HUMN114: Humanities IV
Section: E11     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearSummer I 2014 / (6 weeks): May 27, 2014 to Jul 3, 2014
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Maria McGrath   Email:
Phone: 215-968-8288

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 15 - 22 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

Web-based course

Official College Course Description

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Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

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Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • There are no special requirements for this course

Getting Started With This Course


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Accessing Your Course

Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.

Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.

Other Information about the Course

Check Canvas for possible access as early as 8/21/13.

Hello HUMN114 Students:

Welcome to Humanities Online.

This course will take us on a journey in human creative and intellectual history from roughly 1870 to the present. This will include examining modern art, architecture, dance, theater, music, television, film, literature and more from a multi-cultural, global perspective.

TOPICS COVERED: Modernist Art, Film Noir and Cinema Verite, The Harlem Renaissance, Freud and the Birth of the Subconscious, Social Realism and the Great Depression, Existentialism, The Beats, 1960s Counterculture, Pop Art, Postmodernism, Globalization and more.

Textbooks and Other Required Materials: Gloria K. Fiero, THE HUMANISTIC TRADITION: MODERNISM, GLOBALISM, AND THE INFORMATION AGE, Volume 6, 6th edition, McGraw Hill; other supplementary readings that will be posted online.

INFORMATION ABOUT ONLINE COURSES: This course will be conducted entirely online. This means that you MUST be generally computer-literate. You must have constant access to a computer. You must be able to do general word processing, and you must be confident surfing the internet. Loss of internet or computer problems are not legitimate excuses for missed work or participation. Thus I recommend that you immediately identify a place where you can reach a back-up computer to complete your weekly work (a local library or at BUCKS). If you are uncertain about your computer competence or access, you should NOT take this course.

If have AOL you will need to use another browser once you are online. Canvas works best with NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR or MOZILLA FIREFOX on the web.

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS: This is not a self-paced independent study. While we will not see each other in person, this course will run on the same principles of a traditional college class.You will need to keep up with weekly readings and post discussions on the bulletin board on the day and time frame indicated (usually Thursday evening of each week by 9:00 pm). In fact, all assignments will be due on the day assigned. Late assignments will suffer 1/2 grade deductions for each day after the due date (same as my face2face courses). Please see information below for course specifics.

READING: This is one of the most important parts of your course: weekly reading.Most of the readings will come from the Fiero text,THE HUMANISTIC TRADITION: BOOK 6 and online materials. It is imperative that you read carefully and use these readings in online discussions, essays, and exams.

DISCUSSION AND PARTICIPATION: Participation in online discussions is required of everyone. Your Participation/Discussion grade will be based on the quality of your participation. See syllabus for more.

WARNING: It is imperative that you participate weekly in the discussion threads. Students who miss SEVEN or more discussion threads will receive an F for the course.


Major Figure Essay. You must write a three-four paged (double-spaced,Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, at least one inch margins, Microsoft Word Document) research analysis of the role of a major creative figure in modern western culture. I will assign each student a figure and a question about that figure, three weeks prior to the assigned due date. This paper will require research and original analysis.

Culture Field Trip Essay: You must write a five-six paged, (double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, at least one inch margins Microsoft Word document) research paper using your "live" experience in a local museum,theater, music performance, or other cultural event. You must use your visit to the cultural event as research source material along with traditional library and internet research materials. The paper must include parenthetical citations (MLA style)and a works cited page. Because this paper should represent your own thoughts and observations, you may not use museum web sites to write the essay. And, of course, all BCCC rules and regulations regarding plagiarism apply.

WARNING: In order to receive full credit for this project, you must be able to get a paper copy of your research essay to me, along with attached proof of attendance by the due date indicated in the learning modules. You may drop it off at my office, or the history dept. office, or send it via snail mail. IF YOU CANNOT DO THIS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP!

Approximate Grading

  • Discussion and Participation 25%
  • Major Figure Paper 25%
  • Cultural Field Trip Paper 25%
  • Final Exam 25%

Contacting Me

Again, I strongly encourage you to work through CANVAS BASICS. After that go to our course site and open the BEGIN file. Instructions for Week One will follow.

If you need to talk to me at anytime, please either call me @ 215-968-8288 or email @ I will get back to you as soon as I can, if we don't connect on your first attempt.

I look forward to an interesting semester together. Yours, Professor Maria McGrath