Prerequisites:     ENGL 110



Dr. Jason K. Swedene
Office location and phone number: Arts Center 223 (phone: 635-2122)

student hotline for school/ class cancellation: 635-2858

Office Hours:














and by appointment see website for the latest information






by appointment see website for latest information


Required Text:            

1)        Fleming, William, Arts & Ideas, 10th ed.(Wadsworth: Australia, 2005).   ISBN: 0-534-61371-3.
NOTE: Past editions are acceptable; however, the student is responsible for the material and pictures presented in the newest edition. 

+ any readings linked to this syllabus


Recommended Text: 

2)        Chapter 4 :  Swedene, Jason K., Staying Alive: The Varieties of Immortality (Lantham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., 2009).



Course Description

Continuation of HUMN251: the humanities in the age of science, from the early Renaissance to the present.


General Education Objectives

This course fulfills a portion of LSSU’s General Education requirement.  LSSU’s faculty and administration have decided that in order to receive a degree from this institution, students must develop general skills and knowledge.


At the conclusion of HUMN252 students will:




Grading Scale and Policies:

Your final grade is weighted as follows:

Each test is worth one hundred points. There are 6 tests. If you take all 6 tests and pass the final, your best 5 tests will be counted.

Each blackboard quiz is worth ten points. The lowest quiz is not dropped.

Final grades are determined by the simple calculating of your points from counted tests and counted quizzes (+ any extra credit earned) over the number of possible points.

Truancy, tardiness, and leaving class early each will be counted against regular attendance. Beware of this policy so that you arrange other engagements such as work, dinner parties, vacations, child care, hunting excursions, etc. accordingly.

Policy on Blackboard Quizzes:

Your score on these quizzes makes up a significant part of your final grade. Blackboard quizzes are designed to be taken before lectures on a given topic. Once a Blackboard quiz has expired, there will be no opportunity to make it up: no exceptions.  It is the student’s responsibility to ascertain when quizzes are due. If you experience computer problems, I cannot help you. Contact the IT Help Desk.

Final grades are converted to letter grades using the scale (below).


97-100 (A+)

93-97 (A)

90-93 (A -)

87-90 (B +)

83-87 (B)

80-83 (B-)

77-80 (C+)

73-77 (C)

70-73 (C -)


63-67 (D)

60-63 (D -)

0-60 (F)


Ground Rules:


1) You must attend class regularly and participate in all class activities. You may lose considerable grade points of up to 3 percentage points per class for excessive unexcused absences above beyond two. Please let me know via e-mail if you plan to miss a class.  

2) All assignments for a given day must be done before class.

3) There will be six one-hour tests. The final test, test six, is a non-cumulative exam to be held during finals week. Make-up tests are given only as warranted by circumstance (e.g., documented illness or documented family emergency) and as granted by instructor. The testing center in the basement of the library provides a monitored environment.  Bring a picture ID.  You will not be issued a test without these items. The number to make appointments is 635-2027.

4) Students are responsible for the assignments outlined on this syllabus and the course website. Absence at a previous class is not an acceptable excuse for not completing assignments on time.  

5) An important note about extra credit: students may add up to 3-4% to their final grade by doing extra credit work.

The first 2% may be earned by completing a chapter summary of a book, pre-approved by the instructor. The due date for that extra credit opportunity is the first class day of the 3rd last week of classes (by 2 p.m.). Click here for the proper form to fill out.

The next 2% may be earned by attending a cultural event and submitting a two-page journal entry on the experience. In this exercise, you are to describe the event.  Then analyze, evaluate and explain its relevance to human aesthetics and its historical development. The due date for all cultural event journal submissions is the first class day of the 2nd last week of classes (by 2 p.m.). No late extra-credit submissions will be accepted.

6) It is worth noting that each individual test will be curved upwards if the class average for that test is below a C.  It is also worth noting that final averages will not be curved upwards.   

7) Use of headphones, cell phones, computers, tablets, and hats during exams is prohibited.



University Policies and Statements:


The Americans with Disabilities Act & Accommodations

In compliance with Lake Superior State University policies and equal access laws, disability-related accommodations or services are available to students with documented disabilities.


If you are a student with a disability and you think you may require accommodations you must register with Disability Services (DS), which is located in the KJS Library, Room 130, (906) 635-2355 or x2355 on campus.  DS will provide you with a letter of confirmation of your verified disability and authorize recommended accommodations.  This authorization must be presented to your instructor before any accommodations can be made.


Students who desire such services should meet with instructors in a timely manner, preferably during the first week of class, to discuss individual disability related needs. Any student who feels that an accommodation is needed – based on the impact of a disability – should meet with instructors privately to discuss specific needs.


IPASS (Individual Plan for Academic Student Success)

If at mid-term your grades reflect that you are at risk for failing some or all of your classes, you will be contacted by a representative of IPASS. The IPASS program is designed to help you gain control over your learning through pro-active communication and goal-setting, the development of intentional learning skills and study habits, and personal accountability. You may contact 635-2887 or email if you would like to sign up early in the semester or if you have any questions or concerns.


Tentative Course Outline


Here is the agenda.  Test dates will be announced no less than 5 days before the test is given.


A: Course Intro; Fleming Ch. 13

B: Fleming Ch. 13; Luther; The Catholic Reformation Report to the Pope; The Diet of Worms. Luther on Trial. 1521.
C: Fleming, Chs. 13-4; Hume: an articulation of the Argument from Design; Galileo's Letter to the Duchess of Tuscany; Loyola. Regimini Militantia Ecclesiae
D: Fleming, Ch. 14
E:  Fleming, Ch. 14; Francis Bacon; Duc de Saint-Simon: The Court of Louis XIV

G: Fleming, Ch. 15; Calvin; Descartes' Meditation 1; Descartes' Meditation 2
H:  Fleming Ch. 15
I: Fleming Ch. 16; Kant "What is Enlightenment?"; Jonathan Edwards "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
J: Fleming Ch. 16;

L:Fleming Ch. 17; Fall of the Bastille; American Declaration of Independence
M: Fleming, Ch. 17;
N: Fleming Ch. 18
O: Fleming Ch. 18

Q: Fleming, Ch. 19; Marx and EngelsDickens from "Hard Times"
R: Fleming Ch. 19
S: Fleming Ch. 20 ; Freud
T: Fleming Ch. 20

V: Fleming, Ch. 21  Nietzsche (Selections)
W: Fleming, Ch. 21; Sartre; Albert Camus
X: Fleming, Ch. 22; James Rachels
Y: Fleming Ch. 22

AA: Fleming Ch. 23
BB: Fleming Ch. 23