Humanities 214 Fall, 2007
Instructor: Connie Schrader
Class Meetings: Monday Lecture, W F Discussion Groups, 11:25-12:35
On attendance: Tom Wayman puts it well
Office Hours: MWF 2:45-4 or
Office: 208 HFC
Humanities 214 is the second in
the series of four Humanities courses which form the core of the liberal
education offered by UNCA. This course examines the ideas, values, and
world-views of the medieval and Renaissance periods, beginning with the fall of
Rome and ending with rise of political absolutism. In addition, Humanities 214
examines the world-views of concurrent non-European cultures, providing students
with an opportunity to begin exploring alternate cultural models and to
understand points of connection among the various world-views.
Please follow this link for a
complete course introduction:
Welcome to Humanities 214
- Improve your critical abilities
in reading, thinking, writing and discussion;
- Recognize and evaluate differing
values and world-views, both past and present;
- Increase your empathy for and
understanding of people from different cultures and backgrounds;
- Become acquainted with different
ethical values and to make your own reasoned judgments about ethical
problems and issues;
- Develop the ability to see the
connections between different disciplines and methods of analysis.
Academic Goals and Skills
The academic goals and skills that
are central to the Humanities program are eloquently stated on the HUM
homepage. Please refer to them when you go to that site to download the weekly
Course requirements and
basis of grade:
In this course, assignments are handled
differently: you select what work you complete, with two exceptions:
1) all students will create a 25 page
portfolio of written, edited, typed work and
2) all students will take the final exam
3) all students
accountable for adhering to the attendance and participation policy
The grading scale and options you have for
demonstrating evidence of learning are detailed here:
Your Course Encounter
- Students are expected to attend class regularly and
participate generously. Absences beyond three detract from your progress
and the progress of the class. That damage will necessarily be reflected in
your participation grade.
- Students must have the required textbooks and bring
them to class.
- No makeup exams unless arranged
in advance. You are expected to hand your papers in on time. If you
anticipate a problem with a deadline you must discuss this with me so we can
work out a solution.
- See the UNCA policy on
Plagiarism. You are plagiarizing when you use someone else's words or
ideas but fail to attribute their source. If you plagiarize, you will
fail this course automatically. If you have a recognized disability, please
see me at the beginning of the course to arrange accommodations.
- (Fiero 2, 3, and 4) Volumes 2,
3, 4 of Gloria Fiero, The Humanistic Tradition, 4th ed.
Vol 2 was also used in Hum 124. Vol. 4 will be used in Hum. 324, so students
should keep it.
- (AR) The Asheville Reader,
The Medieval and Renaissance World, 2nd. Ed., ed. Ho,
McClain, Sawin, and Spellman.
- Othello, and Sundiata (Niane
ed.) in paperback from the campus bookstore
- ALWAYS BRING TEXTS TO CLASS.
If you are sharing a textbook, make sure that the text is available to you
and you alone during our class meeting.