Humanities in the Ancient World
Fall Semester 2017
Description: This course will study man of the ancient world through the perennial sources of wonder symbolized by the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
August 28 Introduction to Syllabus, Grid and Wonder
August 30 Who is man? Why study Humanities?
September 4 Labor Day
September 6 Gaudium et Spes, par. 1-10
September 11 Gaudium et Spes, par.11-22
September 13 Pyramids
September 18 Pyramids
September 20 Pyramids
September 25 Hanging Gardens of Babylon
September 27 Hanging Gardens of Babylon
October 2 Hanging Gardens of Babylon
October 4 Statue of Zeus
October 9 Statue of Zeus
October 11 Statue of Zeus
October 16 Temple of Artemis
October 18 Temple of Artemis
October 23 Temple of Artemis
October 25 Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
October 30 Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
November 1 Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
November 6 Colossus of Rhodes
November 8 Colossus of Rhodes
November 13 Colossus of Rhodes
November 15 Lighthouse of Alexandria
November 20 Lighthouse of Alexandria
November 22 Lighthouse of Alexandria
November 27 Complete work on grids.
November 29 Share final papers
December 4/6 Finals Week
Topics and dates are subject to change depending on class participation/interest, etc.
It is expected that students will attend all classes. Sickness for either on campus or off campus students is a legitimate excuse for absence. Seminarians are to communicate to the instructor through a fellow seminarian before class begins. Sickness, inclement weather and traffic are possible excuses for off campus students. Students are asked to communicate by phone or e-mail directly to the instructor.
This class will be a participative study. On the first day of classes the students will be given a grid (see attached). Through class work, discussion, and research outside of class, it is expected that the grid (one for each of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) will be completed and handed in by each student. Throughout the semester it will be the responsibility of each student to come prepared to complete the grid of the corresponding Wonder being pondered. If a student chooses, the grid could be completed in the format of a time line. It may be presented on paper or as a power point presentation.
The mid-term measurement will be a three page paper (double-spaced) answering this question: Who is man and what are the characteristics unique to man?
The final will be a four page paper (double-spaced) entitled: What has man of the ancient world given to man today? Quote at least three sources other than those found on the internet. Use the knowledge that you have gained through our class study. Be particularly attentive to Father Rutler’s insights about THE MAN, Jesus in his reflections on the Seven Last Words of Christ. Please present a first draft to me.
Grading Rubric: Content and Writing
Serious improvement needed
Error free grammar, mechanics, usage
Gaudium et Spes, Vatican Council II Document, The Church in the Modern
World, paragraphs 1-22. (Available on the Vatican web site)
G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1925, Introduction, Part One, Chapter I: “The Man in the Cave” and Part Two, Chapter I: “The God in the Cave” and Part Two, Chapter III: “The Strangest Story in the World.”
Much of the reading for this class will be library and internet research for the purpose of completing the grid on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Evaluation will be done through these questions:
Are students prepared for class discussion?
Do students demonstrate the ability to reflect on “causes for wonder”?
Do written assignments reflect that the objectives of the course are being met?
Does the grid project reflect a comprehensive integration of the participative study?
Does the final paper present an understanding of man as a cause for wonder?
Grading: ¼ class participation, ¼ mid-term paper, ¼ final paper, ¼ final grid
Chesterton, G.K., The Everlasting Man, Dodd, Mead & Company, Inc., 1925
L.DeBlois and R.J. Van Der Spek, An Introduction to the Ancient World, Routledge, 270
Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10016, Second Edition 2008
Rutler, Father George, The Seven Wonders of the World: Meditations on the Last Words
of Christ, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1993.
Thorndike, Jr., Joseph, ed., Discovery of Lost Worlds, American Heritage Publishing
Co., Inc. New York, 1979
Disabilities Accommodation Policy
Students in this course seeking accommodations to disabilities must first consult with the Disabilities Resource Center in the Registrar’s Office and follow the instructions of that office for obtaining accommodations.
Academic Honesty Policy
Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.
In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own. At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.
Students, where applicable:
Consequences of Academic Dishonesty
Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously. Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.
An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.To request an incomplete, students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student. Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.
Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course. A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.
About Your Professor
Sister Mary Anne Linder, F.S.E.
Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist
Motherhouse: Meriden, CT
Office Phone: 860-632-3044
Office: St. Peter’s third floor (306)
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