HUMN114: Humanities IV
Section: E59     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearFall 2010 / (15 weeks): Aug 25, 2010 to Dec 16, 2010
(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 6 - 9 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

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

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

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • Mandatory orientation at the Newtown campus

Getting Started With This Course


This information has expired. If you are looking for current course information you must go to the current semester course information page.

Accessing Your Course

Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)

Your course is using Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)! Your student account in Bb Vista will be created about 2 weeks prior to the start of your class and you can log into the system at that time. Please use the time before the start of your class to become familiar with Bb Vista by using the tutorials provided for you.

You will be able to access your course as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Bucks Bb Vista course space at:

  • Username: Your new user account will consist of your last name and first initial, and if necessary, followed by a random number. For example, John Smith's user account will be smithj4567
  • Password: Your initial password for all systems will be reset to "bd" followed by your birthdate in mmddyy format. (Example: bd042372 for 4/23/72). You will need to establish your new password immediately, which is 6-9 characters in length, using letters & numbers. You should also establish a password hint at this time.
  • To obtain your new user account go to and select WebAdvisor. Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. Your new user account name will display on the screen

Note: If you registered late, there may be a short delay in activating your Bb Vista login.

Computer Requirements and Settings

Your computer must be correctly configured to work with Bb Vista. Before you login do the Check Browser located on the Bb Vista login page. This will ensure your browser is configured so the complete functionality of this application is available to you. If errors are detected, mandatory or recommended changes will be indicated.

Access Codes

Some Bb Vista courses that use content provided by textbook publishers require an access code. If your course requires one, you will be prompted to enter it the first time you access the course. This access code may be included with the purchase of a new textbook, or may be purchased separately from the textbook publisher through

If you purchased a used textbook and do not yet have an access code, you can obtain a 15-day temporary code the first time you log in by clicking the "get temporary code" link. You will then have 15 days to purchase your access code.


Detailed troubleshooting information is available by clicking on Help on the Bb Vista login page or on any page within the system after you have logged in.

Learning To Use Bb Vista

  • Face-To-Face Workshops! are offered at the beginning of each full semester at the Newtown campus.
  • LIVE Online Sessions! are offered via web conferencing before the start of each modular session and full semester.

Check for dates and times.

We also encourage you to use the various "Learning Bb Vista" courses provided online when you log in to your Bb Vista account.

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

Hello HUMN 114 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, McGraw Hill; other supplementary readings that will be posted online.

INFORMATION ABOUT ONLINE COURSES: Besides the face-to-face course orientation, 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. To get the latest versions of common browsers, go to NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR or MOZILLA FOXFIRE on the web.

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS: This is not a self-paced independent study. While we will not see each other in person, except during the mandatory orientation, 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 discussion thread on the day and time frame indicated (usually Thursday evening of each week). 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.

ESSAYS: 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 paper on the role of a major creative figure in modern western culture. I will assign each student a figure and a question about that figure, 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 15% Cultural Field Trip Paper 20% Mid-Term Exam 20% Final Exam 20%

Again, in addition to the mandatory Newtown campus orientation, I strongly encourage you to work through the Bb Vista tutorials. 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