the policies and deadlines outlined herein. _______________________________________ Signature _______________________________________ Date