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Contact Information

Office: Sierra Tower 812

Phone: (818) 677-3410

Ofc. Hours: Mondays 10-11a.m.

email: nancy.taylor@csun.edu




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Students concerned with accessibility to digital course materials should contact the Center on Disabilities (COD) for assistance.


Required Materials

1. THE ART OF BEING HUMAN, Custom Edition

ISBN: 1-269-33269-4

by Janaro & Altshuler


by Richard Bach


2001 Peter Jackson Film

4. WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW!? - 2004 Film


Course Policies


Your final grade will be determined as follows:

1. Response to Textbook Readings: 30%

2. Art Analysis Paper: 15%

3. Lord of the Rings - Film Analysis: 15%

4. Illusions Analysis: 15%

5. What the Bleep Do We Know - Film Analysis: 15%

6. Class Participation: 10%

NOTE: Whole-class forum postings will be graded based on effort and thoughtfulness. Please leave yourself enough time to read and respond to your peers PRIOR to our in-person class time. You will receive a letter grade for each assignment posted on our Turnitin (via MOODLE) page.

Attendance & Late Work

Please post your responses by the due dates in our schedule. Please note that late posts will be marked down one full grade per week. You will not receive credit for assignments posted more than two (2) weeks late. Please note that NO work will be accepted after 11:59p.m. on May 9th!!!

Carefully read each homework assignment -- our week to week schedule will vary. For our textbook readings, you will be required to respond in a whole-class Moodle forum. For some of our "major" assignments (Art Paper, LOTR, Illusions, Bleep), you will be asked to post in a Moodle forum and to post on Turnitin via Moodle!!!

Whole-class forum postings will be graded 'A' for effort and thoughtfulness. Please leave yourself enough time to read and respond to your peers. You will receive a letter grade for each assignment posted on Turnitin.

Note that each Whole-Class Forum has its own question and posting instructions - please click on the threaded discussion link listed on our Moodle page. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me.

Academic Dishonesty

According to the CSUN catalogue, plagiarism is the act of “intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or works of another as one’s own in any academic exercise,” and will result in a failing grade for the assignment. In addition, it may result in a failing grade for the course and disciplinary action on the part of the university. Internet software is available to assist CSUN faculty to scan student writing. ALL student assignments will be scanned for plagiarism.

Please adhere to the CSUN Student Conduct Code for all course activities, including email and forum discussions, and written analyses.


Course Description & Requirements


Humanities 101 - The Forms & Ideas - Spring 2014

Course Number: 13991


Course Prerequisites:

EPT score of 151 or higher or completion of the lower division writing requirement.

Student Learning Objectives

At the completion of Humanities 101, you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of world cultures.

2. Draw on the insights of various Humanities and Humanities-related disciplines.

3. Understand and apply cultural theory.

4. Write effective analyses of multiple forms of cultural expression and creativity.

5. Successfully navigate the Internet.

6. Engage in asynchronous (bulletin board forum) discussions.

Course Requirements

Welcome to Humanities 101! This is an active participation course that explores the various forms of human expression and thinking. During the semester we will explore the worlds of art, music, philosophy, poetry, literature, morality, religion, and mythology. You will learn to successfully navigate the Internet and to engage in Moodle's asynchronous (bulletin board) forum discussions online.

Since this is mostly a discussion class, the success of this course depends on active participation. We will apply "Reader Response Theory" to all discussions. In other words, I want to hear how you, the reader, interact with the readings. All thoughtful opinions and insights are valued and welcomed -- just be prepared to explain your theories!

During the course of the semester, you will be required to post written responses in whole-class Moodle forums and to post the four major assignments on Turnitin via Moodle. All responses are designed to reinforce the ideas presented in our course, enabling you to have a better understanding of the material.

Technical Requirements

Students will need to have access to the Internet, either Microsoft Explorer, Firefox, or Safari, and an active CSUN email account to access the Moodle system. To activate your CSUN e-mail address or reset its password use the account utility page.

Instructions will be provided for all computer activities; you may visit CSUN's Office of Online Instruction site for information on online courses and programs. CSUN also provides information on computer resources and availability.

NOTE: You may need to install Java before using Moodle!!! Because of a legal dispute between Microsoft and Sun, recent versions of Internet Explorer / Windows do not come bundled with Java, a program that Moodle chat relies on. If you try to use a Java-based program and Java has not been installed on your system, you will see a message indicating that you need to download "JAVA Virtual Machine." You may download and install Java directly from Sun at http://www.java.com/en/index.jsp (click the big yellow Get It Now button on that page). Follow the directions for installation, closing your web browser and/or restarting your system as it suggests. Once Java has been installed you should encounter no further trouble with Moodle.