This Course Covers Humanities from Prehistoric Times Through The21stcentury

This Course Covers Humanities from Prehistoric Times Through The21stcentury

Humanities 1 Syllabus

This course covers humanities from prehistoric times through the21stcentury.

Mondays and Wednesdays 8:55 am- 10:20 am Section 26741

Email: phone: 1-818-364-7600 ext. 4695

Office hours: Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 3:10 pm INST. Faculty Offices

Fall 2017 Los Angeles Mission College

Professor Lori Buchanan

Textbook: Landmarks in Humanities by Gloria K. Fiero

3rd edition

ISBN# 978-0073376646

You may purchase this textbook in the LAMC Bookstore.

Humanities 1 Course Description:

An introduction to the general concepts of the humanities. Mythology, music, history, philosophy, painting, drama, sculpture, architecture, and religion are studied and compared in relation to their background, medium, organization and style.

Student Learning Outcomes:

SLO #1: Analyze how the visual arts, music, and literature reflect social, political, and religious views of the society that produced them.

SLO #2: Compare and contrast world religions.

No makeup exams except for an emergency. I must have proof of the emergency in writing.


One quiz and one final exam. Please bring a large blue book for the quiz and black or blue pens. For the final exam, please bring one large blue book. Large blue books are available in the LAMC student store.


Museum Assignment: 10%

Group Presentation: 20%

Quiz: 30%

Final Exam: 40%

Schedule (note: schedule may change!):

Week 1

8/28 Welcome

8/30 Chapter 1

Week 2:

9/4 Holiday

9/6 Chapter 1

Week 3:

9/11 Chapter 2

9/13 Chapter 2

Week 4:

9/18 Chapter 3

9/20 Chapter 3

Week 5:

9/25 Chapter 4

9/27 Chapter 4

Week 6:

10/2 Chapter 5

10/4 Chapter 6

Week 7:

10/9 Chapter 7

10/11 Chapter 7

Week 8:

10/16 Chapter 8

10/18 Chapter 8

Week 9:

10/23 Quiz

10/25Chapter 9

Week 10:

10/30 Chapter 9

11/1 Chapter 10

Week 11:

11/6 Chapter 10

11/8Chapter 11

Week 12:

11/13Chapter 11

11/15Chapter 12

Week 13:

11/20Chapter 13

11/22Chapter 14

Week 14:

11/27 Group Presentations

11/29Chapter 15

Week 15:



Week 16:

12/11 10 am - 12 noon Final Exam Please bring one large bluebook.

Museum Assignment:

During the semester, you will be required to visit one art museum. While there, you should take note of at least two pieces of art and write a one-page paper comparing and contrasting them. The paper will be due the day of the final exam.

You should visit one of the following museums, although if you want to visit one not on this list, please check with me before you go. Addresses for these museums are available through the links provided.

Norton Simon Museum ( This Pasadena museum has free admission for students with a valid ID and also has free parking. It has a wide collection of European art from the Renaissance through the 20th Century.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art ( The biggest museum in Los Angeles is near Wilshire Blvd and La Brea Ave close to Hollywood. It has artworks from all over the world from antiquity to the present. Admission is $10 for students, but is free on weekdays after 3 pm for Los Angeles County residents. Parking is not free.

Getty Center or Getty Villa ( The Getty Center is in West Los Angeles and has European art and photography and multiple special exhibitions. The Villa is in Malibu and requires an advance reservation to get a parking place. The Villa houses ancient Greek and Roman Art. Admission is free at both museums, but there is a fee to park.

The Broad ( - In Downtown Los Angeles, this museum has a large contemporary art collection with docents who roam the floor and can answer very specific questions about what you are seeing. Admission is free, but you should reserve a time through the museum’s website. Check in on the first of the month for best availability.

Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA ( There are three different sites for this museum. The permanent collection is on Grand Avenue in Downtown. There are special exhibitions at galleries in Little Tokyo and West Hollywood. As the name says, these museums are for contemporary art only. Student admission is $8, but the museum has free admission on Thursdays from 5-8 pm.



Students who have pre-registered for a class and who do not attend the first meeting of the class forfeit their right to a place in the class. Students are expected to attend every meeting of all classes for which he or she is registered. A student absent from classes for emergency reasons must inform the instructor of the reason for the absence.

Whenever absences “in hours” exceed the number of hours the class meets per week, the student may be excluded from the class by the instructor. This means if you miss more than one class, you may be excluded. It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop any class he/she does not continue to attend.

Students with Disabilities:

Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S) at Los Angeles Mission College is a support system that enables students to fully participate in the college’s regular programs and activities. DSP&S provides a variety of services from academic and vocational support to assistance with Financial Aid. If you are a disabled student and need a modification, special assistance or accommodation in order to participate in this class, alert the instructor promptly and contact the DSP&S office at 818 364-7732 or 818 364-7861. Modifications, special assistance or accommodations can only be made with proper documentation and coordination with DSP&S.

Management of Stress and Mental Health:

As a student, not only do you have the pressure of succeeding in school, you may also be contending with work, financial issues, relationships, managing time effectively, getting enough sleep, etc.The staff and faculty of Los Angeles Mission College are here to provide support that will help you to be successful in your academic pursuits. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services offered on campus, including counseling and mental health services, by either visiting the Student Health

Center (SHC), which is currently located in the Campus Services Building. Visit the SHC webpage at: or call: 818 362-6182.Consider entering the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number (1-800-273-8255)into your cell phone in case you or someone you know is in distress.

E-mail Policy: Please e-mail me from your LACCD e-mail, I will avoid e-mailing you at your personal e-mail address and only will do so in an urgent situation. Please find more information about setting up your LACCD e-mail account here:

Cheating and Plagiarism:

Cheating and Plagiarism is the “wrongful appropriation” and “stealing and publication” of another author’s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions” and the representation of them as one’s own original work. Plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty. The instructor reserves the right to determine if cheating or plagiarism has occurred; if it does the student will receive a “F” on the assignment or exam, and may receive a “F” for the course. Instances of plagiarism will be followed with a formal “Warning” and be reported to the supervising Dean.

Standards of Student Conduct: Students are expected to maintain a professional level of conduct to facilitate a learning environment. Use of profanity in classroom is not appropriate and will not be tolerated. Please see the LAMC College Catalog for more information on Student Conduct. Procedures as outlined in the College Catalog will be followed regarding student discipline.


In case of an emergency, please program the Sheriff’s phone number in your cell phone: (818) 364-7843.

Children and Animals: Children and animals are not allowed in the classroom for safety purposes (other than registered dogs that help people with disabilities).

Cell Phones: Turn them off or set to vibrate, as to not disrupt lectures and learning environment. Do not text, e-mail or use social media on your cell phone during class time. Conducting internet research for a project is okay during lab. time.

Break: Students are encouraged to take a break, not to exceed 10 minutes during the middle portion of the class. This is a non-smoking campus. Do not smoke near walkways or doorways.
Final: If you cannot attend the final you must make arrangements with the instructor prior to this date. A student who does not participate in the final or does not turn in the final assignment and does not qualify for an “Incomplete” will be assigned the grade of “F” for the final. This grade will be averaged in to determine the course grade.


NOTE: Short Term and Late Start Classes have different Add & Drop deadlines. Please check with your instructor.

Saturday Classes Begin: September 2

Last day to process Audit Add Request (In Person): September 10

Deadline to file for Pass/No Pass Grade: October 6
Deadline to file Graduation Petition for Spring 2017: October 31

Last Day for Section Transfer (Online Instructor Request): October 7

Classes End: December 17

FINAL EXAMS: December 11-17

Deadline to Add Online: August 28

Deadline to Add Full Term (16-week) Classes in Person: September 10

DROP CLASSES ON-LINE ONLY (16-week classes) Drop classes without incurring fees or with a refund (Registration/parking/non-resident fees/semester-length classes. Online only): September 10*

Drop classes without receiving a “W” (No refund and drop online only): September 11*

Drop classes with a “W” – A letter grade is required after this date forward - (Online only): November 19

*PLEASE NOTE: A “W” will appear on your transcript record after this date.

REMINDER: Course repetition is regulated by state guidelines, limiting students to a maximum of three (3) enrollments in a course, to include both substandard grades and withdrawals, unless otherwise specified in the course description.

LATE ENROLLMENT: The college reserves the right to cancel or extend late enrollment for reasons relating to student enrollment, level of financial support, or any other reason at the discretion of the LACCD (District) and Los Angeles Mission College.

Labor Day – September 4

Veterans Day – November 10

Thanksgiving – November 23 to November 26