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Humanities 106 - Swenson

Humanities 106 - Swenson

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Prof Pat Swenson

Sierra Tower 812

Phone: 818.677.3410

Office Hours: Tuesday 12:30pm-1:30pm

Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

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Course Policies

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. 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.

Attendance & Late Work

Please come to our class room on time and prepared! Every absence will lower your overall grade. 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. 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. Turnitin Responses to Textbook Readings: 25%

2. Forum Responses to Textbook Readings: 20%

3. Art Analysis Paper: 20%

4. Harry Potter "The Sorcerer's Stone" Film Analysis: 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 PRIOR to our in-person class time. You will receive a letter grade for each assignment posted on our Turnitin page.

Course Description & Requirements


Humanities 106 - Cultural Eras II - Spring 2015

Course Number: 13459

Tuesday & Thursday 11am-12:15pm

Sierra Hall 106

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Course Prerequisites:

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

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 successfully navigate the Internet and to engage in online discussions in our 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 assignments via our Turnitin links on 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, 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.