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Humanities 101 - Swenson

Humanities 101 - Swenson

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Required Materials


1. THE ART OF BEING HUMAN, 10th EDITION by Janaro & Altshuler

2. THE FOUR AGREEMENTS by Don Miguel Ruiz


translated by Stephen Mitchell


2001 Peter Jackson Film

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

(Do Not Watch the "What the Bleep - Down the Rabbit Hole" Version!!!)

Course Policies


Visit our Final Grade Breakdown webpage for a detailed breakdown of forums and Turnitin posts. This page serves as our Student-Teacher contract. Please be sure you understand the grading breakdown so there are no "surprises" at the end of the semester.

Your final grade will be determined as follows:

1. Response to Text Readings: 35%

2. Art Analysis Paper: 20%

3. LOTR Film Analysis: 15%

4. Four Agreements Analysis: 15%

5. What the Bleep Analysis: 15%

Late Work

Please post your responses by the due dates in our schedule. Since this online class is "time arranged" you may post your work early, but remember to re-visit the whole-class forums to read/respond to your peers. Late papers and forum posts can be turned in one week late, but you cannot earn higher than a C for a late paper/post. Work posted more than one week after the due date will not be accepted.

Carefully read each homework assignment. For text assignments, you will be required to respond in whole-class Moodle forums. For our "major" assignments (Art Paper, LOTR, Four Agreements, Bleep), you will be asked to post in a forum and post a major paper via our Turnitin links on our Moodle page.

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 Turnitin assignment.

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

Course Description & Requirements


Humanities 101OL - The Forms & Ideas

Online - Time Arranged

Download the PDF Version of Syllabus/Grade Contract

Download the PDF Version of our Online Lectures & Readings

Download the PDF Version of our Major Assignments

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 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 (forum) discussions.

Course Requirements

Welcome to Humanities 101OL! 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 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 several major assignments via our Turnitin links on our Moodle course page. 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, prior to our first meeting.


It is the policy of the CSU to make information technology resources and services accessible to all CSU students, faculty, staff and the general public regardless of disability. The California State University System is undertaking an unprecedented and coordinated effort to bring the CSU into compliance with federal and state laws pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.

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

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.