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HUM-116 - Survey of Humanities II - Adam Kaiserman

Course:Survey of Humanities II
Professor:Adam Kaiserman
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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My name is Adam Kaiserman, and I am Professor of English at College of the Canyons as well as the chair of our Humanities Program. Before coming to College of the Canyons, I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine.

Course Description

How did we get here? This is the question that Robert Marks poses in his introduction to The Origins of the Modern World. We will be examining this question in this class, as we explore humanistic expressions in architecture, film, literature, music, philosophy, and the visual arts against the backdrop of world history from the late 15th-century to the present. In order to do this work, we will study world history on Tuesday. Then, on Thursdays, we will turn our attention to works of humanistic expression from the cultures we have examined. Our point of view will be anti-Eurocentric and comparative, as we examine the cross currents of ideas and forms between cultures.

I look forward to teaching you over this semester and to hearing from you soon.

What to Expect in this Course

  • Canvas modules follow a week by week organization with discussion boards based on the reading.
  • Generally, each assigned reading will have a discussion board question due on Friday and you will be expected to respond to two of your classmates by the close of Sunday. You will then respond to your peers again for Monday.
  • There will be low-stakes weekly quizzes.
  • There will be two creative papers and a midterm

Types of Assessments

  • There will be low-stakes weekly quizzes.
  • There will be two creative papers and a midterm
  • Reading journals

Textbook Information

Robert B. Marks The Origins of the Modern World, 4th edition (ISBN: 978-1538127032)

Other Relevant Course Information

As this is an online class, we will be using technology extensively. Be prepared to check your email regularly, submit typed assignments, access materials online frequently, access PDF files, and navigate Canvas. In case of technology failures, have a Plan B. College of the Canyons provides computer access at The Learning Center and the ASG Computer Lab. In addition, attendance is essential to your success. Attendance in an online environment is based on participation in the week’s discussion boards and completion of online assignments. Students who do not login and complete the discussion board by 11:59 p.m. on the first day of class will be dropped from the course as “No Shows.” Students who miss three discussion board posts will be dropped for excessive absences.



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Last updated: 08/31/2022 Sub#: 228