Georgia Highlands College HUMS 2011/IDIS 1101

Basic Course Information Spring 2010, Kemper (F-136)


Class time - 12:30-1:45 p.m. MW

Withdrawal Deadline – March 4 (last day to withdraw with a “W”)


IDIS 1101 - 20349 (3 credit hours) Interdisciplinary Studies 1101—Social and Cultural Issues


This special topics interdisciplinary course encourages the development of critical and analytical thinking on issues in society and culture.  The topics may be taught by instructors representing different academic disciplines.  The courses will encourage students to think critically and coherently, and to recognize ways academic subjects interact with one another.


Humanities 2011 – 20348 (3 credit hours) – Studies in Humanities


A thematic approach to individual and social concerns in the humanities.  Focus on theme allows students to observe diverse but coherent patterns of thought and events underlying major concepts and dilemmas of civilized life and to come to a clearer realization of how creative expression both reflects and influences our view of ourselves and our world.


Special Topic


Drama - “All the World's a Stage”:  Cultural and Literary issues related to the plays to be featured in Georgia Highlands College's annual Alabama Shakespeare Festival Trip. (Trip participation is strongly recommended but not required.)




English 1101




Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Signet Classics Newly Revised Edition, 1998 (ISBN 978-0-451-52692-2)


“The Gold Bug” and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe, Dover Thrift Editions, 1991 (ISBN 978-0-486-26875-0)


The Fall of the House by Robert Ford, Working Draft, 2007 (available only in the GHC book store)








Changes in Course Plan/Instructor absences


The instructor reserves the right to alter dates, material covered, or format of any exam after notifying the students in advance.


Any anticipated absence by the instructor (to attend professional meeting, etc.) will be announced no later than the class period just prior to the expected absence, and students will be told what will take place during class time while the instructor is absent. In the event of an unexpected absence by the instructor (due to illness, etc.) an effort will be made to notify students or to find someone else to meet the class. (There are no provisions for substitute teachers at colleges.)


Disability Support


Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability may discuss this with the instructor or contact Student Support Services (706-295-6336). This should be done as early in the semester as possible. GHC has resources available for students with certain disabilities. Accommodations (such as providing materials in alternative formats, assuring physical access to classrooms, or being sensitive to interaction difficulties that may be posed by communication and/or learning disabilities) may be made through Student Support Services on all campuses.


Special Note


To students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations

state that if a student does not attend classes and receives

failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class.  Students who have passed at least one class for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly

withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time he/she signed the

withdrawal form.


Electronic Devices


All electronic devices (cell phones,laptops, etc.) will be turned off and stored out of sight during class. It is not appropriate to leave class to take a phone call.


Course Description


These courses encourage the development of critical and analytical thinking on issues in society and culture.  In this course the plays to be seen during the Alabama Shakespeare Festival trip will be used as a basis to explore the author, the cultural background, and the stylistic qualities of the plays; to examine the human and cultural values brought out in the plays; to consider theatrical conventions from both a historical and functional perspective; and to examine the audience's role in live theatre.  These topics will be explored through readings, computer-assisted research, class discussions, video viewing, interaction with guest speakers, and other activities.




Grading will be based on ongoing demonstration of familiarity with the material covered and the successful completion of class projects, activities, and assignments rather than on test results.



Distribution of Grade


Complete reading assignments by the assigned dates and demonstrate an awareness of reading content through class discussions and/or written summaries or commentaries.


See videos and demonstrate content familiarity orally or in writing.


Complete class projects and participate in class activities, including on guest speaker days.


Write essays (probably 1-3) based on the readings and course content; one paper will be based on the ASF trip productions. (Those who are unable to take part in the ASF trip will be given an alternative assignment for this paper.)*




*The class paper or papers and possibly some other assignments may be submitted to is an Internet service subscribed to by GHC in order to encourage originality and careful documentation of all research used in student papers. Papers submitted to are compared to numerous active and archived Internet sites, other publications, and’s database of submitted student papers. Since does compare submitted student papers, you should be careful to not let another student use your work since you could be implicated in a plagiarism or excessive collaboration situation, both of which are prohibited by the college’s Academic Integrity Code. The class paper or papers, as well as computer research activities and possibly other class assignments, support the college’s QEP of Information Competency ( ).


Grading Scale


The grading scale will be as follows: A 90-100; B 80-89, C 70-79, D 60-69, F below 60.






You are expected to attend all class sessions. Also, you must arrive at class on time if you expect to have the opportunity to receive full credit for the day’s discussion, activities, viewing, etc. In the rare case of an unavoidable absence, you should immediately contact your instructor by email or phone at or 706-368-7626 or 1-800-332-2406. Absences may be excused if you promptly notify the instructor about a serious problem that prevents attendance. Notification should be made before or on the day of the absence if at all possible and no later than two days after the missed class. In addition to the initial prompt notification, you will need to hand me a written request for an excused absence the first day you return to class. The written request must have your name, the current date, the course name and section number, the date of the class missed, a brief statement of the reason for the absence, and your signature. If you have a medical excuse, attach a copy to your written request. Please note that any absence—excused or not—may interfere with your ability to succeed in the class.  It is your responsibility to find out about assignments made or information presented during the missed class.


By Humanities Division policy if any student accumulates 5 unexcused absences in a class that meets two days a week, he or she may not return to class without appealing to the division chair. This appeal must be made within five days after the fifth absence. Three “lates” equal one unexcused absence.




Work must be completed in a timely manner. Late work will receive either no credit or reduced credit as determined by the instructor. Makeup work resulting from an excused absence must be completed within one week. Any requests for makeup work due to an anticipated extended absence must be approved in advance by the instructor and then by the division chair.




Any work you submit should be your own. Ideas or information taken from print, video, broadcast, or computer accessed sources must be acknowledged.  Plagiarism will result in a reduced grade (possibly a “0” or “F”) for the assignment and may also result in a lower or failing course grade. The Georgia Highlands College “Academic Integrity Code” and polices on student conduct are located in the GHC “Student Guide and Planner” and in the student handbook at . There you will find a detailed definition of plagiarism and other types of academic dishonesty and a description of the procedures and sanctions relating to violation of the Code.




Course Outcomes for HUMS 2011/IDIS 1101


  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of the content of reading assignments through class discussions and/or written summaries or commentaries.



  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills orally and in writing as they recognize differing perspectives and analyze and interpret written literary works and live and/or filmed theatrical performances.


  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of cultural and/or historical issues related to the plays being studied through class discussions and/or written comments as well as interactions with guest presenters.



GHC Student Learning Outcomes for HUMS 2011/IDIS 1101


Communication: (2) Students will demonstrate their ability to read, analyze, and comprehend college level written texts.


Critical Thinking: (1) Students will be able to recognize differing perspectives and points of view.


Humanities: (3) Students will gain a deeper perspective on cultural issues relevant to the humanities. (4) Students will understand historical issues pertinent to their coursework in the humanities.