Intro to Humanities module 1

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Engagement and participation are important aspects of any college
course. For this online course your engagement and participation are
partly determined by your presence on the Discussion Boards.

Every student should make at least one original contextual analysis
post and two comments to other students’ posts for each module. Posts
should be in full, grammatically correct sentences that create at least
one solid response of at least 600 words–make sure you include a word
count. The 600 word count does NOT include any headers or references
section. All posts must be relevant to the assigned materials (although
you may build upon previous knowledge from earlier weeks and include
personal observations). Start by answering the prompt, and then build
upon the prompt to consider your own perspectives and experiences. You
MUST attach photos and web links to support your position. An important
part of your grade for this assignment is to communicate with your
classmates. Because this is intended to be your opportunity to discuss
topics with your classmates, the professor/TA will generally refrain
from commenting or actively participating in the discussions aside from
reading and grading them.

Each of the two comments should be at least 200 words (include a word
count) on two different classmates’ posts each module to receive full

For this post, select one work of art (two-dimensional or
three-dimensional art) has NOT been already analyzed or extensively
discussed in the course readings or videos…part of the fun in learning
about art is in DISCOVERING it! You are required to make one post. In
a narrative format, the post should contain the following elements:

  • Define and Identify: Brief information about the artist and work.
    For example, birth/death dates, place of birth or work, where work is
    displayed, name of work, medium of work, context for creation of work.
  • Experience and Appreciation: For example, where you found the work
    (website, another book, museum), what made you select the work, what
    about this work speaks to you.
  • Observe and Analyze: Use and underline three terms that were
    introduced in the module to observe/analyze your chosen work. Add any
    other relevant information to improve your paper.
  • Critique and Compare: Compare your work to similar pieces or to
    examples used in the module. Consider the impact of the work on a
    particular social angle and/or the evolution of the media. Consider the
    impact of experiencing the work on your general outlook on the medium
    or appreciation of art.
  • Apply Social Angles AND Context: Identify at least one social angle
    from the list below that can be observed or analyzed as part of the
    work. Address how the social angle is connected to the work. Plus, a
    thorough contextual analysis of the historical, cultural, and social
    implications should be discussed.

      • race and ethnicity,
      • gender and sexuality,
      • class and highbrow/low,
      • colonialism, postcolonialism, place and regionalism,
      • nature (environment, ecology) and culture,
      • memory, history, generational identity,
      • food culture, and
      • body and mind

Students will be expected to define, identify, and apply at least three terms
(underline them so I can quickly find them) from the module in the
post. Make sure to underline the terms so that I can quickly identify
them. College-level writing and mechanics are expected; however, the
purpose of this assignment is to move from experiencing art to analyzing
art to evaluating art. Make
sure to include a references section at the end of every post, even if
you only cite the lecture video. All in-text citations and references
should be in MLA.

Comments: For
each of the two comments, select a classmate’s post, read the post,
critique the post, indicate your reaction to the chosen work, discuss a
comparison work from the module or any other outside source that is
similar to the work identified in the post, and either add personal
commentary or pose a question to stimulate conversation.

Here is a pdf file containing a discussion post from a previous
semester that earned an “A” to help give you an idea of what is
expected. Click HERE to view the example.

Discussion Board Grading:

Original Posts—30 points possible per module: Student has actively connected
with the materials and has made a thoughtful and engaging post that
considers multiple perspectives in relation to the readings and videos.
Correct grammar, spelling, and sentence structure are utilized, as well
as direct references to the course materials and an image of the
selected work. It is crucial
that you cite or reference some material from the class at least once
during each original post to earn full credit.
Minimum of 600 words per original post. Indicate your word count at the end of your post (example: “Word Count: 553”).

Comments—20 points possible per module (10 points per comment):
Student stimulates the conversation and has made a thoughtful comment
that is directly related to the original post. Correct grammar,
spelling, and sentence structure are utilized, as well as direct
references to the course materials. Minimum of 200 words per comment.
Indicate your word count at the end of your post (example: “Word Count: