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Humanities I, v1

0.5 Carnegie Unit 

Instructor: Rebecca Fava

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Instructor Information:

Hi all! My name is Rebecca Fava. I have taught for 9 years, and currently teach several Social Studies and English courses for UMHS.

I love continuing my education, and hope to go back again someday! :) I received my BS in Business from the University of Tennessee at Martin, my JD from Ole Miss, and my MA in History from the University of Memphis.

My husband and I, along with our dog, live in Memphis. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at As this is an online course, it is very important that you check your Ole Miss email. That is how I will communicate with you! Thanks!

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the email link in the "Communications & Tools" tab. NOTE: Whenever sending an email, please be sure to indicate your Course title and number in the subject line (ie, AP Art History).

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the HS department:

The University of Mississippi High School
P. O. Box 7959
University, MS 38677-0729

Phone: 662-915-1296
Fax: (662) 915-5138

Course Description:

Humanities takes you on a fascinating tour of some of the world's most significant examples of art, music, philosophy, and literature, from the beginnings of civilization to today. In Humanities, you will trace the formation and development of ancient and classical civilizations. The interrelationships of world political and social structures include the studies of history, literature, art, music, dance, drama, architecture, science and technology, geography, and government.


Required Textbook:

Culture and Values: A Survey of the Humanities, 8th Edition
Lawrence S. Cunningham University of Notre Dame, John J. Reich Visiting Professor, Syracuse University in Florence, Italy Lois Fichner-Rathus, College of New Jersey
ISBN-10: 1133945333 | ISBN-13: 9781133945338
NOTE: this book will be used for Humanities 1 and 2*.

If you are only taking Humanities 1, a less expensive option is to get:

Culture and Values: A Survey of the Humanities, Volume I 8th Edition
ISBN-13: 978-1133952442 | ISBN-10: 1133952445

To purchase an even less expensive ebook, you can order through Cengage directly at, or call customer service at 1 (800) 354-9706 and use this ISBN: ISBN 9781337145428.

* Humanities 2 is under development and is scheduled to be completed by the end of summer, 2016.

It is the student's responsibility to order his or her textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

You must make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. Understand how geography, economics, and politics have influenced the development of selected civilizations.
    1. Examine the geographic factors that shaped the growth of selected ancient and classical civilizations (e.g., topography, climate, location, etc.).
    2. Apply economic concepts and reasoning when evaluating social and political developments and issues of selected civilizations (e.g., imperialism, industrialization, governmental development, etc.).
  2. Understand the impact of science and technology on the historical development of selected ancient and classical civilizations.
    1. Explain the causes and consequences of agricultural and industrial movements in the formation of selected civilizations.
    2. Evaluate the role of geography in scientific and technological methods that impacted the progress of selected civilizations (e.g., inventions, discoveries, exploration, etc.).
  3. Understand the relationship of people, places, and environments of selected ancient and classical civilizations.
    1. Evaluate the role of environment and its place in the creation of music, art, literature, and other cultural aspects in selected civilizations (e.g., folk dances, poetry, mythology, etc.).
    2. Describe how place and environment affected the architecture of selected civilizations.
    3. Explain the cause and effect of the environment on human migration in selected civilizations through time and how this impacted culture.
    4. Assess the development and role of religion in selected civilizations.
    5. Identify significant people and their roles in the development of the fine arts associated with specific periods and movements within selected civilizations.
  4. Understand how civic responsibilities have been important to citizens in selected ancient and classical civilizations for the development of their political units.
    1. Describe political movements relevant to selected civilizations and their impact on culture.
    2. Identify significant political leaders in selected civilizations and their impact on culture.
    3. Evaluate the role of the citizens in the political process of selected civilizations.
  5. Understand the development of major forms of fine arts and literature in selected ancient and classical civilizations.
    1. Identify the major art forms and artists within a selected civilization and give examples of exemplary works in each form or technique (e.g., frescoes, murals, sculptures, opera, music, poetry, literature, etc.).
    2. Evaluate how the various art forms (e.g., music, literature, visual art, etc.) were affected and influenced by geographic, political, economic, and religious events and movements that occurred during a specific period.
    3. Compare similarities and differences in art forms of selected civilizations.

Course Outline:

Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Start Here Syllabus NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.
Syllabus and Orientation Quiz
Chapter 1: Beginnings
Journal, Quiz
Chapter 2: The Rise of Greece
Journal, Quiz
Chapter 3: Classical Greece and the Hellenistic Period
Journal, Quiz
Project 1: Athens v. Sparta
Powerpoint Project
Chapter 4: Rome
Journal, Quiz
Chapter 5: Ancient Civilizations of India and China
Journal, Quiz
Project 2: Rome or China
Powerpoint Project
Mid-course Exam
Proctored test to be scheduled and completed before continuing
Chapter 6: The Rise of the Biblical Tradition
Journal, Quiz
Chapter 7: Early Christianity: Ravenna and Byzantium
Journal, Quiz
Chapter 8: Islam
Journal, Quiz
Project 3: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism
Research Paper
Chapter 9: The Rise of Medieval Culture
Journal, Quiz
Chapter 10: The High Middle Ages
Journal, Quiz
Chapter 11: The Fourteenth Century: A Time of Transition
Journal, Quiz
Project 4: Dante's Inferno
Writing Assignment

Final Exam

NOTE: Be sure to complete ALL unfinished assignments before you take this test! Any assignments not completed before the final is taken will receive a grade of zero.

Proctored test to be scheduled and completed before continuing

Grading Scale:

93 - 100% = A
85 - 92% = B
75 - 84% = C
70 - 74% = D
Below 69% = F

The grading format is as follows:

Journals: 10%
Quizzes: 25%
Projects and Essays: 25%
Proctored Exams: 40%