Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: HUMA-1315 (Section: 1B, CRN: 92818)
Fine Arts Appreciation
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Instructor Information
Instructor Natasha Dailey
Email daileynm@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6102
Office Madison Monroe - Room: 119A
Office Hours RM 119, Bob Hope School
Office Hours:  M-TR 1:15-2:00, F 12:45-1:20
Additional Contact Information
Course Information
Description This course is an exploration of the purposes and processes in the visual and performing arts (such as music, painting, architecture, drama, and dance) and the ways in which they express the values of cultures and human experience.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Martin, F. David and Lee A. Jacobus.  The Humanities Through the Arts, Ninth Edition, McGraw Hill, 2015

Additional Materials/Resources None.
  • ENGL-0302 College Reading Skills
Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Articulate how these works express the values of the individual and society within an historical and social context.
  • Articulate an informed personal response and critically analyze works in the arts and humanities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the influence of literature, philosophy, and the arts on cultural experiences.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the creative process and why humans create.

Core Objectives PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills- Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.

PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.

Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.

PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.

Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.

PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.

Helps the team move forward by discussing merits of alternative ideas; Treats team members respectfully; uses positive facial, vocal or written tone, or language to convey a positive attitude; Motivates teammates by expressing confidence about the importance of the task; Provides assistance/encouragement to team members; Completes all assigned tasks by deadline; Addresses conflict constructively; or helps the group avoid conflict completely.

PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills – Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.

Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross- relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application.

Lecture Topics Outline Unit I:  What is Humanities?  How to be a Critic of the Arts
Unit 2:  Visual Arts (Paintings, Sculptures, Architecture)
Unit 3:  Music
Unit 4:  Literature
Unit 5:  Theatre
Unit 6:  Dance
Unit 7:  Film
Major Assignments Schedule August 28-September 1 (official start of the semester):
Introductions, Syllabus
Chapter 1: What is Humanities?
Chapter 2-3:  Being a Critic of the Arts
Begin Unit I:  Visual Arts (Chapter 4: Paintings, Chapter 5:  Sculpture, Chapter 6: Architecture)
Renaissance and Realism
September 4-8:
Continue Unit I: Classicism (Ancient Greece), Neo-Classicism, Architecture
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
September 11-15:
(Census Date-September 13)
Cubism, Surrealism, and Pop Art
Review for Unit I Test
September 18-22:
Unit I Test on September 19
Begin Unit III: Chapter 9: Music
Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Bluegrass vs. Classical and Opera
September 25-29:
Continue Music:  Opera and “The Phantom of the Opera”
October 2-6:
(Final Day to Drop Without Penalty-October 2)
Unit II:  Chapter 7: Literature
Greek Philosophy/Mythology, Old English (‘Beowulf’)
Middle English, Poetry (Renaissance-Shakespeare, Victorian to Modern) *Talk about Rap here
Review for Unit II-III Test
October 9-13:
Unit II-III Test on October 11
Unit IV: Chapter 8: Theatre
Greek Tragedy vs. Shakespearean Tragedy
October 16-20:
Continue Theatre: Shakespeare Tragedy vs. Shakespeare Comedy
October 23-27:
Unit V: Chapter 10: Dance
Ballet vs Modern: Martha Graham, Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” etc.
Jazz, Tap, Broadway Musical
October 30-November 3:
Continue Dance:  Jazz, Tap, Broadway Musical
Review for Unit IV-V Test
November 6-10:
Unit IV-V Test on November 9
Unit V: Film, Animation, Television
November 13-17:
Continue Film
November 20-24: 
November 27-December 1:
(Final Day to Drop With Penalty-November 27)
Work on Common Assignment rest of the week

December 4-8:
Review for Final
December 11-14 (grades due December 15:

Final Exam Date December 13, 2023 - 8:15 AM   Through  December 13, 2023 - :
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Exam #1                10%
Exam #2                10%
Exam #3                10%
Exam #4                10%
Common Assignment/
Research Paper      20%
Daily Grades           20%
Final Exam              20%

Course Policies
Instructor Policies ACADEMIC HONESTY:  Academic honesty is expected from all students. Cheating, plagiarism, or collusion will not be tolerated in any form under any circumstances. Plagiarism is defined as “taking and using as one's own the writings or ideas of another.” Any student caught cheating or plagiarizing or aiding another student in cheating or plagiarizing on a quiz, test, individual assignment, or examination may be summarily dropped from the class with a grade of “F.”
CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE:  No gum, food or drinks (except water) may be used during class. Disruptive behavior and profanity will not be tolerated. Students should not talk when someone else is talking. Be respectful. All cell phones should be turned off and placed out of sight during class. Students are to be alert and pay attention at all times. Reading anything other than the course texts or doing work for another class will not be permitted. Students who are disruptive will be asked to leave the classroom and will be counted as absent. Disruptions include cell phones or other electronic devices that ring/beep during class. Students who sleep –or appear to be sleeping--during class will be counted as absent and may be asked to leave the classroom. NO TEXTING!!!!!  NO EARBUDS!!!!
LATE WORK POLICY: All out-of-class assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on the due date. After that, they will be considered late.
An out-of-class assignment will be accepted late if it is turned in (or emailed) by the next class meeting. An essay or assignment will not be accepted after a week with 5 points deducted each day it is late, and the student will receive a zero after a week has passed. If the student is ill, he/she should have someone drop off his/her work the day it is due or email it to the instructor before time for the class to begin.
Students, whether they are present or not, are responsible for completing and turning in all assignments and for finding out what they missed.  Students should check to see if any changes were made to the course outline.
If the absence is excused, quizzes, tests, or graded daily assignments may be made up with the student's initiative and at the instructor's convenience.


Attendance Policy ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is mandatory and attendance records of every class will be kept by the instructor.  Students with unexcused absences will not be allowed to make up assignments or quizzes from the day of the absence. Students are expected to be on time for each class.
The student, whether he/she is present or not, is responsible for material and assignments covered in class. You should not return after an absence and ask me what you missed. You need to find out from your course outline or another student before class. The conscientious student will confer in person or by e-mail with the instructor on or before the day of an absence.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT HOMEWORK: Much of the time in this class your homework will be to read from the textbook. Please understand that "Read" means "READ, STUDY, AND UNDERSTAND." AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT NOTETAKING: The first thing you need to do when you get to class is get out your notebook to take notes. I recommend a spiral notebook that you can clip in your binder. Each day, write that day's date on the top of a clean page and be ready to take notes. Don't depend on your memory; take copious notes!
Additional Information
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
Phone:(409) 984-6520