Welcome to Humanities 1110!
If you are enrolled for this course, be sure to read the web page above called "Readings" FIRST,
as there are THREE different options for buying your textbooks.
You should check them out before you buy your textbook. You should not just go to the bookstore and buy all
What is this
course about? Try these questions: What are the
underlying beliefs and feelings of our dominant and minor cultures in
the West? How
did Greeks and other ancients invent modern society? Why were the
"dark ages" also filled with light? How did religion, war, and
equality between men and women start? What particular theme in ancient
through renaissance history--the visual arts, music, women's rights,
law, war, et al.--interests you in particular? Follow your head,
your heart, and your interests through thousands of years of Western
cultural development in Hum 1110. By the end of this course, you
will have many answers--and perhaps even more questions--about many of these
subjects and much more.
I'm very glad to be working with you. Most students who finish
course with a passing grade say that they have enjoyed the class quite a bit and are
surprised by how much it has helped them understand the future by way of
understanding our past. Many say it was their favorite class of the
Starting Note #1:
Have you taken other online courses at Inver Hills? If not,
do you have a computer and the Internet at home or a nearby library, and
the necessary computer skills? If you want to see if you are ready for an online course,
Starting Note #2: FIRST EXPECTED
MEETING THURSDAY (for
those who need the help or a strong start):
Computer Lab B-143 on Thurs., Aug. 24, 6-8 pm in the "Business" Building (see
on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017
I will give two "X's" of
attendance for this meeting. OR, for your two X's, you may
summarize our website for 600 w. (about 70-90 w./web page) and email it to me.
Starting Note #3: DON'T BUY YOUR BOOKS, YET!
Some books are not required, only
optional. Before you choose, read the directions for choosing by
clicking on the tab above called "Textbooks" Once
you've read that page and decided which books you want, then you may order
the book you wish. If you want one of the books--or a used copy of
others--you must go to Amazon.com or another online bookseller and order
your books two weeks in advance!
about Hum 1110: Western Civilization, 15,000 B.C.E.-1500 C.E. (A.D.)
- Europe, the Middle East, and North
The humanities are a wonderful subject
encompassing large parts of human knowledge. Included are the arts
(from visual arts to music, plays, dance, and more), philosophy, religion,
crafts, architecture, and even such subjects as sociology, early forms of
psychology, and many more.
One of the reasons studying the humanities is
so exciting is not just the breadth of the subject but also - and especially
- the fabric into which they are woven. Each person, each work of art,
and each human thought is another thread and another color added to this
fabric. The fabric itself, the entire garment that our Western world
now wears, is called, variously, culture, society, and humanity. The
fabric of our lives has changed over thousands of years, but in other ways
you will find that humans now and humans a thousand, five thousand, and even
ten thousand years ago have been very much alike in their basic
intelligence, desires, hopes, and dreams.
If you want to find out how our great, ongoing
project on this planet has proceeded, involving billions of people over
these many thousands of years of development, this is a great opportunity..
And as you watch the march of early humanity through time and culture in the
next sixteen weeks - and as we cover ancient through medieval times - you
will begin to see how many of our Western world's ways of living, thinking,
loving, and being first developed.
Welcome to a
fascinating journey! Our trip through time and faraway lands will not
only give you insight into the past but also into the world's future.
Please be sure to read the minimum requirements and minimum activities for
the course below.
Background and Details for Starting
Questions--You Must Be
Able To Answer "Yes" To All Four:
The following questions also are helpful in
deciding whether to take this online course:
1. Are you "online
experienced"? You must be very comfortable using email and the Web
several times a week.
2. Are you good enough at writing? The
class involves a large amount of
rough-draft writing for homework and online attendance. It also requires
good, formal writing in a final term paper (20% of the grade). BEFORE the class starts,
you should have already finished Read 96 and Eng 99. Or
you should have tested into college-level reading and college-level writing (which means you should be beyond developmental reading and
writing levels on your entrance tests.) And
though it's not required, you are likely to do better on the final paper if
you are done with--or taking and finishing--Eng 1108 or its equivalent, a
College Composition I course.
you have not finished taking IHCC's required Composition I course (Eng
1108), then you might
want to plan on
working with an IHCC Writing Center tutor (see
an online (non-IHCC) Smarthinking tutor (see
for 1/2 hr. to 1 hr. at a time. An IHCC tutor can help you make sense of the
writing and reading assignments, and a SmartThinking online tutor (non-IHCC)
can help you organize your final paper.
3. Can you handle working 12 hrs. per week
or more on this class? This class is a 4-credit
course (not a 3-credit course, like most others), and so it requires 33%
more work than a regular course. In addition, it is not made easier
just because it is online. The national standard for weekly work in a
4-credit class is 12 hrs./wk. If you want an "A" in this course, you
probably will have to work that hard--or harder and longer if you are a slow
reader, a slow writer, or someone who likes to take his or her time reading
4. Are you able to attend several class events,
mostly on Thursday nights, or are you willing to make up for them, either on
your own time in person or by doing them online?
Whether you do them with the class or on your own, the amount of time you
will spend on them will be the same. The first event, a meeting, is
optional--those who attend will get extra credit for going: it is a general
meeting of the class in Week 1of the semester in a computer lab at Inver
Hills College--see the top of this page. The last event is
an individual 15-min. consultation about your term paper (which can be done in person or by phone or, if you don't
mind losing credit for it, you can skip it).
The other 3-4 events are trips to museums and plays as a class group (which can, instead, be done individually at different times or online).
Please note that
the class uses
D2L only for discussion boards. Otherwise, for communication and
turning in homework, it uses the Web and email. By the end of the course, those who have
stuck with it usually say they are surprised not only by how much they have
learned but also by how much they have enjoyed it.
Grading System - Choose Your Goal for the
A = 90-100 X's (90-100
B = 80-89 X's
C = 70-79 X's
D = 60-69 X's
F = 0-59 X's
Your grade for the class is based on a system
of X's, with 100 X's (100 points or 100%)
equaling a perfect A+. 90 X's is the minimum for an "A," 80 X's for a
"B," etc., as shown above.. You choose what grade you want.
You may earn your X's in four ways:
(a) Homework (about 45
(b) Attendance (about 35
(c) Term paper/project
(up to 20 X's)
(d) Extra credit (70
min. = 1 X)
TOTAL: "a"-"c" above: about 100 X's
Absolute Minimums for Passing:
To get a "D" or better in this class, you must
do the following:
Earn 60 X's/points or more, overall.
Complete a term paper earning at least 5 X's.
Be active in the class at least once every two
weeks (or be dropped).
When you write homework, discussion board
messages, or extra credit, the writing must be a minimum of 150-200 words,
depending on the assignment or activity..
When you write 150+ w. for homework, you must
write a minimum of 50 words for each chapter.
An "X" in this class is assumed to be the
equivalent of 70 minutes of work.
This is a 4-credit class (not 3 credits), so
it assumes a workload of at least 12 hrs./wk. (not 9
hrs./wk.) to receive an "A." Some
people--those who read more slowly or more thoroughly and/or who write more
slowly or take a lot of time while they write --may need more than 12
hrs./wk. to receive an "A." See below for more about workload.
This class is a
class (not 3 credits). As such, it requires 1/3rd more total
work time than in a 3-credit class. In addition, the hours required
for this online class are not less than the same class when
taught on campus in a regular, physical classroom. An online class
should not have "fewer hours" just because it is online (except possible
time saved in driving to and from campus), nor should it be "easier"--the
workload is supposed to be the same. You do not get to "skip class
time" in an online class: instead, time normally spent in a physical
classroom on campus is supposed to be converted, in an online course, to
additional time spent online. In fact, the overall work load of a
course, whether online or traditional, is governed by a national
understanding among colleges and universities. This understanding
states that a first- or second-year college course should require about 3
hours of work each week for every credit (counting both class attendance and homework
time). This would mean that in a 3-credit class, the total amount of
work time - both class attendance and homework time - should be about 9 hrs./wk.
In this class, since it is a 4-credit
class, there should be about 12 hours of work per week to pass the class.
Some people may need to do more than that if they want more than a "D" or a
"C." If you cannot handle this much work per week, then you should
drop this course.
Museum and Play Visits:
We will be going as a class group two
times to a major museum on Thursday evenings, and to two plays somewhere in the
Twin Cities. The
majority of students say these activities were one of the highlights
of the course and also allowed them a great chance to meet some of their
classmates. It is assumed that if you live within 100 miles of the
Twin Cities, you will be able to go. However, those who will be
located further away than 100 miles and those who cannot attend because of
work conflicts or for other reasons may find other ways of making up these events as outlined in
the "Attendance & Participation" page.
VERY IMPORTANT--DON'T BUY BOOKS UNTIL YOU READ THIS!
Note #1: Please note: you do NOT need the books immediately. We
have a physical meeting in the first week of classes (see top of page): you may get the books
that same evening--before our evening class, but to do this, call the
bookstore first to see what time it closes: (651) 450-3533.
Note #2: Do NOT buy all of the books that
are in the
bookstore! There are choices for you: most of you will want to buy
two of the books (which are listed as "required"), but some of you may only
need to buy one of the books (the one listed as "optional"). Please
see the "Readings+Resources" page (click on the tab at the top) of this Web site to decide which books you should buy. If you
need to return or exchange any books, you usually only have through
Tues., Week 2
of classes to
Please start the class by working your
way down the items in the right-hand column on this page:
"Starting Online Instructions,"
maybe the "course summary/syllabus"
(if you haven't decided whether to take the class),
the PSEO page if you are PSEO, and
the "Student Information Sheet" that
you should fill out.
(Some of the directions are repeated
to help those who are not used to taking Web classes.)
Then, when you've read
what applies to you in the right-hand column, take a few minutes to look
around the Web site. After you've done that, you can go directly to
the "Wkly. Asgnments." page. That will outline
for you in detail what you need to do each week, starting with Week 1.
IMPORTANT! (1) Again,
this class does not run on D2L, except for bulletin boards (discussion
boards). (2) Please fill out and mail
the "Student Info+Photo Sheet"
(available online by clicking here; I also will pass it out at the
first physical-class meeting). (3) You also should be aware that I always return your
emailed homework, marked to show I got it. And you can always check
your records by clicking on the "Records" above. If you are not
receiving your homework back and seeing credit for it appear by each Sunday
evening on the "FOL Records,"
contact me immediately! (You can always
find my contact info by clicking on the very-top, upper-left corner--or on
the very-bottom "Questions" line--of every Web page in this Web site.)
Adding my Email Address to Your Sender
Please also note the following!
If you are using an email system of your own (other than "go.inverhills"--the
school's system), please READ THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT MESSAGE. I send
absolutely necessary weekly emails to you. And I send assignments back
to you after giving you credit for them. So you MUST BE SURE you are
getting my emails.
Your email system may reject email from people
it does not recognize, or from people who send emails frequently. For
this reason, you may need to add two of my email addresses to your "safe
sender" or "trusted sender" list. The email addresses you should add
are as follows:
(1) richard at jewell dot net
(2) jeweL zero zero one at umn dot edu
--but write it as email addresses normally are written--no spaces, an @, and
e.g., john at smith dot net would be written as
(Why have I written my email addresses in this unusual
way? I get over 600 spam emails per week already. And spammers have
software engines that automatically search the Web for email addresses.
If people avoid typing
their actual email addresses on Web sites, they can avoid more spam.)
If you do not know how to add my email
address to your own email program's "safe" list, then please use your email program's
"help" function or, if there is none, then look in "tools," "options,"
"settings," or other places where you are allowed to control who sends you
email and who doesn't.
I hope you enjoy the class! Many people are surprised, by the end of it, not only by how
much they have learned but also by how much better they feel they now understand
the roots and meanings of our entire Western civilization. If you need
anything, be sure to contact me by
email, phone, or in person.
Schedule of Consultations
about Final Paper (2
X's for Attendance)
Week 15 Consultations: In early or
mid-November, please send 2-3 times
that work for you among those listed below. You may have an in-person consultation in my B-136 office at
IHCC at one of the times
below, once I have established the schedule of consultations for this current
Or you may choose a telephone or Skype consultation
at a time that we mutually work out: both of us would be on our computers with a
copy of your paper in front of us on the computer that you emailed to me, and
you'd phone or Skype me at the time we have scheduled. Telephone or Skype
consultation times tend to work best for me in the early afternoons of some
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Consultations are not required. But if you do not
have a consultation, you will not get your 2 X's of attendance credit for it.
During the consultation: The purpose is
to talk about your Final Project. Bring your Draft 1 and your Draft 2 final project
to the consultation. I'd prefer to see your D-2 at the consultation, if at
all possible, even if only part of it.
Why a Consultation? Each consultation is worth
2 X's/points. Even though it is only 15 minutes, those 15 minutes of meeting
with me can be invaluable sometimes.
Days/Times/Dates for Fall 2017
(More times will be added if needed.)
Please email three possible times in
order of preference, first preference first.
Tues., Nov. 28 (10-15
Later (only if you can't make earlier times):
Skype, phone, or Minneapolis
coffeehouse meeting: best time is
mid-afternoon, early or late afternoon also possible, on Mon., Wed., Fri., or Sat. Please email your
request with three possible times in these timeframes, and the type of
meeting you'd like. (See note below.)
Nov. 30 (10-15 min. each)
Later (only if you can't make earlier times):
If none of these dates or times work for
you, contact me for additional dates/times. I also can set up a phone, Skype,
or Minneapolis coffeehouse consultation with you, either at these times or at other times. Phone
or Skype consultations require that you first send me an attachment or email of
your paper so we can look at it at the same time while talking on the
phone or Skype. --Richard
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