HISTORY 125  Humanities from the Renaissance to the Present.  Spring 2019  10:40-11:35 a.m.

Pre-1800 and Regional CORE credit.   Pre-1800 and Survey for History major or minor.

Prof. Maryanne Horowitz 
Office: Swan 314   323-259-2583 (x2583 on campus) 
Office Hours:
Mon. 1:00-3:05 p.m. &  8:00-8:20 a.m Wed.  and Fri.   Also by appointment

Books for Purchase: (bookstore or used same edition at Amazon.com)

Lawrence S. Cunningham, John J. Reich, and Lois Fichner-Rathus, Culture & Values: A Survey of the Humanities, vol. 2, 9th edition, CENGAGE  Paperback recommended. Students who wish may use Mindtap on-line 9th edition, but class exams will be long and short essays only.


To gain familiarity with major cultural movements (artistic, literary, philosophical) in the history of Western Civilizations 

To experience the process of interpreting major movements and ideas in early modern, modern, and contemporary European and American cultures.

To learn basic methods of historical investigation, particularly analysis of textual and visual sources.    DOCUMENT ANALYSIS FORM 

To develop skills in historical argument, critical analysis, writing, and oral presentation. 

Plan to read the chapter before the week assigned and review sections discussed in class after the class.

Read Culture & Values, ch. 13 The High Renaissance and Mannerism in Italy

1)     Wed., Jan. 23 
Fri., Jan. 25  Discuss p. 579 on MLK and Gandhi; discuss pp. 445-449 on men and women at court according to Castiglione, Venetian courtesans like Veronica Franco, and courtesans compared in Europe and Japan

2)     Mon., Jan. 28
Wed., Jan. 30
Fri., Feb. 1


Read Ch. 14 “The High Renaissance in Northern Europe and Spain”


3)     Mon., Feb. 4
Wed., Feb. 6
Fri., Feb. 8  Pass in typed paragraph on plan for paper 1.


Read Ch. 15  The Seventeenth Century”

4)     Mon., Feb. 11
Wed., Feb. 13
Fri., Feb. 15 Please bring  2 drafts of paper for paper workshop (reading on another topic).


5)     Mon. is a holiday, President’s Day.

   Wed. Feb. 20  Paper 1 Due. Pick a “Compare and Contrast” from ch. 13, 15, 19, 20. Add 2 books and 2 scholarly articles to     your Works Cited. Write a 4-page typed paper (Times Roman, 12 Point, 1 inch margins) with M.L.A. parenthetical notes on  your interpretation.
Wed., Feb. 20
Fri., Feb. 22


Chs. 16-18 not assigned except for readings during spring vacation below. Read ch. 19 on “The Eighteenth Century”

6)     Mon., Feb. 25
Wed., Feb. 27
Fri., Mar. 1


7)     Mon., Mar. 4 Meet in OMAC Lab, bottom floor near Writing Center in Academic Commons  Confirmed date of exam 1  (chs. 13, 14, 15,19)
Wed., Mar. 6
Fri., Mar. 8


Spring Vacation Read pp. 560-63 on Mexican nationalism, pp. 591-2 (China today), pp. 595-99 (Japanese arts), pp. 608-615 on slavery and colonialism and African literature.


Read ch. 20 “Europe and America: 1800-1870”

8)     Mon., Mar. 18
Wed., Mar. 20
Fri., Mar. 22

Read ch. 21 “Toward the Modern Era”

 9)  Mon., Mar. 25
      Wed., Mar. 27
      Fri., Mar. 29

Ch. 22 “The World at War: 1914-1945”

10) Mon., Apr. 1
       Wed., Apr. 3
        Fri., Apr. 5  Submit a typed paragraph proposal for the paper due April 26.  Include a “Works Cited” with your two key primary sources.

11)  Mon., Apr. 8    Be reading this week in ch. 23 only “Some Trends in Contemporary Literature” pp. 857-863.
      Wed., Apr. 10  Student analysis texts 23.1, .2, .5, .6,. 7, .8, .9
       Fri., Apr. 12  Student analysis of texts 23.10, .11, .12, .13

Ch. 23 “The Contemporary Contour”

12) Mon., Apr. 15 Confirmed date of exam 2. Meet in OMAC Lab, same as last time. (Chs. 20, 21, 22, pp. 857-863, and assigned readings in chs. 16-18).

Lectures on art movements discussed in Ch. 23.
      Wed., Apr. 17
       Fri., Apr. 19   Typed “Works Cited” of paper 2 due including some scholarly secondary sources (such as articles from JSTOR, chapters in a book)

13) Mon., Apr. 22  Oral presentations of points students plan to make in paper 2.
     Wed., Apr. 24
     Fri., Apr. 26  Paper 2 due.  Compare 2 works of visual art or of literature/philosophy to show differences in historical periods as well as in individual expression. Several possible topics have been discussed in class which emphasize a later creative work influenced by an earlier one or one from a foreign culture. 4 typed pages with M.L.A. parenthetical references. Works Cited to include at least 2 books and 2 scholarly articles.

14) Mon., Apr. 29 Evaluations. Last class.

GRADING: 20% each: Class attendance and participation, Exam 1, Paper 1, Exam 2, Paper 2.

Participation: expect students to take down specific individual assignments in class for critically analyzing texts or images in the next class period.


This Class Policies: Medical note required to miss exam or class presentation. Paper preparation is long term with expectation of early drafts and later improvements; therefore paper-as-is must be passed in at paper deadline even if medical note allows a time extension for final draft.  Full attendance expected. Computers during class are only for note-taking and for looking at websites of this class (Syllabus, MOODLE)  Papers are handed in to the Professor (not emailed);  l grade off for each class day late.


The Writing Center (located on the Ground Floor of the Academic Commons) offers students from all disciplines two types of support to work on their writing: peer-to-peer, drop-in consultations with knowledgeable Writing Advisers, Sunday through Thursday from 7:00-11:00 p.m., and appointments with Faculty Writing Specialists from the Writing and Rhetoric department. Remember to bring your class paper assignment and your drafts to an appointment.  Information about the Writing Center and a link to the appointment system is on the WC website:          https://www.oxy.edu/writing-center.

College Policy on Academic Honesty: Current policy at http://www.oxy.edu/student-handbook/academic-ethics/academic-ethics.   This class helps prevent plagiarism by teaching you how to note either quoted or summarized in Endnotes, and Primary and Secondary Source Bibliographies in University of Chicago Style (See guidebook by Turabian or Hacker).  It is appropriate to bring an early draft of your paper to faculty office hours to discuss whether you are properly putting reading into your own words and putting quotation marks when borrowing phrases, and whether you are making notation for both your summaries and your quotations.

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