Humanities 100: Creative and Critical Thinking
Satisfies 5 Quarter Credits College Transfer General Education Requirements
Green River College
Auburn, Washington  98092

Spring 2016 Sections 4895 and 4999 March 28th to June 10th

Summary   Introduction  

Course Guide   Syllabus   Resource Quotes

Instructor: Robert Casad, PhD

Welcome Spring 2016 Students to Humanities 100, Creative and Critical Thinking. I trust you have reviewed the summary at Bookmark/favorites this page and the summary at this website www.casad.orgYour first task is to read through this introduction.  Your next task during this first week and by Friday April 1st is to send me your email address and tell me that you understand the course procedures and can navigate the website.  Put Humanities 100 in the subject line of all your emails. You will do all of your work at which is on the web and does not require access to Canvas or a password.   If you have questions, you can always send an email to (

Later, write and save your homework assignments in a correctly labeled document file--save as your last name followed by the weeks included, e.g.,  Student's Last Name1-3 doc.  Add assignments to the file each week. Then, when you send the file, attach (paper clip, insert file, open) your file to your email. Do not send a folder or zipped files; send a single document file with the correct file label.   Use standard email conventions (salutation, short message, close) in your email.  Send to   The assignment schedule is in the summary and the course guide.

I will read your homework, comment, and grade it consistent with the assignments and weights defined in the summary, course guide, and syllabus. I will respond to your homework within three days, usually sooner.  If each week you briefly summarize the reading assignment and explain the purpose or thesis, complete the writing task, and explain a relevant quote (to the week's topic) from the Resource Quotes, you will do well. As I note in the syllabus, I do not mark or return late work.  Edit and proofread your writing since I will take off points for non-standard format, punctuation, grammar, and usage in emails as well as documents. (Use a college level English handbook and a college desk dictionary.) Do not plagiarize (i.e., submitting another's ideas or writing as your own--see syllabus). 

Beginning Thoughts
Our project this quarter is to introduce you to the different ways of understanding the world. We will follow the principle that knowledge of the truth entails knowing when one is mistaken.  In the past, students have developed this concept to include relative gains in aspects of creative and critical thought.  Below I have listed some of these thoughts and hope you will seek gains during the quarter.

  1. Have more second thoughts.
  2. Ask questions.
  3. Analyze problems.
  4. Analyze others’ opinions.
  5. Analyze before judging.
  6. Find new thoughts.
  7. Tolerate ambiguity.
  8. Make fewer mistakes.
  9. Am intrigued by simple things.
  10. Question what I know and think.
  11. React differently to situations.
  12. Analyze choices.
  13. Accept different explanations if testable.
  14. Contribute and test my explanations.
  15. Think twice.
  16. Comprehend more while reading.
  17. See more options.
  18. Am more open-minded and analytical.
  19. Know what people are talking about.
  20. Form more habits of thought.
  21. Think when challenged
  22. Have improved relationships.
  23. Use new ways to solve problems.
  24. Find better way to live life.
  25. Understand more concepts.
  26. Form theories that explain more.
  27. Am more open minded and confident.
  28. Accept and use a variety of thoughts.
  29. Consider thoughts in conflict with my own.
  30. Concentrate more and without interruption.

I was asked "...what suggestions do you have to being a successful student in your class?"  Review all the links. Read and write online. Write down and look up unfamiliar words. Open a web screen and a writing (document) file at the same time. Label your first set of homework with your last name followed by the weeks included (student's last name1-3).  Learn to move back and forth between web and writing file. Learn to cut and paste but do not copy unless you quote the source.  Take the notes and develop your own copy.  Stay on task for an hour or two...more if you are fit for it.  For the course as a whole, work to the end, do not give up, finish with the world view and extra credit.  To be successful you must finish. Improvement counts. Be sure to proofread and edit your drafts (spell check, grammar check, make every word count--edit out wordiness).  There is a resource link Writingsiteresource.htm at

There is an example first assignment in the Course Guide under Assignments. Write about what you think, not about what you think others think or should do. When you work on your assignments and are developing your responses, be sure to provide specific, concrete examples.   Use "For example," or "e.g.," (example given).  Avoid using "you" second person; use "I" first person.  This advice is especially true of the relevant quotes (to the week's topic) from resources. Follow the assignment instructions for format and content. Always try to improve--Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow-----Plato.

At the end of the quarter I will ask you about the progress you have made (self assessment).  You will need to talk to significant other people about this and offer me a candid answer as to your progress. 

There is no textbook required for this class.  Follow the course guide

Your work and your learning (your commitment to knowledge and the truth) are the pivot between the traces of critical and creative thinking. Imagine a teeter-totter with creative the teeter, learning the mechanical center, and critical the totter. We are born teeters with the weight of creativity holding up a vast unknown. We die totters with our critical eyes viewing our created lives.