Syllabus RS 101 Amena Coronado 7 week

Syllabus RS 101 Amena Coronado 7 week

Please note: The policies laid out in this syllabus will be followed so it is important that you read it fully and carefully.




It is my responsibility to provide you with guided access to texts intended to expand your knowledge of the history of human ideas about existence, values, and meaning. It is also my duty to provide you with opportunities for the development of your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. I will do my best to fulfill these responsibilities through text selection, lectures, discussions, assignment design, and grading.


Our time together constitutes the meeting of a community, the health of which depends in no small way on how well we each fulfill our role.

Within our community we all have rights and responsibilities. Some of my responsibilities are discussed above and, because one of your rights is to know what is expected of you, some of your responsibilities are discussed below. The goal of the policies presented here is to foster an environment that is fair, respectful, productive, and enjoyable.


Be here, physically and mentally. In the online classroom that means visit the course regularly, to read discussion posts and communications I send you, and set aside time when your attention is undivided to complete each week's work.
Take notes on each week's materials
Participate in the discussions.
Do the assigned reading and watch the assigned videos.
Turn in thoughtful, well-formed work, on time and using the guidelines provided. 
Follow the policies listed below. 

Note: Academic support services are available, including online tutoring. If you find yourself struggling with the reading or writing that is required in this course, please consider making an appointment. Find out more by visiting their website.



This course provides an interdisciplinary study of the humanities from the ancient world to the European Renaissance, drawing on literature, philosophy, art, and history. This course emphasizes oral and written analysis of primary text, both Western and non-Western, and is recommended for students desiring to transfer. Fulfills the Interpretive Studies and American/Global Diversity requirements.


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
[1] analyze primary texts from ancient times to the Renaissance to demonstrate how they reflect the social, political, and/or cultural context that produced them,
[2] explain similarities and differences between aesthetic, political, and/or social values as they developed in Western culture and the selected non-Western culture, and
[3] critically discuss the role of the humanities in shaping society.


Students will not be required to purchase anything for the course. All the readings and videos for the course will be made available on our Canvas site.


Each week students are required to read/watch that week's lesson material, including my introduction to the topics, the assigned readings and any assigned videos. Students are also required to participate in a class discussion each week. I will provide a critical question to students, which will be made available on Monday of each week. Students will [1] write and submit a discussion post that answers the question and [2] write a response to another student's post. In addition, two short response papers will be due over the course of the semester and, near the end of the semester, a video project will be due.

Regarding Quotations: The purpose of these assignments is to demonstrate understanding and engagement with the material. Therefore, you may not use quotations in any of your written assignments. Part of how you determine for yourself, and demonstrate to the reader, that you understand the material is by learning how to put things in your own words.



25% (25 points) Discussion Posts
40% (40 points) Short Response Papers (20 points per paper)
35% (35 points) Video Project 



All of your communication to me should be sent to my Canvas inbox. Just as you can expect me to regularly check email, I expect the same from you and will let you know about course changes via Canvas messaging. 

Communication that should be posted to the general discussion thread:
Any clarifying questions regarding readings, lectures, grading, or assignments. Do not save them for after class or private emails. This is a more efficient and more effective way of making things clear for the group.

Communication that is appropriate for privately messaging me:
Only questions or concerns regarding private matters relevant to your performance in class. And on that note... if a problem that impacts your performance arises, communicate with me in a timely manner. It is easier to develop a plan of action than to dig yourself out of a hole.

My response policy:
I will generally respond to emails within 36 hours. I will not respond to emails over the weekend. I will also not respond to emails that ask questions for which you can find the answer by reviewing course materials previously provided to you. Finally, read this before sending me a message.


You may turn in assignments up to 24 hours late, no questions asked. This means that if your assignment is due Tuesday at noon, you may turn it in by Wednesday at noon without penalty. No work will be accepted after the grace period ends. This policy does not apply to discussion posts, which must be submitted by the stated deadline to receive credit.


If you have COD academic accommodations, please let me know at the beginning of the term. If you have a disability but have not registered with the COD, visit their website for more information.


A  90-100
B  80-89.9
C  70-79.9
D  60-69.9


From CCP's Student Code of Conduct:
"Violations of academic integrity can include, but are not limited to, cheating and plagiarism. Cheating is an intentional effort at deception or gaining of an unfair advantage in completing academic work [may also take the form of blatant disregard for instructor guidelines and rules for assignment completion]. Plagiarism is the act of appropriating the work of another person and passing it off as one's own.... Violations of academic integrity will open a student to disciplinary action."

If you cheat or plagiarize, you will receive an F in the course and your actions, as required by the college, will be reported to the dean. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work of another person as one's own.

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