Twentieth Century Humanities: HUM2250 Professor Will Adams · Wadams5@valenciacollege.edu Course Blog: hum2250-1800-sm.blogspot.com Office hours by appointment · Building 2, Room 234 Class Meeting: Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:20 PM “Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time.” - Margaret Mead (1901 – 1978)Course Description Twentieth Century Humanities offers the student integrated examinations of dominantideas in Western Culture expressed in art, literature, music, philosophy and religion during thetwentieth century. The course will cover the period from 1901 through 1999, emphasizingdevelopment and influence of modern and postmodern ideas. 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. In addition, this class will require thestudent to utilize the Valencia Core Competencies: Think, Communicate, Value, and Act.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 of members of the 20th century. 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 ideas being discussed throughout the class’s duration.Required TextGloria K. Fiero, The Humanistic Tradition, Book 6, ISBN: 0-07-291023-2Additional readings as assigned by the instructor throughout the semester.
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. Tardiness of more than 15 minutes after the scheduled beginning of class constitutes an absence. 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, 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 six-to-seven 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. 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 week4, once at midterm, once, at week 12, 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 – 50% =F
Schedule Of Class MeetingsClass Meeting TaskThursday, May 10th Introduce class, distribute & discuss syllabus The Analytical Life of Sigmund Freud Read for next class: Pages 1 – 24 (The Triumph of Modernism – The Beginnings of Modern Dance).Thursday, May 17th The Wildness of the Fauves Lecture Fauvism Activity Read for next class: Pages 26 – 47 (The Freudian Revolution – The New Psychology and Music). RESEARCH PROJECT DISTRIBUTED & LIBRARY VISITThursday, May 24th EXAM #1 Come One, Come All!: The Story of Vaudeville, Burlesque & Cabaret Begin watching Chicago Read for next class: Pages 49 - 65 (Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Arts – Picasso’s Guernica).Thursday, May 31st Conclude watching Chicago A Delicate Balance: Frank Lloyd Wright & Fallingwater Lecture Cantilevering Class ActivityThursday, June 7th The Art Of Recovery: The New Deal, The WPA, & The FAP Lecture Read for next class: Pages 66 – 68 (Music in the War Era – Summary).Thursday, June 14th EXAM #2 (MIDTERM) C’mon, Get Rhythm!: Blues, Jazz, & Rockabilly: The Forerunners of Rock LectureThursday, June 21st RESEARCH PROJECT DUE & PRESENTATIONSThursday, June 28th The Scene Inside: The Life & Work of Jackson Pollock Lecture What Is Film Noir? Lecture Begin watching Casablanca Read for next class: Pages 78 – 83 (The Visual Arts at Mid-Century – Painting).Thursday, July 5th EXAM #3
Conclude watching Casablanca A Whimsical Motion: The Oeuvre of Alexander Calder Lecture Mobile Class Activity Read for next class: Pages 83 – 89 (Sculpture – Summary).Thursday, July 12th The Counterculture: The Revolution & The Response Lecture We Shall Not Be Moved: Civil Disobedience & The Civil Rights Movement Read for next class: Pages 93 – 104 (Liberation and Equality – Walker’s Elethia).Thursday, July 19th CULTURAL EVENT DUE We Don’t Need Another Hero: The Art & Agenda of Feminism Lecture POP! Goes the World Lecture Read for next class: Pages 147 – 148 (New Realism).Thursday, July 26th FINAL EXAMGuidelines 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 HUM2250 – 6:00 PM Prof. Will Adams Assignment Due Date (MM/DD/YYYY) Assignments of more than one page must be stapled by the student. The instructor willnot provide 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 SECOND 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 aboutissues that may lead to excessive absences. It is also the student’s responsibility to arrange toreceive class notes or handouts from missed classes from his or her fellow students. Do notcontact the instructor for this information without contacting your classmates first! Pleasenote that there is no such thing as an “Excused Absence” (even with a doctor’s note, death inthe 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 hisor 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 Be polite.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.