Humanities 101/SECT 005: Cultural Traditions Tuesday, Thursday - 2:00 – 3:20 Room: W4-03 CRN: 11718 Professor Office Lakshmi Gudipati BR-6 E-mail: [email protected] Phone # 751-8665 Office hours TR 12:30-1:30 & MWF 1:00 -2:00 An Important Note: You are expected to have login ID with a password to access and use your ccp.edu address as a student of this course. Doing so will allow you to check your ccp.edu email and the Course Page on a regular basis for group messages, assignments or other correspondence that I might post. Ensure that you have access to a computer with an internet facility and the basic knowledge to open and post messages. Even if you have other e-mail addresses, the preferred e-mail for the purpose of the course is your ccp.edu Email address. Textbooks: 1. Longman Anthology of World Literatures, 2nd Edition Publisher: Longman Pearson ISBN 0321233972 Course Catalogue Description Interdisciplinary study of the humanities, from the ancient world to the Renaissance [Early Modern Era] including literature, philosophy, music, art and history. Crucial themes of continuing importance, such as justice, the hero and the concept of the self will be examined in both Western and non-western cultures. Courses will emphasize oral and written analysis of primary works. Upon completion of this course students will be able to: Analyze primary texts to demonstrate how they reflect the social, political and/or cultural context that produced them from ancient times to the Renaissance Explain similarities and differences between aesthetic, political and/or social values as they developed in Western culture and that of a selected non-Western society Discuss the role of the humanities in shaping society Reading and Assignment Schedule The syllabus below is divided into topical or thematic units of study. Each unit covers a certain historical and/or cultural period and often from a comparative perspective. The items in the syllabus are subject to change relative to the time we spend on each unit. Hence, it is imperative that you follow the changes that are announced in the course as we commence the semester. How best to handle the course of study? Each unit includes introductory lecture/s, in-class discussions, in-class or at-home written responses or project-based assignments. Study of each unit culminates in either an exam or a Paper. Taking careful notes in class from lectures, participating earnestly in discussions, regular attendance and homework submission will enable you to reach your highest potential. Often, homework assignments are announced at the end of a class period upon considering what remains to be done after class work. Therefore, it is imperative that you pay close attention to the announcements and write them down instead of rushing out at the end of the class. Note: Attendance and participation in in-class activities, timely completion of homework assignments covers 20% of your final grade Unit –1: Weeks 1- 3 Topic: Antiquity – myths, wisdom texts and material artifacts of ancient civilizations Theme: Exploring the building –blocks of civilization In this unit we will study creation myths and religious hymns from diverse cultural traditions that arose in the ancient world, Mesopotamia, Africa, Mesoamerica, and India. The focus is on discovering the common concerns that these early humans shared about their seen and unseen worlds and their imaginative responses to their survival and larger than life quests. We will study the symbolic, and allegorical representation of their imagined and felt visions of the creation of the cosmos and the pace of God/gods on the universe, its origins, evolution and the place of its many creatures, spanning from gods to animals within the cosmic scheme. We will also study the artifactual evidence discovered by archeologists for the light they shed on the life styles and concerns of the ancient societies. Week 1 - 3 JAN 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 FEB 2 Activities and Assignment: In-class group analysis and discussion, written responses to assigned questions (part of the 20% of the final grade for class participation, and homework) Topic: A study of the building blocks of civilization: A Case Study of Mesopotamian and Indus Valley Civilization Readings: primary and secondary sources from archeological artifacts-- online materials posted on the Course Homepage Myths from across cultures: A study of the roots of cultural imagination, religion, and values, Texts TBA from Longman Anthology Activities and Assignments: study of maps and cultural artifacts to isolate and analyze the purpose and function of civilizational institutions such as religion, government, and rituals (part of the 20% of the final grade for class participation, and homework) Take-Home Exam (10% of the final grade) In-class analysis exam on Myths ON FEB 2 Unit – 2 Epic Age Weeks 4 – 6 DUE on FEB 2 FEB 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 Themes for Exploration: A study of the elements of a cultural or national hero; the; sagas of expansion, occupation and warrior codes; ethics of duty and honor Texts: The Iliad & Ramayana Epics may be defined as literary texts that narrate the foundation stories of cultures and larger than life responses to eternal human quests and conflicts. Generally, epic sagas recount the stories of cultural or civilizational development as a particular society progresses from its initial settlement as communities and political power groups towards the building of empires. Many of the epics that are available in the present day also reveal to us how the earlier age’s myths and religious rituals come to be established as institutionally sanctioned cultural practices. We will be studying selections from the two epics, Iliad and Ramayana to derive an understanding of how the above elements operated in their respective societies. Finally, we will also study how the two epics shaped or questioned the cultural ideals and practices of archaic Greece and India, respectively. Week 4 – FEB 7 & 9 Reading: The Iliad Activities: in-class discussions, quizzes, homework assignments (part of the 20% of the final grade for class participation, and homework) Week 5 – FEB 16 & 21 Reading: Ramayana Activities: in-class discussions, quizzes, homework assignments (part of the 20% of the final grade for class participation, and homework) Week 6 – FEB 23 Comparative analysis and interpretation Receive Essay Assignment: Compare and contrast analysis essay (5 pages) (10% of the final grade) DUE on FEB 28 Unit 3 Classical Age – Philosophy, Religion, and Politics Week 7 Week 7 — FEB 28 Topic: Explorations of the metaphysical Reality in Greece and Classical India Readings: excerpts from Plato and Aristotle (Greece), Bhagavad-Gita & Jain and Buddhist texts (India) Activities: class and homework assignments (part of the 20% of the final grade for class participation, and homework) Week 7 MAR 1 Topic: Philosophical explorations of the ethical mandates for the individual and society Readings: “Crito” from the Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues Activities: Class and Home work, quizzes (part of the 20% of the final grade for class participation, and homework) Receive Take-Home Assignment DUE on March 13 SPRING BREAK Unit 4 MAR 5- 10 Classical Age- Drama and Poetry Weeks 8 & 9 MAR 13, 15, 20, 22 Topic: The Poetics of classical drama Texts: Medea, Sakuntala Assignment: class work, homework (part of the 20% of the final grade for class participation, and homework) End of the Unit assessment: Essay (10 % of the final grade) DUE on 27 Week 10 MAR 27 & 29 Topic: Study of the Art and Architecture of Greece and India Homework: Art analysis End of the Unit Assessment: On-line presentation on an art or architectural piece (10% of the final grade) Unit 5 Weeks 11 & 12 APR 3 & 5; 10 & 12 Middle Ages: Medieval developments in politics, religion and the arts in the Arab World Texts: Persian and Arabic cultures: pre-Islamic odes, Ghazal, scriptures from Koran, Travel writing Tales from Thousand and One Nights, Islamic art and Architecture Assignments: homework and class work (part of the 20% of the final grade for class participation, and homework) End of the Unit Assessment: Take-Home Exam (10% of the final grade), Due on or before NOV 30 Week 13 High Middle Ages Europe APR 17 & 19 Readings: Development of Catholicism, Crusades, Decameron, Canterbury Tales Assignments: In-class quiz, and text analyses assignments (part of the 20% of the final grade for class participation, and homework) Take-home essay on Canterbury Tales DUE on APR 23 (10 % of the final grade) Unit 6 Renaissance & Early Modern Europe Weeks 14 & 15 APR 24, 26 & 30 Topic: Beginnings of modernity in Western Europe and its global reach (Lectures posted on the Course Homepage) Readings: Primary and Secondary Source texts, Select literary texts Assignment: Text analyses assignments and journals (part of the 20% of the final grade for class participation, and homework) Last Class Day: APRIL 30 Final Exam: TBA Course Overview Welcome to Humanities101. In this course, you will analyze and study the religious, artistic and intellectual developments across the major world civilizations from the beginnings of recorded history (ancient times) to early modern developments in Europe. You will study materials from the fields of history, philosophy, literature, and art. The course is divided into four major units of study: antiquity, classical civilizations, middle ages and the early modern age. We will examine crucial themes of continued importance such as the origins and development of art, religion, science, and politics. We will be examining these themes from a cross-cultural perspective spanning both western and non-western cultures. Course Goals The process of study involves analysis and interpretation of primary texts (texts that were contemporary to the time period of our study). Below are the main interpretive questions we will be exploring in our study of the primary texts, be they literary texts, art or historical/scientific/philosophical texts: What are the hallmarks of civilization? What are myths? What function did they serve in earlier cultures? What was the basis of religious faith? What roles did religion play in earlier cultures? What was the nature of scientific thought in the ancient times? What were the major human needs that shaped the nature of scientific thought? What role did art (story-telling, music, painting, and dance) play in the early cultures? What values determined the social structure of these societies? What forces generally seemed to shape the individual conduct? What seem to be the markers that scholars use to divide one age of history from the other? What are the features that distinguish modern age from its predecessor cultures? Whereas the above questions will be used to frame the thematic discussion of each period, individual texts and topics will be used as case-studies. analysis and interpretation of texts will be done primarily within their own cultural, historical, and social contexts, and where appropriate certain themes will be interpreted for their universal validity; in the analysis of a given text, a combination of relevant and standard disciplinary principles of evaluation and interpretation will be employed to avoid fallacies such as overgeneralization and interpreter bias. Course Objectives As analysis and interpretation are the two main goals of the course, you will be guided through and assessed on the following objectives: reading response journals focused on specific issues, explain specific passages with reference to context (cultural, political, artistic and/or intellectual context, productive participation in group activities, and critically and academically appropriate responses to assignments Independent analysis and interpretation of texts. Assessment and Evaluation You will be reading many primary and some secondary texts and demonstrate your interpretation and analysis of the texts through several written and oral responses. The bulk of your critical thinking will be elicited in class discussions and inquiry journals, written essays and exams. Mostly, you will be assigned specific topics or questions to engage in these activities. Therefore, reading the assigned texts prior to class discussion is of utmost importance for doing well in this course. Grading Your performance on all of the activities will be graded you will find the grade allocation in the syllabus and here: class work, homework and attendance—200 points Unit 1: exam---100 Unit 2: paper—100 Unit 3: exam--100 Unit 4: paper—100 Unit 5: 2 papers--200 Unit 5: Exam—100 Final Exam: 100 Do not throw away the work you do, whether it is in-class exercise or the draft for the term-paper. You will receive a point score on the exams and papers, and check marks (check plus (9-10), check (8), Check – (7) and zero for work not done on the minor assignments. You will be informed of the quality of your performance and the grades at the intervals of 4 weeks each. Below are the minimal requirements you need to meet to receive your grades. Homework assignments must be turned in on the day they are due. Class participation, contribution to class discussions and productive contribution to collaborative group work is a requirement. (Appropriate academic conversation is central to this course, and your cooperation to the fullest in the endeavor will allow you to reach your full academic potential.) Regular attendance and finishing missed work (for valid reasons such as sickness and emergencies) in a timely manner counts for part of your final grade. You may earn one of the following grades on your papers determined by the quality of your work. The grading scale is as follows: A 100 -90, B 89 -80, C 79 -70, D 69 - 60, and F below 60. A, B, C are acceptable grades for students who intend to go to a four year college and get a Bachelors in the near future. “D” is a passing grade but is not transferable to any other institution. Below you will find the qualities that define each grade. “A” – An “A” grade work, first and foremost, clearly demonstrates the student’s critical acumen and originality of interpretation. It reflects comprehensively developed and accurately presented content with a clear and focused thesis, and the written work has very few grammatical and syntactic errors. It also addresses all the elements included, both directly and indirectly, in the assignment. “B” – Response incorporates the critical concepts articulated in lectures and class discussions, written work reflects comprehensively developed and accurately presented content with a clear and focused thesis with a few grammatical or usage errors, and fulfills major elements included in the assignment. “C” – Work reflects an attempt to develop a comprehensive response but falls short for lack of in-depth reading and/or interpretation of sources. The response is developed an unevenly, and indicates an awareness of basic conventions of academic writing – has structure and voice but makes use of simple syntax and informal language. Students who do not master basic sentence skills cannot expect more than “C”. “D” – Responses lack a clear and focused thesis, do not reflect an appropriate use and/or interpretation of sources, various parts of the paper are underdeveloped, and reflect simple syntax and informal language and has several basic grammar and usage errors. A grade of D is acceptable for CCP graduation, but “F “– A paper will earn a grade of “F” if the score is below 60 points, irregular participation, and/or if the instructor suspects plagiarism and/or cheating by the student on any assignment. Plagiarism and Cheating Plagiarism is when students copy passages and chunks of text from published or unpublished texts and use them in their own essay without citation or acknowledgement. Often this problem occurs when students are not careful with their presentation of source information. The best way to avoid this from happening is learning the techniques of paraphrasing, quoting and summarizing well and meticulously following the citation conventions. Cheating, needless to say, is when you have someone else write your paper or do your research and attempt to pass it as if it is your own. Your instructor becomes quite familiar with your style and technique of writing early in the semester and it will be very easy to spot any act of cheating. Once it is determined that you have cheated, severe academic penalties will be imposed as per college policies. Please refrain from any such attempts and do not defeat your purpose, to learn. Outside class study requirements and sources of additional assistance As you may see, this course is reading intensive and expects you to be able to read and understand academic texts independently. Expect to spend at least four hours outside class time for every classroom hour to meet the reading requirements. In addition, you will be spending at least an hour a day doing assigned homework. Your instructor is available during her office hours to clarify your doubts, and please avail yourself of that opportunity. There is also a writing lab, which is a good source of seeking help with writing papers. Individual and small group tutoring is available for you free of charge in the Learning Lab. The tutors can help you with a wide range of tasks such as idea-generation and planning, and revision. Classroom Behavior 1. You must be alert in class, stay on task and collaborate productively with your team members while doing group work. 2. Do not engage in distracting and unruly behaviors such as walking around or in and out of the class room, chewing gum or eating food, drinking soda or coffee, talking privately to other students in the class, reading newspaper or other unrelated material, doing homework assigned for other courses, etc. 3. Treat other students and your professor with respect and earn the same; in other words, do not make derisive comments, engage in provocative acts, or ignore other people’s needs. You will be asked to walk out of the class and then be removed from the course if you engage in physical or linguistic behavior that is perceived as a threat, harassment or a humiliation to other students or the instructor. 4. Keep your beepers and cell phones turned off during the class. If there is an emergency, you must inform me of your need to keep the communication line open for that class period. 5. Do not bring guests and children into the classroom. Exceptions might be made when the instructor perceives a valid reason. Attendance requirements 1. Class attendance is required. If you are absent for an equivalent of 2 weeks/6 hours with or without valid reasons, you may be dropped from the course as per college policy. 2. If you know ahead of the time, you will not be in class, call and let your instructor know, and make arrangements with a classmate to get homework. 3. If your are absent for more then three class hours and get behind in your work or turn in papers late, your grade on those assignments will be reduced by one letter grade. 4. Habitual tardiness or leaving class early will be counted to calculate the allowed number of absences. 5. You must attend all scheduled conferences. Remember conferences are in place of class meeting but not optional. Absence for these sessions will be the same as being absent for class meeting. 6. You must attend an appointment that we make and if for some reason are unable to keep it, you must call and leave a message on the professor’s voice mail. Note: If you exceed the allowed number of days of absence (2) after the official deadline to withdraw from classes, which is November 23, your final grade will be an “F”. Make sure you get in touch with the instructor in the event of an unavoidable problem and discuss the withdrawal option to avoid the “F” grade. Special Needs Students If there are students who need special accommodation due to any kind of disability, you must inform the instructor during the first week of class. If a previously non-existent or undiagnosed disability arises during the course of the semester, you must notify the instructor immediately to qualify for special accommodation. Other housekeeping matters You are expected to check your ‘myccp” course website on a regular basis for group messages, assignments or other correspondence that I might post. For this reason, you need to have access to a computer with an internet facility and the basic knowledge to open and post messages. Even if you have other e-mail addresses, the preferred e-mail for the purpose of the course is your ccp e-mail address. School closing announcements on account of inclement weather: Listen to KYW 1060 for school closing announcements. Our school code is #238 I hold regular office hours at the times listed on page 1 of this packet. If you intend to see me during those hours, you may come by my office. If you anticipate spending more than ten minutes on a question or problem, I suggest you make an appointment with me ahead of the time. PLEASE KEEP THIS DOCUMENT IN YOUR FOLDER AND CONSULT IT FOR COURSE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Wish you a productive and enjoyable learning experience in this course. Good-Luck!