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Summer 2016 Syllabus for HUMI-D007.-61Z
HUMI-D007.-61Z - Lori Clinchard
HUMI 7 - Arts & Human Spirit
Call Number: 10226
Term: Summer 2013
4 units
De Anza College Online Education Center • LC 107 • Phone: 408-864-8969 • FAX: 408-864-8245 •
The expression of spiritual and religious throught and aspiration in the arts. Critical comparative and experiential in approach.
Instructor Information: Lori Clinchard
This is my sixth year teaching Humanities full-time at De Anza, having previously taught at the University of New Mexico, Taos, for five years. I am a native San Franciscan, grew up in the East Bay, went to San Jose State and UC Davis, and have degrees in French & Political Science (BA), Cultural Anthropology (MA), and Humanities (PhD). I enjoy teaching online~

Phone: Email only during Summer quarter.
Office Location: F2-i
Office Hours: Email only during Summer quarter.
Course Requirements:
Midterm essay -- 100 pts
Discussion Participation – 200 pts
Final essay – 100 pts
Total points = 400

1. Discussion Participation (200 pts): You will need to participate frequently and substantially in all of the weekly online discussions. You will be graded on both the quantity and quality of your responses. Respect needs to be the foundation of all these interactions, so that everyone will feel safe to share their ideas.

Twice during the quarter, you will turn in a Discussion Participation Summary. For this, you will need to gather all your discussion posts (there is a quick way to do this...), copy and paste them onto a Word document, add a paragraph analyzing your own participation, and turn it in.

In order to receive full participation points, you will need to have participated substantively each week, answering the discussion questions thoroughly, and responding to your classmates in a way that helps create meaningful discussion.

For full discussion participation credit, you need to respond substantively and thoughtfully to at least 3 other students per discussion question, and you must post your initial response to each question by Tue/Wed (midnight) each week, leaving the second half of the week for follow-up discussion.

2. Midterm paper (100) There will be one midterm essay due, for which you will answer a specific set of questions relating to the text, plus an in-depth analysis of what you have learned about the topic of the readings up to that point. This analysis should include the main ideas from the reading, but should also describe how these ideas relate to your previous learning, your own life experience, and your personal thoughts and feelings. The paper should be 6-8 pages in length, 12 font, double-spaced.

3. Final paper (100 pts): There will be one final paper due, for which you will answer a specific set of questions relating to the text, plus an in-depth analysis of what you have learned about the topic of the readings. This Final paper will include 8-10 pages covering the material since the midterm, and synthesizing your learning from the entire course. As in the midterm essays, this analysis should include the main ideas from the reading, but should also describe how these ideas relate to your previous learning, your own life experience, and your personal thoughts and feelings. The paper should be a total of 8-10 pages in length, double-spaced.

Course Outline:
Week 1: Introduction to course; Read & Discuss Dunham -
Ch. 1 –Lascaux
Ch. 2 – Loneliness of the Artist
Ch. 3 –Relevance & Polarization
Ch. 4 – Self-Indulgence
Ch. 5 – Dogmatic Mind
Ch. 6 – Subconscious Sabotage

Week 2: Read & Discuss Dunham
Ch. 7 – On Being & Becoming
Ch. 8 – Community
Ch. 9 – Objective Art
Ch. 10 – Journey Between the Worlds
Ch. 11 - Resistance
Ch. 12 - Hunger
Ch. 13 – Labels
Ch. 14 – Power and Politics
Ch. 15 - Vision

Week 3: Plate,
Sec 1 – Aistheses: Perceiving Between Eye & Mind
Sec 2 – Icon: Image Jesus Christ Christian Theology
Midterm & Disc. Summary due Sunday(end of week), by midnight

Week 4: Plate,
Sec 3 - Qalam: Word & Image Islamic Calligraphy
Sec 4 – Shinjin:Seeing Body-Mind Zen Garden

Week 5: Plate,
Sec 5 - Darshan: Seeing Hindu Divine Image….
Sec 6 - Zakhor: Modern Jewish Memory

Week 6: Final & Disc. Summary due Thursday(of Finals week), by midnight


1. COMPLETE DISTANCE LEARNING ORIENTATION (online). This is required, no later than noon on Friday, first week of classes. Access to the Online Orientation is available during the 2 weeks prior to first day of classes. Complete the entire Orientation, even if you have taken distance learning classes in the past. The last part contains critical information you need: how to login to CATALYST, how to obtain your user name and password, and more. The instructor does not assign user names or passwords, or respond to inquiries that are answered in Orientation.

2. PURCHASE REQUIRED BOOKS and begin reading. Discussion will begin immediately during the first week.

3. LOGIN TO CATALYST, and become familiar with the site and features. Access to CATALYST will not be available until first day of classes. Surf your classroom web site: Check out all the links, notice how information is organized, where to find it.

4. REVIEW THE STUDENT GUIDE. Become familiar with the site and the terminology for the CATALYST features. This is important information and it is not the same as Distance Learning Online Orientation. Learn recommended web browser. This guide will explain what features must be enabled and disabled on your own computer, or any computer you use to access the class.

5. INTRODUCE YOURSELF IN THE STUDENT INTRODUCTION FORUM. This is required. A Forum is the same thing as an online Discussion, or a bulletin board. All students can access this discussion forum and get to know a little more about their classmates.


1. Spend at least 20 hours/week during the 6-wk summer session. This course is worth 4 quarter units, so, obviously, it requires effort equivalent to a 4 unit campus-based class. Some students are under the mistaken impression that distance learning requires less work because students do not have to attend class. In fact, most students need to plan additional time for online courses, as compared to classroom courses.
The most important factor with regard to success in college is the student's ability to organize and realistically schedule their time in accordance with their own abilities: consider other college classes, employment obligations, family obligations, and personal study skills. There are still only 24 hours in a day, and you must sleep, eat, and have at least some time for relaxation and fun to refresh your mind.

2. Participate weekly in online discussions. Login to CATALYST at least 4 times per week to receive news, updates, announcements, and messages and to participate in online discussions with other class members.

3. Turn in assigned Discussion Analysis / Midterm essay / Final essay

Be considerate of other students. If you intend to drop the class, please email instructor as early as possible so that waitlisted students can be added.
It is the responsibility of the student (not the instructor), to officially drop a class via phone, Internet or registrar's office up until the last day to drop a class. After that date, student will be graded on points accumulated, even if grade is D or F. However, Instructor reserves the right to drop a student who does not appear to be participating or is not keeping up with scheduled tests and assignments.
DAC College drops students from classes if they do not pay fees by deadline. To make arrangements for deferred payments (described in Schedule of Classes or on college website), contact registrar. If you think you might qualify for assistance, contact Financial Aid Office:
The instructor reserves the right to drop any enrolled student who does not login to Catalyst by Friday of the first week of classes, in order to add a student from the waitlist. (This is equivalent to 'No Show' for the first week of class for an on-campus class.) If you encounter a problem with login, refer to Distance Learning Tech Support.

Add codes will be distributed starting on first day of classes as space becomes available. Students on official waitlist must email instructor to obtain add code. Read the following carefully.
Students on official waitlist have first priority for vacant seats for the first 4 days of the quarter: those students must email the instructor to request an ADD code. (No phone calls.) Instructor does not email students to ask if they want add codes. If there are more requests than seats, add codes are distributed in order according to waitlist.

Students who are not on the official waitlist can email add request to the instructor, who will add their name at end of official waitlist in order, according to time/date of request. If there is any space remaining, add codes will be distributed by email until seats are filled. Very often, the instructor will not know if seats are filled until the second week. (Voice mail requests are not accepted. This is an online class.)

Instructor will email add codes to students in response to their email request (explained above). Students must register by phone, Internet or at registrar's office within 24 hours of receiving add code, or instructor may reassign add code to the next student on the list
The student will demonstrate:

1) An historical and aesthetic understanding of major religious art in various media (visual art, architecture, language, music, drama) as an expression of the worldviews, experience, and values of both Western and non-Western

2) Enhanced ability to assess, interpret, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate religious artistic expression (visual, verbal, aural, kinesthetic) and make
connections among the religious art of various cultures;

3) Increased awareness of the role of women and minorities in religious artistic disciplines;

4) Increased critical thinking and creative skills, and increased ability to think independently. think, reflect, imagine, explore, experiment, and generally have fun and play around with ideas and experiences!
1) Dunham, Bandhu. (2005). Creative Life: Spirit, Power and Human Contact
in the Practice of Art. Prescott, AZ: Hohm Press.

2) Plate, S. Brent (Ed.). (2002). Religion, Art, & Visual Culture: A cross-cultural reader. New York: Palgrave

Written Assignments
Students must participate in substantive discussions each week, complete two summaries/analyses of your participation/learning, and write a midterm essay and a final essay. See "Requirements".
360 - 400 = A
320 - 359 = B
280 - 319 = C
240 - 279 = D
0 - 239 = F
Catalyst Information
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at 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: Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website.
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
Phone: 408-864-8455
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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.

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