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HUM 2270: East/West Synthesis

Class Theme: The Search for Meaning

When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.C.S. Lewis, On Three Ways of Writing for Children

Unless the measuring rod is independent of the things measured, we can do no measuring.C.S. Lewis, The Poison of Subjectivism

All people try to make sense of the rules of the world by developing ideas. These ideas flow in patterns, which we call worldviews. Peoples worldviews lead them to value certain things, which lead to particular convictions governing their behavior. These convictions solidify into habits that affect the way theyand otherslive.Jeff Myers, Understanding the Times

Professor Michael T. Jahosky: Please see my Website for more details about me: http://www.spcollege.edu/instructors/id/jahosky.michael

Main Required Textbook

1. The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions, by Karen Armstrong, the paperback edition with the four men on the front of the book!

*Make sure you get the paperback version of this book that looks just like this: it is important that you get the PAPERBACK VERSIONNOT THE HARDCOVER!

Saint Petersburg College Course Description:

Prerequisite: (ENC 0020 or ENC 0025) or EAP 1695 or satisfactory score on the CPT. This course is a study of non-Western cultures, including the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Emphasis is placed on acquiring knowledge of non-Western arts, values, and ideas relative to Western culture and developing an awareness of a world community. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements. (Credit is not given for both HUM 2270 and HUM 2270H.) 47 contact hours.

Professors Class Description:

My class curriculum focuses on introducing students to non-western and western worldviews and comparing various ultimate issues of self, truth and meaning, religion, and morality. As such, my class focuses onbut is not limited tothe following disciplines of the Humanities: History, Religion, Philosophy and Logic, Morality, and Literature. This is not an art history class, though students will be exposed to several iconic examples of the visual and performing arts during our survey. The class curriculum focuses on the following civilizations primarily during their formative historical periods in the ancient world: India, China, Israel, and Greece. Despite the fact that Japan is not mentioned in our textbook, I also include it in the curriculum. I have selected the ancient world period and these civilizations because they have given us the most popular worldviews that continue to shape the lives of people today. My goal to is help students see life and ultimate issues from at least these four points of view and to understand the worldviews that are shaping the lives and destinies of people today. Most importantly, I want students to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for thinking through complex issues pertaining to each of our lives.

Class Policies:

1. Late Work Policy: All students get 1 and only 1 chance to make up 1 missed assignment. Any late work that is the result of family, health, or work emergency requires signed paperwork to prove why you were unable to complete your work.

1. Attendance Policy: If a student accumulates 6 or more unexcused absences prior to the W deadline, that student will be dropped from the class for insufficient attendance and participation. If a student accumulates 6 or more unexcused absences after the W deadline, their final grade will suffer a dropped letter grade. An excused absence must be verified via documentation presented to the professor; excused absences include illnesses, family emergencies or other extreme or dire circumstances (within reason). Documentation (i.e. doctors notes, hospital visitation/badges, jury duty, etc) is required for all excused absences.

1. Tardiness Policy: Please arrive before class starts or on time. If you make a habit (3 or more times) of being tardy, I will begin to mark them as absences after the third tardy, regardless of you being there or getting up and walking out. So do not make it a habit! What is on time? It means before or by the beginning of your class section time (i.e. 930am, 11am, 1230pm, etc). Because I know parking is an issue most times, I am grating everyone a 5 minute window (i.e. 935am) to be considered on time before being counted tardy.

1. Plagiarism is absolutely not tolerated. Any student caught plagiarizing will receive an automatic 0 after I speak with the student, and any other student involved will also receive a 0 for permitting this

1. Online sources whether they be Google searches, Wikipedia, Encyclopedias or otherwise are strictly prohibited. All the information you need is in your class textbook or in a library or scholarly online database. See me before attempting to use any online outside source, or you will receive a 0 automatically!

1. Please consult the syllabus frequently for information about readings, assignments, grading questions, policies, and due dates for assignments.

1. Electronics and Talking Policy: This class has plenty of opportunity for you to talk to me and your fellow students; do not talk amongst yourselves when I am lecturing or leading discussion. Under no circumstances are you allowed on your cell-phones at any time unless you have a personal emergency and have notified me first. You will be told ONCE to stop, then asked to leave. I have a zero tolerance policy about this.

1. Computer Policy: Front row only, no exceptions.

Contact Information:

Instructor: Professor Jahosky

Contact: [email protected] or MyCourses email (preferred!)

Office Hours and Location: HS 125 (The Humanities Building on Gibbs Campus/Virtual Office on MyCourses)

Office Telephone: 727-341-4276

Mondays and Wednesdays: 830-930am, 2pm-5pm

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 830am-930am, 330pm-5pm

Fridays: Digital Office Hours: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Spring 2018 Class Sections, Times and Locations: All classes are Mondays and Wednesdays in TE 235

Section 2981, 930am

Section 2983, 11am

Section 2985, 1230pm

Please review the colleges syllabus addendum before the end of the first week.



Dean of Fine Arts and Humanities: Dr. Jonathan Steele, Clearwater Campus, CR 154

Department Chair/Academic Coordinator: Nancy Smith, Gibbs Campus, HS 118

Office Location: Crossroads Building/Humanities Building, SAINT PETERSBURG GIBBS CAMPUS


If you wish to request accommodations as a student with a documented disability, please make an appointment with the Learning Specialist on campus. If you have a documented hearing loss, please contact the Program for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing at 791-2628. If you need assistance during an emergency classroom evacuation, please contact your campus learning specialist immediately about arrangements for your safety. The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities can be reached at 791-2628 or 791-2710 (CL), 341-4758 (SP/G), 394-6108 (SE) 712-5789 (TS) or 341-4532 (AC).


The student survey of instruction is administered in courses each semester. It is designed to improve the quality of instruction at St. Petersburg College. All student responses are confidential and anonymous and will be used solely for the purpose of performance improvement.

Grading Scale (Percentage Gradebook)Yes I will consider rounding up on .5%

100%-89.5%= A

89.4%-79.5%= B

79.4%-69.5%= C

69.4%-59.5%= D

59.4%-Below= F

Required Materials and Documents:

1.Working computer (or access with Student ID on campus to a computer) and consistent, reliable internet connection

2. 1 blue or black pen; 1 red pen for grading

3. A 3 or 5 subject notebook

4. Class textbook

5. Adventure Map (Download from MyCourses on first day and save to your computer or thumb drive)

6. Class Syllabus (print and read from MyCourses on first day)

7. Index Cards

The Adventure Map (Typed homework): 30% of your final grade: A worldview is a map of reality and life. This fully typed portfolio-like assignment will be turned in in Unit segments at the end of each Unit online in dropboxes. Answers to the questions can be found in a combination of three places: Class lectures, class textbook, and the Unit PowerPoints. There are 3 Units. Each Unit will have a variety of different questions based on the lectures and the assigned readings (the readings are printed at the beginning of each Unit). At the end of each Unit, you will submit that Unit, including the Cultural Project for that Unit. The cultural project is part of the Unit. Please read the directions on the Adventure Map after reading about it here on the syllabus.

Cultural Projects (20% of your final grade): In this class, we will be surveying five major civilizations: China, India, Israel, Greece, and Japan. These civilizations worldviews gave us our major secular and religious traditions today and continue to exert great influence in the marketplace of ideas.

In each Unit, I ask you to complete a specific project that will help you learn more about the worldviews which come from that culture. Please see the Adventure Map for descriptions of these assignments, which are built in to Units I-III (there is no Cultural Experience Project for Unit IV!).

Unlike your other typed answers (the textbook and lecture questions), for these projects, I am lookin

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