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Syllabus
Humanities 100: Creative and Critical Thinking

Instructor: Dr. Robert (Rob) Casad

Internet at http://www.casad.org

Email at rfcasad@msn.com

Course Summary      Introduction        Course Guide          

     Creative and critical thinking introduces college students to rational thinking so that they might better understand and engage contemporary issues and problems.  The course introduces the characteristics of creative and critical thinking by pursuing the objectives and activities described below.   Each of the objectives/activities are worth 10 points and constitute 1/10 of the total points.  The specific assignments are listed in the course guide.

1. Students observe, analyze, and describe the characteristics of thinking related to experience and selective perception, social conditioning (habits of thought), and purpose (idealism and the Allegory of the Cave).  Student will characterize his/her thinking style.

2. Students study and evaluate the limits of rational thought by studying current problems and obstacles to solving those problems including concepts of overuse of the commons, cooperation and defection, limits and fairness. Students will reflect on rules involving limits.

3. Students identify and recognize their talents in the areas of music, spatial reasoning (fine arts/engineering), language, math, social interaction, athletics, self awareness, and understanding nature.  Student will describe a personal project to develop a particular talent. Student will identify and practice daily routines for developing and maintaining their talents.

4. Students describe and assess the characteristics of successful relationships among family, friends, colleagues, and supervisors and self.  Students will describe the characteristics of successful relationships.

5. Students know how to define problems, state issues, and identify inferences (rationalism, skepticism, and the scientific method).  Student will study and apply the key concepts of identity, representation, reference, figures of speech, and  attributes of scale. Student will research current conditions including population, resource distribution, fertility and mortality rates, and climate change.

6. Students describe and assess the characteristics of historical and popular paradigms (blood is thicker than water)  as to their function, role, limits, and the conditions under which they change.

7. Students analyze and assess the functions of myths, fiction, imagination, abstract reasoning, intuition, and story telling.

8. Students will review utilitarian and social justice values in terms of personal beliefs and desires and popular opinion regarding human nature. Students will define and describe human nature.

9. Students will review and assess the current differences between virtue ethics and modern moral philosophy. Students will prioritize four virtues primary to their personal and social lives.

10. Students develop, write, edit, and submit a world view statement.

Grade Scale

Over the course of the quarter, you can accumulate 106 points (10 points per weekly objective/activity, 4 points site and self assessment and 2 points extra credit).   The points will produce a decimal grade like this: 106-97(4.0), 96(3.9), 95(3.8), 94(3.7), 93(3.6), 92(3.5), 91(3.4), 90(3.3), 89(3.2), 88(3.1), 87(3.0), 86(2.9)...67(1.0 Lowest passing grade).  

To receive credit (points), the student must submit homework correctly up to three days before but not later than midnight on the due date. Correct submission procedures are defined in the course summary at www.casad.org  and repeated in the introduction and course guide at the Humanities 100 website. Unless the student has made arrangements at least three days ahead of time, I do not mark or return late homework (including incorrectly submitted homework resubmitted late) and will assess a ten-point penalty.  Homework received later than 4 days after the due date will not receive credit. 

Use standard college English in all of your correspondence and homework.  This may entail using a college English handbook.  A student can lose as many as 3 points each week for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, grammar, and usage errors in emails and homework.   To receive credit for a completed assignment (e.g. Student's Last Name1-3), the student must submit the assignment as a document file saved as a Word.doc or rich text format (.rtf) and attached to a complete email (salutation, text, and close).  Students must have their own or college email accounts by the time the first set of assignments is due. Plagiarizing (using someone else's work as your own including homework copied from a previous quarter) will result in a complete loss of points for the assignment and may result in a no-pass for the class.

 STUDENTS SUBJECT TO PROVISIONS OF AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

If you believe you qualify for course adaptations or special accommodations under the Americans With Disabilities Act, it is your responsibility to contact the Disabled Students Services Coordinator at Green River Community College and provide the appropriate documentation. If you have already documented a disability or other condition that would qualify you for special accommodations, or if you have emergency medical information or special needs I should know about, please notify me during the first week of the class. You can reach me at rfcasad@msn.com