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Humanities 105 - Swenson

Humanities 105 - Swenson

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Contact Information


Prof Pat Swenson

Sierra Tower 833

Phone: 818.677.0905

Office Hour: Monday 11:15am-12:15pm

Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

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Course Assignments

Major Assignments

Computer & Phone Policy

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 limited to accessing only course material or if there is a family emergency (notify the instructor prior to the start of class). Cell phones need to be silenced, and, unless used for classroom material, placed in your bag, purse, or pocket. Students who do not adhere to the cell phone policy will be asked to leave the classroom.

Computer and /tablets may be used in the classroom only for the purpose of viewing a digital copy of our textbook, our handouts and syllabus, and/or for note taking. Students using these devices to surf the internet or to send email/text will forfeit their right to bring computers or tablets to class. Multiple offenses will result in loss of class participation points.

Required Materials


THE HUMANISTIC TRADITION, 7TH EDITION, BOOKS 1, 2, & 3 (Looseleaf Pages with 3 holes punched)

Edited by Fiero

(Please note that we have three volumes for this course! Be sure to purchase/rent the correct version and edition of our text book!)

Looseleaf for The Humanistic Tradition, Book 1: The First Civilizations and the Classical Legacy:

ISBN-13: 978-0073376660
ISBN-10: 0073376663


Looseleaf for The Humanistic Tradition, Book 2: Medieval Europe And The World Beyond:

ISBN-13: 978-1259352096
ISBN-10: 1259352099


Looseleaf for The Humanistic Tradition, Book 3: European Renaissance Reformation Global Encounter:

ISBN-13: 978-1259352102
ISBN-10: 1259352102

Course Policies

Attendance & Late Work

Please come to our class room on time and prepared! If you miss 3 days of class, you will earn zero class participation points. This means you will not be able to earn an A. Should you miss more than three weeks of class (excused or unexcused) you will not be allowed to pass the course. 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.


Visit our Final Grade Breakdown webpage for a detailed breakdown of forums and Turnitin posts. Your final grade will be determined as follows:

1. Turnitin Responses to Text Readings: 20%

2. Forum Responses to Textbook Readings: 25%

3. Major Paper #1: "Jesus and Buddha": 20%

4. Major Paper #2: "Art Museum Paper": 20%

5. Class Participation (in-class and online, including attendance): 15%

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

Course Description & Requirements


Humanities 105 - Cultural Eras I

Monday & Wednesday 12:30pm-1:45pm

Jerome Richfield Hall 352

Download the PDF Version of Syllabus/Schedule

Download and print our Weekly Discussion Guides

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 105, 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 105! This is an active participation course that explores the various forms of human expression and thinking from the origin of man to the Protestant Reformation. We will trace the changes in styles from the ancient to the Renaissance in art, music, philosophy, poetry, literature, science, morality, religion, and mythology. You will also learn to successfully navigate the Internet and to engage in asynchronous 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 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 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.


CSUN is actively revamping its Web presence to make the content universally accessible. 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.