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HUM 111 World CulturesPart I
Professor Anthony D’Ascoli
Strayer University
HUM 111 World Cultures Part I
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OFFICE HOURS: 4-6 PM day of class; other
hours can be arranged via appointment.
Syllabus and Important papers for class work
can all be found at in our course
HUM 111 World Cultures Part I
REQUIRED TEXT: Cunningham, L., & Reich, J. (2010).
Culture and values: A survey of the humanities, Vol. I,
with readings (7th ed.). Boston: Wadsworth/Cengage;
and accompanying CD
(2012). Vatolandia.
CREDITS: 4.5 Credit Hours
TIMES: 6-10 PM day of class
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Studies civilizations and
cultures such as ancient Egypt, Crete, Greece, and
Rome which have given root to Western culture.
Analyzes the artistic, intellectual, religious, political, and
socioeconomic aspects of each culture and traces their
development in World Cultures Part I.
Learning Outcomes
Recognize various qualities of visual art and literature to enhance our appreciation and understanding of
works that have contributed to the development of Western culture.
Identify and describe key developments, styles, people, and works in sculpture, painting, architecture,
and other visual arts within the major cultures and religions of ancient and medieval history.
Describe the early developments and beliefs of the major religions of the world.
Identify and describe key ancient developments in political practices, social organization, philosophy,
science, and technology that have influenced Western culture.
Identify and describe key literary works, literary styles, thinkers, and writers, and recognize literary
borrowings and repeated themes & motifs from Gilgamesh and the Bible through Dante’s Divine
Discuss works of literature, drama, art, architecture, and music in the context of their styles and their
historical periods and cultures, while distinguishing the styles from each other and using terminology
appropriate for each field.
Cite examples of significant contributions of women, non-European cultures, and lesser-known groups to
Western and global culture from pre-history to the 1300s CE.
Describe the relationship between individual artistic expressions and the cultural, social, political, and
historical forces which give rise to these expressions.
Examine how key contributions in literature, philosophy, religion, science, politics, and art have
contributed to historical changes from ancient times to the late Middle Ages.
Develop a global perspective through an appreciation of the historical, cultural, political, and economic
forces that affect individual countries, regions, and the global community.
Evaluate and appreciate the diversity of opinions and perspectives about religions, philosophies, social
and political systems, all kinds of art, literature, and drama, and creatively write and exchange ideas on
developments in these fields.
Utilize critical thinking skills to evaluate sources and write effectively on ancient and medieval cultural
developments, and cite sources in proper APA form.
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COURSE REQUIREMENTS: (What you need to do to
Attendance: Crucial part of your grade and performance
in this class
Class discussions and lectures will contain over 80% of
what will be covered on tests, quizzes, etc.
Discussion = Participation
Attendance will effect your participation grade
1 absence is free
Additional absences will affect your grade downwards
Individual emergencies, etc, will be determined on a 1 to
1 basis (plan on bringing proof)
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Tardies: Habitual lateness (3 or more) will also effect
your participation grade negatively.
Again, individual emergencies, pre-arranged
appointments, etc. will be determined on a 1 to 1 basis.
If lateness becomes an issue with several students I will
change this policy to one of zero tolerance and will not
allow students to enter late at all and therefore miss an
entire class session
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It is expected that you will complete any and all reading
assignments prior their discussion in class.
Questions on the readings and during discussions are
encouraged, there is no such thing as a stupid question
Exams: There will be a midterm on the ½ way point
(Week 5) and a final on the last week (Week 11). The
midterm and most of the final will be on material covered
in class, yet another reason not to miss.
Discussion Board: There is a weekly discussion board
that can be done online from your home, although we
can continue to discuss it in class. You must post a
minimum of 3x per week. 1 Post as your original
response to the question(s) given that week and 2
additional responses to your fellow classmates in order
to get full credit.
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PAPERS: There will be 3 writing
assignments that will be assigned early in
the course so that you can begin on them
sooner rather than later.
Paper 1: Due week 4 – Essay Paper
Paper 2: Due Week 8 – Project Paper
Paper 3: Due Week 10 – Performance
Drops an entire grade each week its late
Paper 1 Essay
Topic Choices:
There have been many theories regarding how the pyramids at Giza were constructed. Most experts agree that
they were constructed as burial monuments for pharaohs, but “how” these ancient people constructed monuments
of such great size without modern machinery is a mystery which is still being debated.
No one can say for certain what happened to the Mayan people, but theories abound and include varied possible
alternatives to explain the abrupt and mysterious disappearance of the Mayan civilization.
It is believed that Queen Hatshepsut dressed as a man to gain support of the Egyptians. After her death, her
successor removed as many remnants of her rule as possible. Although a pharaoh, her mummified remains and
tomb have never been conclusively found.
Tutankhamen died young, at around 18 years of age. However, his cause of death has not been confirmed. Did he
die of an injury, of illness, or was he murdered?
Considered the “Mummy’s Curse,” a series of unexplainable, unfortunate, or tragic events that happened to the
people who were present at the opening of Tutankhamen’s tomb.
The monumental size and complexity of the Tomb of Shihuangdi is astounding. It is believed that the workers were
forced to remain inside the tomb when it was walled shut so they would not reveal the secrets of its construction.
What was the emperor’s purpose for such an elaborate burial place?
Other topic choice recommended and approved by the professor and supported by the grading rubric
Write a 3-4 paragraph paper in which you:
Clearly state the “mystery” and provide a brief summary of at least two (2) theories which could explain the
mystery. Because some theories may sound far-fetched, include the source or promoter of each theory – such as
a scientist, a historian, a theologian, etc.
Identify one (1) of the theories and provide at least two (2) convincing reasons why the theory you have chosen is
the best one to explain the mystery.
Use at least two (2) sources besides the textbook.
Paper 2 – Project Paper
Topic choices (pick 1):
Self-Portraits. Journal. The Renaissance artists Titian, Rembrandt, and Durer have each painted self-portraits.
Imagine yourself as one of these artists (or another artist of your choice that has painted a self-portrait) and write a
journal expressing your thoughts on “your” art (in other words, the journal entries the artist would probably write.)
(1) Explain “your” primary reason for painting a self-portrait. (2) Describe “your” artistic choices in composition: use
of color, space, etc. (3) Explain what the portrait represents about “you” (as the artist.) (4) Explain “your” choices
of subject with regard to at least three other specific pieces “you” have painted.
Ladies & Gentlemen. Survey & Report. Some may believe that being “gentleman” or a “lady” in today’s society is
an outdated notion, but others may disagree. (1) Briefly summarize the main characteristics of a well-rounded
person, “l’u omo universal,” referring to specific sections within the excerpt from The Courtier which identifies
these characteristics. (2) Create a “survey” based on the identified characteristics and “ poll” at least ten people to
find out whether or not the characteristics are relevant for a “gentleman” or “lady” of today. (3) Tabulate and
discuss the responses in terms of gender, age, vocation, etc. of your survey participants, making note of any
interesting or surprising results which show up in your poll answers. (4) Finally, explain whether or not you agree
with the characteristics expressed by Castiglione in The Courtier.
BayeuxTapestry Experience. Letter. Imagine yourself as one of the figures in the battle depicted in the Bayeux
Tapestry; in a letter home, you describe your experience to your family. (1) Write a first-person account of this
historical event from the perspective of one of the figures in tapestry. (2) Use your senses to describe your
impression of the event. (3) Describe specific elements of the scene such as uniforms, weaponry, fighting styles,
etc. (4) Explain why you believe your side was justified in participating in the battle and how you would like the
battle to be remembered.
Ancient Chinese Contributions. Essay. To win a trip to China, you enter a contest to determine the four most
useful contributions or inventions created by the ancient Chinese. (1) Identify eight to ten of these useful
inventions or contributions. (2) Nominate four that you believe are the most ingenious or innovative. (3) Explain
why you believe these four inventions or contributions are the most useful inventions or contributions from the
ancient Chinese. (4) Identify one invention or contribution that you cannot live without and explain why.
Other topic choice recommended and approved by the professor and supported by the grading rubric.
Paper 2 continued
Project Paper
The Project Paper focuses on a suggested topic related to art, architecture, history, music, or literature. The
project will reflect your views and interpretation of the topic. This project is designed to help you stretch your mind
and your abilities to be the creative, innovative, and critical thinker you already are!
Choose one (1) of the topics from the list of topic choices below. Read the topic carefully. Write a three to four (34) page paper (750-1,000 words) that responds to each of the items described in the topic.
Note: Submit your topic choice to the instructor for approval before the end of Week 2.
For the topic you choose:
Support your ideas with specific, illustrative examples. If there are questions or points associated with your chosen
topic, be sure to answer all of the listed questions and address all of the items in that topic. If your topic requires
you to do several things related to the topic, be sure to do each of the things listed.
While some of the topics tend to lend themselves toward particular writing genres, you are not restricted to the
specific format suggested for the individual topic. For example, you may do an “interview,” a “proposal,” a “letter,”
a “short story,” a “blog,” an “essay,” an “article,” or any other written genre for almost any of the topics. The project
is intended to be fun as well as informative, so feel free to be creative with the delivery of your information.
Use at least two (2) sources besides the textbook, which counts as one (1) source.
Paper 3
Cultural Event Report
As a way of experiencing the Humanities beyond your classroom, computer, and textbook, you are asked to attend a “cultural event” and report on your
Visit a museum or gallery exhibition or attend a theater, dance, or musical performance before the end of Week 10.
Write a two to three (2-3) page report (500-750 words) that describes your experience.
Clearly identify the event location, date attended, the attendees, and your initial reaction upon arriving at the event.
Provide specific information and a description of at least two (2) pieces.
Provide a summary of the event and describe your overall reaction after attending the event.
Note: Submit your cultural event choice to the instructor for approval before the end of Week 5.
Visiting a Museum
It makes sense to approach a museum the way a seasoned traveler approaches visiting a city for the first time. Find out what there is available to see. In
the museum, find out what sort of exhibitions are currently housed in the museum and start with the exhibits that interest you.
If there is a travelling exhibition, it’s always a good idea to see it while you have the chance. Then, if you have time, you can look at other things in the
Make notes as you go through the museum and accept any handouts or pamphlets that the museum staff gives you. While you should not quote
anything from the printed material when you do your report, the handouts may help to refresh your memory later.
The quality of your experience is not measured by the amount of time you spend in the galleries or the number of works of art that you actually see. The
most rewarding experiences can come from finding one or two (1 or 2) pieces of art or exhibits which intrigue you and then considering those works in
leisurely contemplation. Most museums even have benches where you can sit and study a particular piece.
If you are having a difficult time deciding which pieces to write about, ask yourself these questions: (1) If the museum you are visiting suddenly caught
fire, which two (2) pieces of art or exhibits would you most want to see saved from the fire? (2) Why would you choose those two (2) particular pieces?
Attending a Performance
Check your local colleges to see if there are any free or low-cost performances or student recitals. Student performances are generally of almost the
same quality as professional performances, but typically cost much less.
Unlike visiting a museum, where you can wear almost anything, people attending performances are often expected to “dress up” a bit.
Take a pen or pencil with you and accept the program you are offered by the usher; you will probably want to make notes on it during or after the
Turn off your cell phone before entering the auditorium. Do not use your phone to record the music or to take pictures or videos. To play it safe, turn the
phone off.
Most long musical performances have at least one (1) intermission. If the lights start blinking, it is a sign that the performance is about to begin.
Look for very specific things (such as a particular piece of music or the way certain instruments sounded at a specific time) which tend to stand out as
either enjoyable or not enjoyable. Be sure to make notes of the things which you find enjoyable as well as the things which are not enjoyable.
Optional Papers
These can be chosen instead of the 3
assigned by Blackboard and can be done
in any order or in any combination
They can be found at under the HUM
papers tab
Humanities and The Arts
Helpful Hints
All papers must be 100% your own work!!
Paper 1 – Art Analysis (due Week 4)
Choose only a work of art that really effects you (i.e. that
you really like or really hate). It will make the writing
process significantly easier if you have strong feelings
one way or the other.
Make sure you include all parts to get full credit
Place your name somewhere on your paper, staple it
together. (I do not have a stapler)
Focus on parts 3 and 6 as that is where I will get 80% of
your grade
Humanities and The Arts
Paper 2 – Concert Review (due week 8 )
Do not wait until the last minute to do this paper – there
may be no events to attend or they may be all sold out
It must be from the following styles/genres only :
Broadway Musical; Jazz performance (even a live
performance a t a club); Classical concert; Opera, Ballet,
Flamenco show (not at a restaurant)
No pop, rap, hip hop, raggaeton, salsa, bachata,
merengue, rock or metal shows will count
Focus on part 2 as I will include that at 75% of the grade
for this paper
Van Dyke’s on Lincoln road has nightly jazz shows for
under 20.00 – 5.00 tickets for students
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Paper 3: Film as Art (due week 10) –
Choose wisely
Do NOT write a movie review
Do NOT write a movie review
Do NOT write a movie review
Do write about the film as a work of art
You should be writing about the colors (or lack of) used in the
You should be writing about why certain camera angles and speeds
are being used
You should be writing about the scenery, setting and costumes
You should be writing about the use of music to aid in setting the
You should be writing about the special effects as art
You should be writing about the use of the language, speeches, etc.
Watch the film at least 2x – the first time just to enjoy – 2nd time to
take notes
You can watch them together with fellow classmates – just do not
turn in the same papers
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APA Format
12” font
Typed, Double Spaced
Title page – no fancy paper, no folders
Just stapled together on white 8 ½ x 11 regular paper
1” margins all around
All original – all your own work
Use proper citations
Unless you were born with the information you are writing about – it
should be cited
Plagiarism will NOT be tolerated – You will get caught and you will
get an F for the entire course – not just the assignment
I will not fail anyone for poor quality English, poor grammar or poor
sentence structure so write it yourself
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Do all reading assignments on time – be ready to
discuss, ask questions and cover them in class
Bring a notebook and writing utensils
A dictionary and a highlighter are good to have as new
terms and their usage will appear in your exercises,
homework and on tests/quizzes
Do not plagiarize – you run the risk of failing the entire
course and being expelled form school (cut & paste, etc)
Come to class ready to participate and ready to have fun
Do not speak over others – their ideas are as important
as yours even if you don’t agree with them
Class Policies:
Cell phones on silent or vibrate only
If it is an important call – please leave the classroom and
answer it
You do not need to ask to leave class for bathroom,
drink, emergency, etc. just leave as quietly as possible
and re-enter the same way – you will, of course, be
responsible for what you missed
Please remember to turn in all tests, quizzes, papers,
journals, etc with your name on them so you can get
proper credit
Turn in assignments on time. Late assignments are
unacceptable. Additionally, the discussions will close
Sunday nights at 11 PM and will not be made available
after the due date.
I want everyone to get an A – I will do my best to make
this as fun as possible – so laugh at my terrible jokes
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Discussion/class participation – 15%
Midterm – 20%
Comprehensive Final Exam – 20%
Paper 1 - Art – 15%
Paper 2 – Culture – 15%
Discussion Boards– 15%
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Grading Scale
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Week 1 – Introduction and Chap 1 –
Prehistory, Ancient Near East, Egypt,
Crete (Discussions each week)
Week 2 – Chap 2 and 3 – Classical and
Hellenistic Greece
Week 3 – Chap 4 – Etruscans and Rome
Week 4 – Chap 5 – India, Japan, China,
SE Asia – Paper 1 Due
Week 5 – Midterm Exam
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Week 6 – Chap 6 and 7 – Biblical
Tradition, Judaism, Christianity and
Byzantium (weekly discussions cont.)
Week 7 – Chap 8 – Islam, the Americas
Week 8 – Chap 9 – Early Middle Ages –
Paper 2 due
Week 9 – Chap 10 – High Middle Ages
Week 10 – Chap 11 – 14th century – Paper
3 due
Week 11 – Final Exam