INTELLECTUAL HERITAGE (at Temple
Delphi- A Focal Point for IH 51 Texts
Subject Study Aids:
Aeschylus' Libation Bearers
Oedipus and the Sphinx Lecture
J's Illustrated Pericles' Funeral Oration
J's Illustrated Pericles and America
J's Illustrated Pericles and Philadelphia
J's Illustrated Aeschylus' Oresteia
J's Curse of the House of Atreus Outline
Background Lecture on Greek Philosophy
J's Apology Study Questions
J's Illustrated Plato's Apology
and the Apology Lecture
Dr. J's Plutarch's Pericles
Sundiata Study Guide
Epic Qualities of the Sundiata
and Humanism Lecture
FOUNDATIONS OF CLASSICAL GREECE
(needs some pruning):
in Classical Culture:
The Legend of the House of Atreus: Greek Tragedy in Greece
Religious Foundations of Greek Culture
The Intersection of Myth and History
The Ancient Greek Cultural Nexus- Art, Archaeology, Literature and Topography
From 1996-2001 I taught in the
Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. This page is part of my teaching materials for Intellectual
Heritage 51, a course covering literature and ideas from Sappho through
Dr. Janice Siegel
IH 51 Section 032
Office: 219 Anderson
Office Hours: TTh 1:30-2:30 and by appt.
(I am in my office most days, so stop by, too)
Best Bets: email@example.com
Department Website: http://courses.temple.edu/ih
My website: http://www.drjclassics.com
| Course Calendar |
Course Prerequisite | Course Description
| Course Requirements | Paper
Policies | Evaluation of Writing | Writing Help
| Classroom Policies | Attendance Policy
| Commitment | Academic Honesty
Guide to IH, Marra and Zelnick, edd. (new edition)
Three Theban Plays, tr. Fagles (Penguin)
Last Days of Socrates, tr.
Bible (New Revised Standard Version)
tr. Dawood (Penguin)
An Epic of Old Mali, tr. Niane (Longman)
Discoveries and Opinions, tr. Drake (Doubleday)
The Prince, tr. Wootton
Course Prerequisite: a C- or better in Comp 50 or its equivalent.
Course Description: Intellectual
Heritage 051 seeks to introduce you to some of the groundbreaking texts and ideas of the
Western Cultural tradition, the tradition that has shaped the shapers of our world. This
course offers you an opportunity to engage this tradition - to discover, re-think,
criticize, dispute, defend and understand - by the simple means of reading, discussing,
re-reading, and writing. IH051 is designed to improve your reading, writing and critical
skills by asking you to wrestle with the same basic issues that generations of men before
you have: the basis of law, the rights and duties of citizenship, the existence of God,
the conflict between predestination and free will, the benefits of community, the nature
of the material world and the relationship between religion and science, the limits of
reason, free will, guilt innocence and ultimately, the meaning of life. Whew.
Exams: a midterm (20%) and final examination (20%).
Quizzes (10%): After the midterm, you will have a series of quizzes (see syllabus)
on assigned reading, given the day the assignment is due. These are pre-discussion,
plot-level quizzes designed to keep you on top of your work. The final exam will be essay
only. You must pass the Final
Examination in order to pass the course. You must have an overall passing quiz/exam
average in order to pass this course.
Papers: a series of short, one-two page papers, and three polished essays, 3-4 pages in length (grading works on improvement, not an
average; writing grade accounts for 50% of final grade). Your
writing must be C level by the time this course ends in order to pass
the course, no matter how well you do on the quizzes and exams.
Papers must be generated on a computer/word processor.
- Papers must be handed in electronically unless
I specifically request a hard copy. If you don't know how to send an
attachment, please go to the Computer Services Center in the basement of
Wachman Hall and have someone show you, or ask me. If you are using a
program other than Word, or if you are using a Mac, please try
sending the document in rtf format.
- Format your papers this way: single-spaced with one-inch margins and no less
than 11 point type (double-spaced if you are printing it out).
- Papers with an inordinate amount of
composition/punctuation/typographical errors will receive a failing grade. If you know you
have writing difficulties of this nature, please seek out help from the Writing Center
FROM THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASS!!!
- I reserve the right not to accept late papers.
You must speak to me BEFORE the due date to request an extension. Papers are due IN CLASS on the
day specified. If you do make arrangements to hand in a paper late, NEVER push it under my
door. ALWAYS place it in my mailbox in Anderson 214, or better yet, submit
- Topics will be linked from the on-line
syllabus for each essay assigned.
Evaluation of Writing:
- Evaluation of early essays is generally a
shock to students. Remember that your course grade is based on improvement -
early essays generally fail on various levels. Don't fret about that, but
learn from it and improve. Don't take bad grades personally. And remember - the grade you receive
reflects the quality of the work you hand in, not necessarily the best you can do. Your
job is to "wow" me; do not hand in something that you know does not adequately
reflect what you are capable of doing. Take the time to put in your best
effort. The last thing I want to hear is that you just threw
something together at the last minute. Writing is a process, and unless you
engage in that process willingly and with abandon, you will never
improve. Learning to write is hard. It is also glorious when it all comes
together. Let yourself reach that point.
- I plan to initiate you into the mysteries of
how I grade essays. Watch this space for more info soon.
Writing Help: please use
the resources that are available to you:
- First and
foremost is the mutual respect and common courtesy that will allow students to feel
confident when voicing their opinions.
- Please arrive on time and do not leave in the
middle of class unless it is absolutely necessary. I much prefer that you arrive late rather than not at all,
but if you must enter the class after it has begun, please respect the class and settle in
as quickly and as quietly as possible. If you need to leave early, please
let me know ahead of time and try to sit near the door.
- Feel free to bring a drink to class,
but please - NO food or gum.
- Come prepared to class having read the assignment for that
day. Not only will it help your grade, but it will also make our time together that much
more profitable and enjoyable.
- Participate! This is a sure-fire way to
engage the texts and wrestle with the ideas in them. Ask questions, spark
discussion, offer answers.
Attendance is mandatory. Repeated absenteeism will adversely affect
your grade and more than the equivalent of two weeks of class (4 meetings for MW or TR
classes, 6 meetings for MWF classes) demands failure of the course. You are considered late if you enter the
room after I have finished taking attendance. 2 lates equal 1 absence. Please come often and on time. Good attendance always
translates into better midterm and final examination grades. Also, we will spend
considerable class-time going over helpful hints for better essay writing. Of course, the
best part of this class is the discussion - don't miss it!
Commitment: I pledge my attention, time, effort
and expertise to you as you develop your critical reading, writing and thinking skills. I
expect you to exert an equivalent effort. This is a demanding course. If there are
complications of child-care responsibilities, employment schedules, transportation
difficulties or personal issues that will cause you to miss class on a regular basis, hand
in papers late, unfinished, or badly in need of editing, or miss quizzes and tests, then please
take this course at another time. My job is to support students, not to indulge
them. If you have too much on your plate (including too many courses, or any writing
intensive course in addition to this one), you are setting yourself up to fail IH. Please
help me to help you get the most possible out of the course. Put forth your best effort.
Academic Honesty: This is the official IH
Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Cheating:
The Intellectual Heritage Program aims to acquaint you with important
original texts from antiquity to the present day and, equally importantly, to
help you understand and use other challenging texts throughout college and
Because writing papers is an essential part of this development, we
take your writing very seriously in IH 51 and 52. Two basic elements of
this writing process are "the development of independent thought and
a respect for the thoughts of others" referred to in the University
Bulletin statement on Plagiarism and Academic Cheating, http://www.temple.edu/bulletin/ugradbulletin/policies_part2.htm#pac.
As the Bulletin goes on to say, "The prohibition against plagiarism
and cheating is intended to foster this independence and respect."
The Program expects all students to follow University policy on this
Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of another person's labor, another
person's ideas, another person's words, another person's assistance. Normally,
all work done for courses ? papers, examinations, homework exercises,
laboratory reports, oral presentations -- is expected to be the individual
effort of the student presenting the work. Any assistance must be reported to
the instructor. If the work has entailed consulting other resources --
journals, books, or other media -- these resources must be cited in a manner
appropriate to the course. It is the instructor's responsibility to indicate
the appropriate manner of citation. Everything used from other sources --
suggestions for organization of ideas, ideas themselves, or actual language --
must be cited. Failure to cite borrowed material constitutes plagiarism.
Your Intellectual Heritage instructor is responsible for assigning
penalties for plagiarism. Penalties usually range from failure on a
particular assignment to failure in the course. In some cases, the penalty
can be suspension or expulsion from the University.
Be aware that I am vigilant against plagiarism and that I push for the
harshest appropriate punishment in each case. Please do not waste my time. Or your future.
If you are unclear about whether something may or may not be considered plagiarism, ASK!
Ignorance of the law is no excuse in these cases, although intentional plagiarism is
certainly dealt with more harshly.
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