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HUM 104 GB: Humanities II, Spring 2019, Session I

Instructor: Dr. Mary Wheeling

Office Location: Arts & Sciences Suite, #6, Fulmer Center Annex
Office Hours: MW 11:30-1:30, TR 10:30-12:30, F 9:00-12:00, and by appointment
Phone: 302-225-6361
Contact Hours: 42
Credits: 3

Matthews, Platt, and Noble, Experience Humanities, Combined 8th ed., NY: McGraw-Hill,

Course Description:
Humanities II: Roots of the Modern World (HUM 104) explores humankind's cultural and
intellectual roots through an integrated study of the humanities. It traces the secular and
scientific thought patterns of contemporary society by discovering and developing these ideas
from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. The course develops the philosophical,
religious, historical, literary, and aesthetic themes of the period through selected readings,
films, slides, and musical selections.


Course Materials:
Students will use the textbook (see above) as well as handouts and audio-visual materials
presented in class and accessible from our Campus Web class site.

Learning Objectives/Goals:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

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1. Identify the major historical, philosophical, religious, literary, and artistic trends of the
Western tradition from the Italian Renaissance (ca. 1400) through the 20th century.
2. Explain and connect the major historical, philosophical, religious, literary, and artistic
trends of the Western tradition from the Italian Renaissance (ca. 1400) through the 20th
3. Trace the development of present-day Western political, economic, social, and cultural
institutions from 1400 through the 20th century.

Topics Covered:
1. The Italian Renaissance and Early Mannerism
2. The Northern Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation
3. The Counter-Reformation and the Baroque
4. The Age of Reason
5. The Age of Revolution
6. The Working Class and the Bourgeoisie
7. The Modernist World
8. Decades of Change and Postmodernism

Course Format:
HUM 104 is taught through a combination of lecture, discussion, and individual and small-
group learning activities including writing assignments and tests. Students complete course
requirements meant to foster fulfillment of the Learning Objectives (see above). Most course
content is transmitted face-to-face and on paper in class, so consistent attendance is crucial.
Specific assignment and test dates are found on the document entitled “Course Schedule.”

Course Policies

If you know in advance that you must miss classes for reasons such as GBC athletics, a
business trip, a scheduled medical procedure, etc., please notify me in writing well in advance
of the absence. It is your responsibility to submit your work or take your test BEFORE such
absence occurs.
GBC athletes must present the professor with a game schedule, showing what days and times
the students will need to miss. A test or final exam conflicting with a required athletic event
should be arranged to be taken by team members before the absence occurs.

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Late Assignments
Missed assignments and/or tests cannot be made up after the absence, and no late
assignments will be accepted. However, each student’s lowest assignment grade for the
semester will be dropped before computing his or her final grade.

Make-Up Tests
As noted just above, once missed, assignments and tests cannot be made up. However,
everyone’s lowest assignment score will be dropped. Also stated above, if you know in
advance you will be absent for a scheduled event, you may arrange to submit the work early or
take the test early.

Course Requirements
Students will complete numerous assignments in class, so should be prepared at every class
meeting for graded activities such as groupwork, discussions, quizzes, reflection papers, etc.
Assignments missed due to absence or tardiness cannot be made up. A student’s lowest
assignment grade will be dropped. Each assignment is worth a possible 10-25 points, and the
average score (minus the dropped one) counts for 15% of the HUM 104 course grade.
Students will take 3 essay tests throughout the term. These tests assess student
understanding of and critical thinking about class readings, lectures, handouts, and discussion
content. Tests missed due to absence or tardiness cannot be made up after the fact, unless
missed due to a true, unforeseen emergency. (See sections above on attendance and make-
up work.) All 3 test scores count; none will be dropped. Each test is worth a possible 100
points; the test score average counts for 75% of the HUM 104 course grade (which is to say,
each test counts for 25% of the course grade).
Final Exam:
There will be a cumulative final exam given the last day of class, which counts for 10% of the
HUM 104 course grade. Students who have an A average going in to the final are not required
to take it, nor do they need to attend the final class.

Grading Policy
Grades for Assignments and Tests will be weighted as follows:
Assignments will be averaged (with lowest score dropped) to count as 15% of the course
Three Tests will be averaged to count as 75% of the course grade.
If you have an A average (90 or higher) going into the final exam, you do not have to take
the final exam. If you have an 89 or lower course average, you are required to take the Final
Exam, which will count for 10% of your course grade.

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I follow GBC’s undergraduate grading scale for issuing final letter grades. See "Grading
System" at for the scale.

Getting Extra Help

You are encouraged to email or see me in person with any questions about the course. I’m
available on a drop-in basis during my office hours (see page 1 of syllabus) or at other times
by appointment. Please email ahead to schedule outside of office hours.
If you have a physical, learning, or other disability that might affect your access to or
performance in the class, please let me know so we can discuss appropriate accommodations.
At the Academic Resource Center (ARC) in the Hirons Library and Learning Center, you can
schedule tutoring, reviews, or proctored tests. For location, hours, and appointment procedure,
visit the ARC website (
support.html). Phone the ARC at 302-225-6229 or email

Classroom Behavior Expectations

We have to work together as a large group this session. Please show respectful behavior
toward your professor and fellow students by
1. Keeping your electronic devices and headphones silent and out of sight during class.
2. Arriving on time to class and after break and staying until class is dismissed.
3. Not talking to others during class unless part of the assigned activity.

Academic Integrity
All courses taught at Goldey-Beacom College are governed by the GBC Academic Honor
Code. A full description of the Honor Code and related procedures is available on the web at
Goldey-Beacom College Academic Honor Code (
Remember that ignorance of the proper use of sources is no excuse for a violation. Any
alleged academic dishonesty in this class will be addressed according to official procedures. It
is the professor’s prerogative to determine the appropriate penalty for academic offenses.
Penalties for violations of the Honor Code in my class can range from a zero on the work in
question to an F for the entire course.
All lectures and course materials are copyrighted, including student-written notes or
summaries that substantially reflect my lectures or materials. These materials are made
available only for personal use by students, and may not be distributed or reproduced for
commercial purposes without my express written consent. Students ARE able to share notes
or materials with a classmate on an individual basis for personal use. Violation of my copyright
may result in course sanctions and violate the Code of Academic Integrity. Read GBC’s policy
on intellectual property here:

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I require all work submitted to be produced originally for this course. Recycling old
assignments or simultaneously submitting the same work to HUM 104 and another class
defeats the purpose of our unique learning process and gives you unfair academic advantage.

College Policies & Resources

Academic Honor Code

Please familiarize yourself with the Goldey-Beacom College Academic Honor Code
( All courses are governed by this policy.

Accessibility at GBC
The Financial Aid/Advisement Office serves as the first point of contact for students to discuss
consideration for reasonable accommodations and as the location to provide documentation
for requested accommodations, as required. Please visit the Financial Aid/Advisement Office
on campus for more information.

Mental Health and Well Being

If you find yourself struggling with your mental or physical health to the extent that it has
affected your academic performance in this class, please feel free to approach me. I try to be
flexible and accommodating.
Goldey-Beacom offers help in the form of the Health Advocate Student Assistance Program
(SAP), a confidential service that can help you manage a crisis or find the support you need to
deal with personal or psychological challenges. Keep the following services’ contact
information handy in the event that you or a peer is in need of assistance. Asking for help is a
smart, safe, and courageous thing to do.
Health Advocate Student Assistance Program (SAP) mental health support line: 1-855-384-
Crisis Numbers:
Mobile Crisis Intervention Services, statewide: 1-800-652-2929
Crisis Line for LGBTQ Youth: 1-866-488-7386
Crisis TEXT Line: Text DE to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Domestic Violence Hotline (New Castle County, DE): 1-302-762-6110
Rape Crisis Line through ContactLifeline DE: 1-302-761-9100

Hirons Library & Learning Center

The Hirons Library and Learning Center (HLLC), located in the Jones Center, contains a
variety resources to support your research throughout your time at Goldey-Beacom College.

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• Search for information to help you complete your next class assignment using our
robust discover tool (
technology-services/), which includes over half a million full-text journal articles, eBooks,
print books, and government documents. We also have individual databases
( like Mergent Online and RIA Checkpoint that support
specific majors such as accounting.
• Within the HLLC, the Academic Resource Center (ARC) is available to assist you with
your tutoring needs. Visit the ARC website (
resources/tutoring-support.html) to learn more about the services the ARC provides.
• Computers, printers, and a scanner are available for you to use to complete
assignments as well. Visit the Library and Technology Services website
( for
details regarding computing options and hours of operation within the HLLC.

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