GREEK & ROMAN HUMANITIES: HUM2220 Professor Will Adams · Wadams5@valenciacollege.edu Course Blog: hum2220-0915-sm.blogspot.com Office hours by appointment · Osceola Campus – Building 2, Room 232 Class Meeting: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:15 – 10:50 AM “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.” - Plato (427 – 347 BC)COURSE DESCRIPTION Greek & Roman Humanities offers the student integrated examinations of dominantdevelopments 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 end of the RomanEmpire, 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 demonstratecollege-level writing skills through multiple writing assignments. A minimum grade of Crequired 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 TEXT Gloria K. Fiero, The Humanistic Tradition, Book 1.
STUDENT EVALUATION FORMULA 1. Attendance & Class Participation 20% 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. Various events may be suggested to you by the instructor throughout the class’s duration, 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-to-six 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. This is not the professor’s responsibility. A detailed research project description will be distributed at a later date. 4. Quizzes 15% Two short-form quizzes will be administered throughout the course of the class. The format that the quizzes come in may vary from quiz to quiz. Pop quizzes to ensure student comprehension and attention are also possible without warning. 5. Examinations 30% Four long-form examinations will be administered, once at week 3, once at midterm, once, at week 9, and once at final class meeting. Examinations will not be cumulative in their subject matter. You will be given a study guide for most exams, at the instructor’s discretion.GRADING SCALE100 – 90% =A89 – 80% =B79 – 70% =C69 – 60% =D59 – 0% =F
SCHEDULE OF CLASS MEETINGSClass Meeting Date TaskTuesday, May 8th Introduce class, distribute and discuss syllabus. Student introduction activity. Read for next class: Pages 1 – 10 (Paleolithic Culture through Neolithic Earthworks).Thursday, May 10th Paleolithic cave art lecture & activity. Mother goddess homework assignment. Read for next class: Pages 10 – 15 (The Birth of Civilization through Creation Tales).Tuesday, May 15th RESEARCH PROJECT INTRODUCTION & LIBRARY VISIT Read for next class: Pages 16 – 28 (Mesopotamia through Reading from Hammurabi’s Code).Thursday, May 17th The earliest ancient written languages & religion. Translation in-class activity. Read for next class: Pages 44 – 61 (Africa: Gods, Rulers, and the Social Order through Western Sudan: Nok Culture).Tuesday, May 22nd The epic, Gilgamesh & modern epics. Read for next class: Pages 28 – 42 (Arts in Mesopotamia through The Persian Empire).Thursday, May 24th EXAM #1 Read for next class: Pages 76 – 89 (Greece: Humanism & the Speculative Leap through Reading from Thucydides’ Peloponnesian Wars).Tuesday, May 29th Embalming & Egyptian funerary architecture Sarcophagus lid in-class activityThursday, May 31st Greek mythology & heroes Read for next class: Pages 89 – 99 (The Olympic Games through Reading from Aristotle’s Poetics).Tuesday, June 5th Dionysus & Ancient Greek Theatre Begin watching Medea in classThursday, June 7th Conclude watching Medea in classTuesday, June 12th Ancient Greek Philosophy Read for next class: Pages 100 – 110 (Greek Philosophy: The Speculative Leap through Reading from Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics).Thursday, June 14th Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics Deconstructed Read for next class: Pages 113 – 122 (The Classical Style through The Classical Ideal: Male and Female).Tuesday, June 19th Begin watching 300 Read for next class: Pages 122 – 127 (Greek Architecture: The Parthenon through The Gold of Greece).
Thursday, June 21st Finish watching 300 Read for next class: Pages 127 – 130 (The Classical Style in Poetry through The Classical Style in Music & Dance).Tuesday, June 26th EXAM #2 Read for next class: Pages 130 – 135 (The Diffusion of the Classical Style: The Hellenistic Age).Thursday, June 28th The Classical orders & the great temples of ancient Greece. Classical architecture homework. Read for next class: Pages 137 – 143 (Rome: The Rise to Empire through The Roman Empire). Read for next class: Pages 152 – 158 (The Arts of the Roman Empire through Roman Architecture).Tuesday, July 3rd The Roman Republic & What Is Satire?Thursday, July 5th Rome’s Best & Craziest Emperors Read for next class: Pages 159 – 161 (Roman Sculpture)Tuesday, July 10th EXAM #3 The Coliseum’s Bloody History & Its Legacy Begin watching Ancient Rome, The Modern Stadium Read for next class: Pages 162 – 164 (Roman Painting through The Fall of Rome).Thursday, July 12th Pompeii: Roman Time Capsule Mosaic in-class activity.Tuesday, July 17th The Emergence of Christianity in Ancient RomeThursday, July 19th RESEARCH PROJECT PRESENTATIONSTuesday, July 24th The Byzantine Era: An Empire EvolvesThursday, July 26th CULTURAL EVENT DUE Watch Byzantium: The Lost EmpireTuesday, July 31st FINAL EXAM (#4)GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN WORK All written work should be set in Arial 12 point font, with double spacing and standard1” page margins. Additionally, each written assignment (with the exception of the researchproject) should begin with the following header, placed at the top, left side of the first page: Your First & Last Name HUM2220 – 10:30 AM Prof. Will Adams Assignment Due Date (MM/DD/YYYY)
Assignments of more than one page must be stapled by the student. The instructor will notprovide a stapler for your use. Finally, minimum page totals for any written assignment require that the written pagebe filled in its entirety to count as one page. In other words, if a written assignment requires 2pages, but the student only writes 1.5, the student will not earn all possible points for theassignment.EXTRA CREDIT POLICY Each quiz or test throughout the class’s duration will include one extra credit questionequal to 10% of the quiz or test’s total point value (i.e. A five point extra credit question for afifty point test). In addition, extra credit may be earned by writing more than the required number ofpages for any written assignment. Extra credit for extra written work will be given up to amaximum of 15% of the assignment’s total point value (i.e. A two page written assignment isusually valued at 20 total points, at ten points per page. If the student writes 2.2 pages, thestudent will receive 22 points for the assignment, rather than the standard 20). No other extracredit opportunities will be available.LATE WORK/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 asa portion of the final grade. After the FOURTH absence, a student has missed two full weeks ofclass. A notice of Excessive Absences may be issued and the student may be withdrawn at theprofessor’s discretion. It is always the student’s responsibility to contact the professor about issues that maylead to excessive absences. It is also the student’s responsibility to arrange to receive classnotes or handouts from missed classes from his or her fellow students. Do not contact the instructor for this information without contacting your classmatesfirst! Please note that there is no such thing as an “Excused Absence” (even with a doctor’snote, 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 andwords of others as if they are your own work constitutes plagiarism. This includes use ofmaterial 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 wordsor ideas, as well as paraphrasing must be cited. Each student is expected to be in completecompliance with the college policy on academic honesty as set forth in the college catalog andthe student handbook. Plagiarism in any work will result in a grade of zero for thatassignment.CLASS CONDUCT Valencia College is dedicated not only to the advancement of knowledge and learningbut is concerned with the development of responsible personal and social conduct.By enrolling at Valencia College, a student assumes the responsibility for becoming familiarwith and abiding by the general rules of conduct. The primary responsibility for managing theclassroom environment rests with the faculty. Students who engage in any prohibited orunlawful acts that result in disruption of a class may be directed by the faculty to leave theclass. Violation of any classroom or Valencia’s rules may lead to disciplinary action up to andincluding expulsion from Valencia. Disciplinary action could include being withdrawn fromclass, disciplinary warning, probation, suspension, expulsion, or other appropriate andauthorized actions. You will find the Student Code of Conduct in the current Valencia StudentHandbook.COMPUTER/EQUIPMENT USE POLICY Use of computers in the Business, IT, and Public Service classrooms at ValenciaCollege is restricted to those activities designated by the instructor to enhance the classmaterials. 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 besubject to dismissal from class or banishment from the lab. Subsequent offense may be sent tothe campus administration for further disciplinary action.STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Students with disabilities who qualify for academic accommodations must provide anotification from the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) and discuss specific needs withthe professor, preferably during the first two weeks of class. The Office for Students withDisabilities 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.