Introduction to the Humanities I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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HUMA-1301-DC001 Introduction to the Humanities I


Course Description

This stand-alone course is an interdisciplinary survey of cultures focusing on the philosophical and aesthetic factors in human values with an emphasis on the historical development of the individual and society and the need to create.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

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TEXTBOOK:   Reality Through the Arts, by Dennis Sporre(Pearson, Prentice Hall) Eighth Edition there are a few books on reserve at the AC Library, Washington Campus. The books can only be used at the library and cannot be checked out. Books are available for purchase, rental at Amarillo College Bookstore and also available in ebook through online sources. The textbook is required.


COURSE MATERIALS: Textbook, dictionary, pens, pencils, notebook paper or notebook for note taking, access to a computer to complete assignments and review class material.

Student Performance

HUMA 1301 Introduction to Humanities I This stand-alone course is an interdisciplinary survey of cultures focusing on the philosophical and aesthetic factors in human values with an emphasis on the historical development of the individual and society and the need to create.

Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

1. Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
2. Articulate how these works express the values of the individual and society within an historical and social context.
3. Articulate an informed personal response and critically analyze works in the arts and humanities.
4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the influence of literature, philosophy, and the arts on cultural experiences.
5. Demonstrate an awareness of the creative process and why humans create.

Policy Concerning Sensitive Subject Matter: In the college experience, students encounter diverse views and new subject matter, which expand their knowledge and perspective.  In all Humanities or Philosophy courses, we might observe, read and discuss some works with subject matter that could include (but not be limited to) death, violence, sexuality, race, potentially offensive language, and political or religious viewpoints different from your own.  If any sensitive subject matter is a concern for you, please arrange a meeting with the instructor.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Academic Honesty: All matters of academic dishonesty including plagiarism (the act of copying and pasting information from one source and inserting into a paper without proper citation, rewriting information from another source and inserting into a paper without proper citation, copying and rewriting from another student’s work and using as your own), collusion, fabrication, cheating etc. will result in a failing grade for the assignment in question.

All violations will be forwarded to the proper college authorities for review. Any form of disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.

Students who cheat, copy, or plagiarize any of the required essays, assignments and analyses will receive a zero (0) for the assignment and the Final Grade for the course will be reduced by one letter grade (A to B, B to C, C to D, D to F)

Students who violate the Academic Honesty will not be allowed to complete any extra- credit to improve the final grade.

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Online Student Behavior: All students are expected to be polite and considerate when posting opinions and thoughts in the Discussion Forum. The Online class is not a location where students may post aggressive, insulting, or inappropriate use of language. Any student who violates the required Student Behavior (as stated and in the AC Student Handbook) will result in a failing grade for the course.

Grading Criteria

Grading Criteria


Grading Criteria: It is the student’s responsibility to complete all assigned tasks by the specified due date. Individual assignments are evaluated by the instructor.  Incomplete assignments, analyses, participation and attendance concerns will be reported to specific department chairs, division chairs, and Associate Vice President of Instruction. 

Grading Schema:
89.50 – 100 A
79.50 – 89.49 B
69.50 – 79.49 C
59.50 – 69.49 D
00.00 – 59.49 F  

Discussion Forums – Worth 50% of final grade. The lowest discussion grade is dropped from the average.

Assignments – Worth 50% of the final grade: the Short Essay Writing Assignment weighs 10%, the Midterm Quiz weighs 10%, the Midterm Essay weighs 10%, the Final Quiz weighs 10% and Final Essay weighs 10%.


It is the student’s responsibility to access the course online and complete all Assignments, Analyses, Discussion Forums, Quizzes, and Essays according to the course calendar. Students are expected to access the online course every day to complete all requirements according to the set due dates.

The first graded discussion and or assignment must be completed before the Census date of Monday, June 13th (6/13/2022) to avoid an automatic withdrawal from the course.

Final date to withdraw from the course without a failing grade: Wednesday, July 20th (7/20/2022).

Accessing AC Connect:  It is the student’s responsibility to check e-mail messages, announcements and the course using AC Connect. Students will submit all assignments and analyses using AC Online unless noted on the assignment or by the instructor. Emails to the instructor must be through AC Connect and Blackboard. For any technical difficulties using Blackboard, please call 806-371-5992

It is the student’s responsibility to access the course online and complete all discussions, essays and exams according to the course calendar. Students are expected to access the online course every day to complete all requirements. Communications e-mailed to the instructor must be sent through Blackboard.


Chapters will be presented in two units according to specific calendar dates.

All discussions and assignments are due before 11:00 pm. Late assignments will generally not be allowed or accepted due to the short nature of the 8 week term. Assignments will generally have a two (2) day late window (with penalty points) with the exception of the Final Quiz. 

All assignments must be attached as docx, rtf, or pdf formats. Assignments posted in the “Comment” box will receive a zero. Assignments submitted in odt, wps, .pages or Google docs cannot be opened and students will receive an email to re-send in the correct format with a penalty.

HUMA 1301 Course CalendarCourse begins on Monday, June 6th

Introduce Yourself Discussion: not a graded discussion

Unit 1 due dates:

6/16   DF 1 for Chapters 1, 2, 3 due before 11:00 pm

6/21  Short Essay Assignment

6/27  DF 2 for Chapters 4, 8 due before 11:00 pm

7/1    DF 3 for Chapters 5, 6, 7 due before 11:00 pm

7/4    Midterm Exam Critical Thinking Analysis Essay due before 11:00 pm

7/8    Midterm Quiz for chapters 1 – 8 due before 11:00 pm

Unit 2 due dates:

7/13  DF 4 for Chapters 9, 10 due before 11:00 pm

7/19  DF 5 for Chapter 11 due before 11:00 pm

7/25  DF 6 for Chapters 12, 13 due before 11:00 pm

7/27  Final Exam Critical Thinking Analysis Essay due before 11:00 pm

7/28  Final Quiz for Chapters 9 - 13 due before 11:00 pm

The Course Calendar is subject to change based on unexpected events or situation. It is the student’s responsibility to check all email, announcements, and all other forms of correspondence issued by the Instructor regarding changes to the due dates.

Additional Information

It is important to complete all Discussion Forums, Exams and Essays by the due dates; no extra credit will be offered to help improve a student’s grade.

Students are responsible and encouraged to seek help with any problems using Blackboard, understanding assignment due dates and accessing secondary computers if personal computers are not performing.

Computers can be used in the AC Library, the Computer Lab, and the Amarillo Public Library or any public library in your vicinity.

Office Hours are available for online courses. E-mail instructor to arrange a meeting.

Syllabus Created on:

05/13/22 2:58 PM

Last Edited on:

05/13/22 3:35 PM