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Contact Information


Prof Nancy A. Taylor

Sierra Tower 812

Phone: 818.677.3410

Office Hours: Tuesdays: 11:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.

Campus Email: nancy.taylor@csun.edu

ProfNancy's Main Page

Course Links

Course Assignments

3 Major Assignments (1 listed; 2 TBD)
(post on Turnitin!!!)

On Campus Art Links

Required Materials



Henry M. Sayre

Course Policies

Attendance & Late Work

Please come to our class room on time and prepared! Every absence will lower your overall grade. Should you miss more than three class meetings (excused or unexcused) you will not receive any credit for class participation. Late papers and forum posts will NOT BE ACCEPTED.


Your final grade will be determined as follows:

1. Response to Textbook Readings: 30%

2. Art Analysis Paper: 20%

3. Essay #2: 20%

4. Essay #3: 20%

5. Class Participation (in-class and online): 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 page.

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 106 - Cultural Eras II - Fall 2014

Course Number: 13486

Tuesdays/Thursdays 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Jerome Richfield Hall 202

Course Prerequisites:

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

Enrollment Procedures

CSUN regularly enrolled students register for online courses in the same manner as they register for any course. If you wish to add the course after the semester begins, you must email the course Professor for a permission number.

Student Learning Objectives

At the completion of Humanities 106, 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 106! This is an active participation course that explores the various forms of human expression and thinking from the 16th century to the present. We will trace the changes in styles from the baroque to the postmodern in art, music, philosophy, poetry, literature, science, morality, religion, and mythology. You will also learn to engage in asynchronous (bulletin board/blog) discussions in our online Moodle forums.

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 several major assignments on Turnitin. 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, Google Chrome, 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 IT for Students site for information on technical requirements and applications. CSUN also provides information on computer resources and availability. Please be familiar with CSUN's online applications, particularly Moodle.


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