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Week 1 discussionDq1The Value of the HumanitiesWhat is the value of studying the humanities in a business or technical curriculum? How might a topic such as ancient art enhance contemporary life?Dq2Ancient Works of ArtChoose a work of art from the reading in Chapter 1. Discuss how the work is a reflection of the ancient culture that created it. Also, did anything particularly surprise or impress you about the work of art or the ancient people who created it?Week 2 discussionDq1Greek and Roman Architectural InfluencesThe architecture of the Greeks and Romans has influenced people for centuries. When the founding fathers of America began to design Washington, DC, how were they influenced by the Greeks and Romans?Dq2Greek and Roman AdvancementsAncient peoples were often much more advanced than modern people understand. Choose one example of a Greek or Roman advancement that improved their societies. How did this advancement affect the culture of the Greeks or Romans? Has this advancement evolved and is it in use, in some capacity, in the modern world?Week 3 discussionDq1TheaterThis week, we took a brief look at Shakespeare’s The Tempest (see the Assignments section). This five-act play opens with a storm at sea (a tempest) and throughout, Shakespeare has planted allusions to apparitions and magic, such as the character Ariel who, at times, appears to be invisible to the other characters. It is a given that the special effects, such as those often used in films, to actually give the stage the appearance of a deadly tempest or actually make Ariel an invisible presence are not achievable on the stage. To fill in this gap, audiences suspend disbelief.In this thread, let’s discuss the power and limitations of theatrical imagination. Please feel free to draw from productions you have seen. (The old high school productions count, too!) Why are we willing to suspend disbelief when we see a play, yet we demand so much more from a film production? Do you think that the limitation on special effects and alternative demand on the audience member to suspend disbelief is a weakness or a strength of the theatrical experience? Would you rather see The Tempest on stage or in film? Why?Dq2Allegory and ArtThis week, we are exploring the items below.Excerpt from Beowulf (also available as an audio in the lecture)Act II Scene I from Shakespeare’s The TempestThis week, we have looked at several works of art that utilized allegorical themes. One of the most common uses of imagery in the medieval and Renaissance periods is allegory. What is an allegory? Describe how at least one of the examples of art in this week’s lecture or one of this week’s readings is allegorical in nature. Why, in your opinion, was allegory so prevalent during these periods? Is it still important in contemporary literature? Why or why not?Week 4 discussionDq1RubensLine, color, hue, balance, form and perspective were some of the key concepts covered in this week’s tutorial. Use the example of a painting by Peter Paul Rubens and discuss how one or more of this week’s key concepts are featured in the painting.Identify the painting by title, and include citations for any material you’ve researched.Dq2Enlightenment and Industrial RevolutionGiven the information from this week’s reading on the Enlightenment, the New Rationalism, and the Scientific Revolution, how did advancements in science and reasoning change the lives of people at this time? In addition, what effects did the Industrial Revolution have on the world?Week 5 discussionDq1Photography and ArtIn the 19th century, the camera was a revolutionary invention. Did the invention of the camera change the arts? Why or why not?Is there a relationship between movements such as realism and impressionism and the camera?Dq2Realism and ImpressionismFor this week’s discussion, choose realism or impressionism as a basis for your posts and discuss how your choice is manifested in any area of the humanities (i.e., painting, sculpture, literature, music, etc.), and give an example from any discipline in the humanities to illustrate how realism or impressionism influenced the work of art. Please be sure to give an analysis of how the work of art was influenced by the movement.Week 6 discussionDq1Art and PoliticsThis week, we looked at several examples of early modernist art such as Cubism, Fauvism, futurism, and expressionism. Let’s discuss the relationships between these aesthetic categories and the sociopolitical climate of the period.How did the sociopolitical climate of the time period, including the two world wars, influence artists?Dq2Feminism and LiteratureLet’s connect the themes of the three readings and the lecture for this week to talk about how the ways feminist literature has influenced contemporary thinking?In your first post, share what you see the main themes or issues that were important the writer of at least one of the following feminist works:The Outside by Susan Glaspell (audio available in the lecture)A Society by Virginia WoolfThe Solitude of Self by Elizabeth Cady StantonBe sure to reference the specific elements of at least one of the readings or audio in your response. We’ll follow up as a class to connect these historical issues to present-day discussions of women and society.Week 7 discussionDq1Controversial Art and CensorshipAlthough controversial art is not a topic exclusive to the 20th century, the distribution of information regarding controversial art has increased with the proliferation of media. Please discuss an example of a 20th century controversial work of art from any discipline of the humanities (music, literature, sculpture, film, etc.) and an accompanying statement from the artist(s). Based on your example, to what extent does controversial art make a social contribution? Are governments ever justified in censoring art?Dq2Pop ArtWhat were some of the influences of the pop art phenomenon? Should we consider the creative elements of popular culture, which are very often mass produced works of art?Week 2 course projectCreate a proposal of 2 pages that references one academic scholarly source for the research project you intend to complete. This project should engage at least one academic source, should include an introduction and thesis to the best extent that you know it at this point in time, and should locate a central controversy that requires deft and subtle handling. Be sure to adhere to APA style for in-text citation and final reference page. (No cover page is needed.)Select a project from among those suggested on the Course Project page under Course Home or discuss a special topic with your professor.Submit your assignment to the Dropbox, located at the top of this page. For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read these step-by-step instructions.See the Syllabus section “Due Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date information.Week 3 course projectAnnotated Bibliography Assignment:This week (Part I) you are to create a complete Annotated Bibliography for 2 academic scholarly sources, which include your introduction and thesis, publication details, and the annotation (see below for examples of each component). In week 4, you will complete this process for 3 additional sources. A total of 5 academic-scholarly sources are required for completion of your final research project.Scholarship means thatthe author has a Ph.D. or other terminal degree,the work appears in a multi-volume, peer-reviewed journal,and has ample references at the end.Good annotationscapture publication details,offer a student introduction and thesis, anda detailed reading of the source, covering the following:Offers the student’s introduction and thesis to the best extent s/he knows it at this point in time,Summarizes key points, andidentifies key terms (using quotation marks, and citing a page in parentheses);Locates controversies or “problems” raised by the articles;States whether the student agrees or disagrees and gives reasons;Locates one or two quotations to be used in the final research project; andEvaluates the ways in which this article is important and has helped the student to focus his/her understanding.Example Introduction/Thesis to a Student Paper:It never ceases to amaze me that we pay so little attention to the greatest bulk of our intelligence—that is, the quality of thinking that helps us adapt, deal with stress, love, and live lives of fulfillment. Aristotle argued that educating the mind and not the heart is no education at all. For decades, educators have focused on cognitive skills because they are testable and, therefore, metrics can be applied to them. This kind of education, testing, and then metrically interpreting results has governed American education for decades. And the results have been losses of creativity, imagination, courtesy, civic interest, and the ability to invent businesses that serve people and advance us as a society. Although measurable skills are important, they are not exclusively important, and in fact lose value when separated from an education in the heart, the spirit, and the abstract qualities that make students fully human and excellent participants in a healthy society.Example Publication Detail Capture:Mezirow, J. (2003). Transformative learning as discourse. Journal of Transformative Education, 1(1), 58-63Annotation Example:In this article, Mezirow (2003) makes a distinction between “instrumental” and “communicative” learning. “Instrumental learning” refers to those processes which measure and gage learning, such as tests, grades, comments, quizzes, attendance records and the like. “Communicative learning,” on the other hand, refers to understanding created over time between individuals in what Mezirow calls “critical-dialectical-discourse,” (p. 59) which is a fancy way of saying, important conversation between 2 or more speakers. Another key idea Mezirow discusses is “transformative learning,” (p. 61) which changes the mind, the heart, the values and beliefs of people so that they may act better in the world. Mezirow argues that “hungry, desperate, homeless, sick, destitute, and intimidated people obviously cannot participate fully and freely in discourse” (p. 59). On the one hand, he is right: there are some people who cannot fully engage because their crisis is so long and deep, they are prevented. But, I don’t think Mezirow should make the blanket assumption that everyone in unfortunate circumstances is incapable of entering the discourse meaningfully. One thing is certain: if we gave as much attention to the non-instrumental forms of intelligence–like goodness, compassion, forgiveness, wonder, self-motivation, creativity, humor, love, and other non-measured forms of intelligence in our school curriculums, we’d see better people, actors in the world, and interested investigators than we currently have graduating high schoolSubmit your lab to the Dropbox, located at the top of this page. For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read these step-by-step instructions.See the Syllabus section “Due Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date information.Week 4 course projectAnnotated Bibliography Assignment:This week (Part II) you are to create a complete Annotated Bibliography for 3 academic scholarly sources, which include your introduction and thesis, publication details, and the annotation (see below for examples of each component). In week 4, you will complete this process for 3 additional sources. A total of 5 academic-scholarly sources are required for completion of your final research project.Scholarship means thatthe author has a Ph.D. or other terminal degree,the work appears in a multi-volumed, peer-reviewed journal,and has ample references at the end.Good annotationscapture publication details,offer a student introduction and thesis, anda detailed reading of the source, covering the following:Offers the student’s introduction and thesis to the best extent s/he knows it at this point in time,Summarizes key points, andidentifies key terms (using quotation marks, and citing a page in parentheses);Locates controversies or “problems” raised by the articles;States whether the student agrees or disagrees and gives reasons;Locates one or two quotations to be used in the final research project; andEvaluates the ways in which this article is important and has helped the student to focus his/her understanding.Submit your lab to the Dropbox, located at the top of this page. For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read these step-by-step instructions.See the Syllabus section “Due Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date information.Week 6 course projectThis week you are required to submit a draft of your paper. A “draft” does not imply sloppy, half-baked work–not at all. A draft is the most complete and impeccable presentation you can execute at this point in time. Drafts should be 5-7 pages, use at least 3 of your 5 academic resources, and be impeccably cited and formatted. End references are required, and APA (except for the cover page–not required) should be followed.Submit your lab to the Dropbox, located at the top of this page. For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read these step-by-step instructions.See the Syllabus section “Due Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date information.Week 8 course projectThis week you are required to submit your final paper. Your final paper should be 9-10 pages, and use 5 academic resources. It must be impeccably cited and formatted. End references are required, and APA (except for the cover page–not required) should be followed.Submit your lab to the Dropbox, located at the top of this page. For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read these step-by-step instructions.See the Syllabus section “Due Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date information.

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