An introduction to the study of creativity in human life; its sources, development, social purpose, and role
in culture change. Students analyze creativity as a central source of meaning and purpose in their lives as
well as a development of their unique combination of human intelligences. Lives of creative people from all
over the world are examined and contextualized.
Instructor Information: Barbara Hoffman
Barbara Hoffman has Ph.D. in Art History from UCLA.
Office Location: DLC
EWRT 100B and Reading 100 (or Language Arts 100) ESL 172 and 173
This class is entirely online. There are NO on campus
meetings. Online courses are equivalent to on campus courses in terms of units and the number of hours required by students. Some students are under the mistaken impression that an online class requires less work because students do not attend class. However, instead of attending lectures, students will complete assigned readings, written assignments, tests, watch online videos and participate in online discussion forums.
This course is not self-paced. All assignments and tests have due dates, and late penalties will apply. An important factor for success in distance learning classes is the student's ability to organize, manage and realistically schedule their time in accordance with their own abilities.
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 12 hours a week studying and using the course materials.
With online courses, students are required to have access to
a working computer with a stable high speed internet
connection. Computer problems will not be an acceptable
excuse for missing exams or assignment deadlines. Computers
are available on campus in the Learning Center and in public
libraries. It is the student's responsibility to maintain
the functionality of their computer, network/ISP or find an
alternative solution in order to remain in the class.
REGISTERED STUDENTS: Complete the Online Orientation located
on the Distance Learning website and log in to Catalyst
during the first week of classes and complete the Course
Questionnaire by Friday at noon or you will be dropped for
Online Orientation may be found at
Catalyst may be found at: http://catalyst.deanza.edu
ADDING THE COURSE: After the registration period, students
may add the course ONLY if space is available. The
instructor will distribute add codes starting the first day
of classes if spaces are available.
1. Complete the Online Orientation
2. Log in to Catalyst during the first week by noon Friday
3. Complete the Course Questionnaire in Catalyst during the first week
4. Complete weekly reading assignments
5. Pass two online exams
6. Watch creativity videos
7. Complete three written assignments
8. Participate in four online discussion forums
DROPPING THE COURSE: Any enrolled students who do not
complete the Online Orientation and log in to Catalyst
during the first week of classes and complete the Course
Questionnaire by Friday at noon will be dropped to make
space for students wishing to add.
After the first week, it is the student's responsibility to
drop, not the instructor's, and to adhere to all drop
However, the instructor reserves the right to
drop inactive students who do not complete assignments and
exams according to the course deadlines.
During this course students will:
Examine and evaluate the lives and contributions of creative individuals in a variety of cultural domains including philosophy, politics, science, art, music, and dance from antiquity through the present.
Identify and explain the meaning and purpose of culture as
well as the role that the Humanities, as expressions of
human creativity, occupy within a culture.
Access and evaluate cognitive theories and their connection
Analyze the synthesize elements of creative personality and
Examine and analyze the developmental states of creative
Recognize and analyze issues of equity in creativity, with
specific focus on race, ethnicity, class, and gender
throughout the world.
Gloria Fiero, Landmarks in the Humanities. McGraw Hill.
Students may use the 1st or 2nd edition. Used 1st edition texts are very reasonably priced under $10.00 and can be obtained through used booksellers such as Amazon or BookFinder.com. The text is also available in the campus bookstore.
The textbook is available on reserve in the campus Learning Center.
If you are planning to purchase the text from an online bookseller, it is recommended that you do so as soon as possible to avoid shipping delays.
Students will complete THREE WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS.
Instructions and due dates are listed on the Assignment
Schedule in Catalyst.
Students are required to participate in online DISCUSSION
FORUMS by posting written responses to assigned topics. All
posts are graded by instructor.
Submission of Assignments:
Submit papers online through Catalyst
No drop off or emailed papers will be accepted.
There is NO EXTRA CREDIT in this course. In fairness to all, under no circumstance will the instructor offer a special extra credit assignment to an individual student to accommodate their desire for a higher grade.
CHAPTER OUTLINES are available in Catalyst to help students
review important concepts. There are also ungraded practice quizzes available to help prepare for exams.
Students may access final course grades online through the
campus Portal system.
Note to Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic accommodations or services in this course, provide (name of Instructor) with a Test Accommodation Verification Form (also known as a TAV form) from Disability Support Services (DSS) or the Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC). Students are expected to give five days notice of the need for accommodations. Students with disabilities can obtain a TAV form from their DSS counselor (864-8753 DSS main number) or EDC advisor (864-8839 EDC main number).
Testing / Grading
TWO GRADED EXAMS are given online in Catalyst. Exams are
based on the reading assignments and composed of multiple
choice and true/false questions. There is a 24-hour time
period during which the exam must be completed. All exam
dates are listed in Catalyst.
There are NO MAKE-UP EXAMS or alternate exam times
At the end of the quarter, all points will be totaled in
order to determine the final course grade. Grades are based
solely on points and are not rounded up.
93-100% =A; 90-92% = A-
87-89% = B+; 83-86% = B; 80-82% = B-
77-79% = C+; 70-76% = C
67-69% = D+; 63-66% = D; 60-62% = D-
59% and below = F
All test grades, assignment grades, and forum grades will be available in Catalyst. Course grades are based solely on points. Factors such as effort, improvement, personal hardships, desire for a higher grade, etc. are NOT part of the grading calculation. Grades are not negotiable. Any request for special grading consideration will be denied.
Exam #1 50 points
Exam #2 50 points
3 Written Assignments, 10 points each: 30 points
4 Discussion Forums: 10 points each: 40 points
Total Course Points: 170
The course assignment schedule is listed in Catalyst.
Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
Library West Computer Lab(LWCL)
The Library West Computer Lab offers support services for Distance Learning students including: open computer
lab with Internet access, stations for viewing videotapes and videotape checkout.
A photo I.D. card is required to check out materials or use computers in the Library West Computer Lab, use
computers in other campus computer labs.
To check out videotapes from the OML a Distance Learning Center I.D. Card is also required
The Distance Learning I.D. cards are available from the Distance Learning Center.
Basement floor of the Learning Center West building, Room 1, on the De Anza College campus.
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at https://catalyst.deanza.edu/
to login. Please note that you will be unable
to login until the first day of class
. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your
student ID, please view the short instructional video at: https://catalyst.deanza.edu/?pg=mod1
. Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
De Anza College Library Services are available for all students and faculty, both on and off campus.
Please consult the library website for a complete description of the library services and hours:
De Anza College Library: http://www.deanza.edu/library/
Services of particular interest to off campus students include:
- Access to the Library Catalog
which includes books, DVDs, and course reserves. Here is a link to the library catalog:
- Article Databases and Research Databases The library subscribes to several electronic databases which
provide access to thousands of full-text journals, newspapers, and magazine articles. Research databases
include: LEXIS NEXIS Academic, Encyclopedia Britannica Online and a Practice Test Database which contains
Nursing Exams, TOEFL Preparation, College Entrance Exams, and many more.
To use the article or research databases from an off campus computer, log in with your 14 digit library
number or eight digit student id number. These instructions are repeated on the first page of the library
website along with descriptions of all the online resources provided.