HUMN111: Humanities I
Section: E59     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearSpring 2014 / (15 weeks): Jan 22, 2014 to May 19, 2014
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

Jina Fast   Email: Jina.Fast@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8270

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

eLearning:
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 Format

A sample Course Format is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. Course Formats explain 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:
  • There are no special requirements for this course

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation(s)

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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 bucks.instructure.com

  • 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, go to 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 either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. 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

In this course we will be investigating the historical becoming of the human being. We will examine traditions across Ancient Greek, Roman, Chinese, Indian and African cultures in order to draw a more complete understanding of the historical development of humanity.In order to arrive at this comprehensive understanding, we will look at art, religion, philosophy, and important figures specific to each culture. In short, we will take a big picture or comprehensive approach to understanding these cultures in order to recognize similarities and differences across said cultures, as well as the influences these cultures have had upon modern and contemporary development.

Furthermore, though this is an online course, we will be utilizing a variety of methods of interaction in order to reinforce learning and prevent stagnation. For example, I will be posting recorded mini-lectures to begin each unit to ensure that you see and hear me many times throughout the semester.

Additionally, you will be required to post within the discussion forum 2-4 times per week, with at least one post being a creation of a new thread OR a response to a question/comment I (your instructor post) and one post being a response to one of your fellow classmates. I will also assign a collaborative art paper/presentation where you will be required to work in a small group either online or in person. Your presentation will be posted online and questions for the presenters will be posed by your classmates. You will also be required to engage in individual work, such as writing a research paper on an important historical figure and answering essay questions. The point of these varied activities is to maintain a lively and interactive atmosphere with the advantage of being able to complete many of the assignments at your own pace, without sacrificing the benefits that come with a face-face learning environment.

Finally, as I noted before, in this course you will be required to visit one art museum for one of your papers. However, I understand that flexibility is essential in an online course, and I assure you that you will have plenty of time to visit the museum. If you have any questions please email me fastji@bucks.edu.