HUM 202Modern Humanities, 3 credits

Michele A. Marits, Assistant Professor of English/Humanities,, 757.822.7050

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Course Title: HUM 202 - Modern Humanities

Course Description and General Education Core Competencies

Course Description

Examines the values and expression of ideas of selected western and non-western cultures from the 1300s until 1900s, integrating the visual arts, literature, religion, music, and philosophy within the context of history. The assignments in this course require college-level reading, analysis of scholarly studies, and coherent communication through properly cited and formatted written reports. Lecture 3 hours.  Total 3 hours per week. 3 credits

General Course Purpose

HUM 202 will broaden understanding and awareness of people and cultures specifically within the cultural and historical contexts of social groups throughout the world which may draw upon such fields as art, literature, religion, philosophy, social sciences, and music.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites
None. This class fulfills the requirement for a Humanities elective.

The General Education Core Competencies supported by the course are as follows:

Course Objectives

Upon completing the course, the student will be able to do the following:

Communication: Through written, visual, and/or oral presentations, describe and construct responses to themes from later medieval time periods through the 19th century in western and non-western cultures.
Critical Thinking: Analyze topics in western and non-western cultures linking overarching questions through examining the humanities.
Cultural and Social Understanding: Demonstrate understanding of cultural foundations regarding the Humanities and its effect on the greater world.
The Arts: Identify and classify the various forms of the fine and decorative arts, noting their stylistic relationships to the cultures from which they come, as well as their development from medieval period through the late nineteenth century.
Literature: Recognize and critique key works of literature and their cultural importance, both to their original time to their historical influence, with an emphasis on drama, poetry, fiction and biography.
Religion and Philosophy: Summarize and evaluate the central beliefs, positions, and practices of the most prominent religious and philosophical systems and their impact and development with their respective originating cultures and the world at large, with emphasis on western and non-western traditions in this time period.
Music and Theatre Arts: Recognize innovation and changes within music, theatre, and dance arts.

Major Topics to be Included

The Arts
Religion and Philosophy
Music and Theatre Arts

Canvas: All course information will be delivered through Canvas and Connect (McGraw-Hill). There are no required meetings on campus.

EMAIL: Responses to emails are usually not more than 24 hours on weekdays  (24 to 48 hours on the weekends). Email Contact:

Required Text

Landmarks in Humanities

Fiero 5e, Connect Access Card: 9781264816217

Students need to purchase the physical access card. These access cards should be available beginning March 1st, 2024.

Assignments & Grades/Points

Description of Assignments/Grading

Total Points=100% plus 3 points for Extra Credit

Grading Scale: 90-100 points=A; 80-89=B; 70-79=C; 60-69=D; 59 and below=F

Assignments are grouped into categories, and each group accounts for a percentage of your overall grade. Refer to the syllabus for the full list of course assignments within each group.

This course is fast-paced as it is a 7-week online course that covers seven chapters (modules) in seven weeks. You should be spending 18 hours per week of instructional time for this 3-credit course.  

Disclaimer: Points are different from percentages since assignments are weighted. Canvas computes the percentage totals and the designated letter grade throughout the duration of the course and the cumulative percentage total and letter grade at the end of the course. For example, 91.67% cumulative total might still be a “B” final course grade.

Grading Policy & Grading Rubrics: Please refer to the grading policies and grading rubrics posted in Canvas.
Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional use of another person’s ideas without proper documentation. Plagiarized assignments may result in a student’s failure. Review the Student Handbook.

How This Class Works
The course content is organized into four modules that cover Chapters 7 to 13 in the text. The modules include group discussions, practice and short writing assignments, and open-book quizzes/tests (three attempts allowed). Most assignments except for the group discussions are complete and submitted in

Connect, which is the McGraw-Hill’s publisher site that is integrated with Canvas. All assignments are designed for you to engage with the text, the course concepts, and your peers. 

Attendance: Although there will be no on-campus meetings, each student is expected to check the course Canvas site and Gmail often. The amount of time you spend on completing assignments will vary depending on the assignments and/or your prior knowledge of the material. Canvas tracks your participation in the course. Participation in discussions is a requirement of this course. Any student wishing to withdraw from the course must follow the same procedures as in a face-to-face class. The instructor is not responsible for withdrawing students prior to the date to withdraw without academic penalty.

modified  2/13/2024 by M. Marits