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Contact Information

Office: Sierra Tower 812

Phone: (818) 677-3410

Ofc. Hours: Tuesdays 12:15-1:15p.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

3. 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: 20%

3. Illusions Analysis: 20%

4. What the Bleep Do We Know - Film Analysis: 20%

5. 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.


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, 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 based on 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.

Computers & Cell Phones in the Classroom

Cell phone usage (texting, receiving phone calls, surfing the internet, and notification sounds) is disruptive to the classroom environment; therefore, the use of cell phones during class time is not permitted unless there is a family emergency (notify the instructor prior to the start of class). Cell phones need to be silenced and placed in your bag, purse, or pocket, and in no way are they to be placed on your desk. Digital downloads of our textbooks cannot be accessed via your phone during class time. Students who use their cell phones during class time will be asked to leave. 

Computers/tablets may be used in the classroom only for the purpose of viewing a digital copy of our textbook and/or for note taking and/or if the instructor specifies a particular activity. Students using these devices to surf the internet or to send email will forfeit their right to bring computers/tablets to class.

Multiple offenses will result in loss of class participation points.


Course Description & Requirements


Humanities 101 - The Forms & Ideas - Spring 2015

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.


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.

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 three 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.