Course Syllabus:             Humanities 1130: Arts and Culture I

Credit:                              3 Hours

Location:                          C212

Times and Days:              TR 12:30-1:50

Semester:                          Spring 2012

Instructor:                         Victoria Gay

Office:                                Clement 223

Office Phone:                     (931) 540-2859



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8:30-12:30; 2:00-3:30



8:30-12:30; 2:00-3:30




8:30-12:30; 2:00-3:30




 8:30-12:30; 2:00-3:30






Required Text:


Benton, Janetta Rebold and Robert DiYanni.  Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities.  4th ed. Pearson: New Jersey, 2008.


Course Description:


Humanities 1130 is a survey course on art and culture from Ancient Civilizations up to the

Renaissance with an emphasis on the interaction of architecture, art, culture, literature, and daily life.


Methods of Instruction:


Humanities 1130 relies heavily upon on individual participation within a group setting.  Some lecture may be expected.  Students will discuss literary works and other art forms, take quizzes on assigned materials, and be prepared each class meeting to discuss in large or small groups any assigned materials.


Course Objectives: Students will become familiar with:

* (a) basic arts/culture terminology

* (b) important periods in cultural history

* (c) the experience of the process of the arts

* (d) the experience of debating the arts critically

* (e) critical viewing of the arts

* (f) making successful art/culture projects

Learning Outcomes Identified by the TBR

Students will demonstrate the ability to…

1. Analyze significant primary texts and works of ancient through medieval art as forms of cultural and creative expression.

2. Explain the ways in which humanistic and/or artistic expression throughout the ages expresses the culture and values of its time and place.

3. Explore global/cultural diversity.

4. Frame a comparative context through which they can critically assess the ideas, forces, and values that have created the modern world.

5. Recognize the ways in which both change and continuity have affected human history.

6. Practice the critical and analytical methodologies of the Humanities and/or Fine Arts.





1.                  Student responsibilities:

a.      Attendance is required.

b.      Late work or make-up work if allowed must be completed within the time specified by the instructor and may be subject to penalty.

c.       Contact your instructor if you believe an error has been made in your grade or if you need help with your assignments.

d.      The student is responsible for keeping up with all assignments and for taking adequate notes.

e.      The last day to drop or withdraw from the course is March 27, 2012.

f.    All submitted work other than in-class quizzes and tests must be typed.

g.    Presentation/project due dates dates are firm. A missed presentation is a zero.

h.    All reading assignments are due the date presented on the syllabus.  For example: Read the Starter Kit in preparation for the January 17 class meeting.


2.                  Student Conduct:

a.      Academic Integrity:  Refer to the Student Handbook and to the College Catalog.

b.      Students should behave appropriately in the classroom.  See the Student Handbook and the College Catalog.

c.       Students are expected to be on time for class.

d.      Students must turn off all electronic devices before entering the classroom.


3.         Class attendance is mandatory and monitoring of class attendance is continuous.  You will earn a grade based on your attendance in class. This grade will constitute 10% of your total grade. One tardy will constitute half an absence.  Likewise, one early departure will constitute half an absence.

The schedule is as follows:

      0 absences = a grade of 100

      1 absence  = a grade of 95

      2 absences = a grade of 90

      3 absences = a grade of 85

      4 absences = a grade of 80

      5 absences = a grade of 75

      6 absences = a grade of 20

      7 or more absences = 0



Class attendance/participation                     100

Quizzes (minimum of 8)                                 200

Exams (3)                                                       300

Project  I                                                        200

Project II                                                        200



You will receive a letter grade based upon the following scale: 900-1000=A; 800-899=B; 700-799=C; 600-699=D; 0-599=F


All students receiving financial aid are encouraged to meet with their financial aid representative prior to dropping any courses!          


Disability Services


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students are encouraged to register with the Office of Disability Services for possible assistance with accommodations.  It is the student’s responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially provide appropriate documentation regarding the nature and extent of a disability.  Students requesting special accommodations are encouraged to contact Disability Services (931.540.2857) at the beginning of the semester.


Emergency Procedure:

In case of emergency, students should be familiar with the classroom escape plan.  The plan for this classroom is located next to the door.  Should an emergency arise, students are to follow the directives of the professor.

Tentative Schedule of Assignments:


Week 1


January 12--Introduction to the course

Week 2

January 17--Read the Starter Kit (pp. xxv-xxxv)

January 19--Chapter 1 (pp. 2-16)


Week 3
January 24--Chapter 1 (pp. 17-36)

January 26--Chapter 2 (pp. 38-57)


Week 4

January 31--Chapter 3 (pp. 58-85)

February 2--Film: Antigone

Week 5

February 7--Exam I

February 9--No Class

Week 6
February 14--Chapter 4 (pp. 86-111)
February 16--Chapter 5 (pp. 112-129)


Week 7

February 21--Chapter 5 (pp. 130-141)

February 23--Chapter 6 (pp. 142-159)


Week 8

February 28--Projects I Due

March 1--Project I Due


Week 9

March 6--Spring Break

March 8--Spring Break


Week 10

March 13--Chapter 7 (pp. 160-177)

March 15--Test II


Week 11

March 20--Chapter 8 (pp. 178-193)

March 22--Chapter 9 (pp. 194-207)


Week 12

March 27--Chapter 10 (pp. 208-225)

March 29--Chapter 10 (pp. 226-233)


Week 13

April 3--Chapter 11 (pp. 234-253)

April 5--


Week 14

April 10--

April 12--Chapter 12 (pp. 254-267)


Week 15

April 17--Chapter 12 (pp. 268-285)

April 19--


Week 16

April 24--Project II Due

April 26--Project II Due



Week 17

Final Exam