English 233:  Introduction to Western Humanities -- Baroque & Enlightenment

Home Page for the Course

Spring 2000

Lyman Baker, Instructor

You can click on the bright blue underlined itms below to go to different pages with the information described.

[If some ot the links don't work, please be patient.  I will soon be backing them up with the pages they point to.]

First off, Web-Browser Basics describes some very elementary things you need to be able to do to use our course Web Pages to best advantage.  You will learn how to move around within and between Web pages, how to print a Web document, how to save one for later use, how to locate search tools (with directions for use) that help you locate documents of interest to you - and how to find out ways to do things not covered in these basic instructions.  

Content and Rationale of the Course

To see what we shall be up to this semester, check out the goals and methods of the course, its scope and theme, and the description of its organizational framework.

Texts for the Course tells you where to get the books required for the course.

The Course Schedule directs you to the reading assignments, some in the texts for the course, some on the Web itself.  For some of our readings, I will also post a Study Guide.  The Course Schedule is divided into Parts 1, 2, and 3.


There will be three examinations. Each exam will have a short-essay and an "objective" answer component, and will be worth 100 points.  As the examinations approach, I will make available a prep sheet here on the Web, accessible through the page on examinations, as well as via the Course Schedule.  The examinations will not be cumulative with respect to the particular works (readings, paintings, etc.) covered.  But students will be expected to relate issues taken up in the works under examination to issues developed earlier in the course.

In special cases, at the instructor's discretion, students may be invited to rewrite some portion of an examination for partial credit.

In addition to the examinations, each student will be allowed to one optional extra-credit assignments, worth up to 10 points that will be added to the point total (numerator) without being figured into the denominator in the calculation of the final grade (90-100% = A; 80-89% = B; 60-79% = C; 50-59% = D; below 50% = F).  Finally, students who score below C+ (75) on the first or second exam may undertake additional extra-credit assignments sufficient to raise their score to this level.  Thus going into the third exam, every student will have had ample opportunity to put himself or herself within shooting distance of a course grade of B.

The third examination will be given on the last Friday before Dead Week.  Dead Week itself will be devoted, as the class decides, to individual consultations or to discussions that bear on extra credit assignments and/or a special final for which some students may be eligible.  Students whose final point total puts them within 3 points of the cut-off point for a given course grade will have the option of taking a special final examination (for which a prep sheet will be issued), which, if performance on it is adequate, will result in the student's receiving the higher grade. 

Thus, if you end up with 348 points (87%, or 12 points short of the 360 point cut-off for an A grade), you would be eligible to take the special final.  (On the other hand, if you are 13 points short, at 86.75%, you will not be eligible, and have earned a course grade of B.)  If your performance on the special final represents solid A work, you will be receive a course grade of A.  (If on the other hand it remains on the borderline, you will receive a B.)  The same arrangement applies, with appropriate changes in the numbers, for students within 3 percentage points of a C on the basis of the 3 exams and eligible extra-credit assignments.

[See also the final paragraph of the next section, concerning consideration to be given for active participation in class discussion.]

Staying in touch

Important notices like changes in assignments will be transmitted to you via e-mail over the class listserv.  This is also a tool by which students contact each other to arrange study group sessions.  It will be a disaster if you are not on the mailing list for the listserv.  Here's how to be sure that you are enrolled on the mailing list!

We also have a Discussion Board for the course that will be an important resource for carrying on discussions out of class.  Your participation in class and on the Discussion Board will be a factor I take into consideration at the end of the course if your final score puts you just barely below the cut-off for a particular letter grade.  If you are within a single percentage point of the higher grade (i.e., 4 points short of the grade cut-off), I will consider assigning it as your course grade if you have entered actively into discussions in these ways.  Apart from this, however, your active participation in discussion will strengthen your intellectual skills of analysis and integration in general, and enhance your understanding of the facts and issues that it is our business here to grapple with.  The more you participate, the better you will do on the examinations in any case.  You should thus work to overcome any shyness you may feel about expressing yourself in class.  (You may not cease to be shy, but you can refuse to be ruled by your shyness.  On the other hand, you may well discover that the more you share your questions and opinions and speculations, the less shy you feel.)  And in any case, you should make sure that you contribute to the discussions that take place on the web discussion board.

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  Suggestions, comments and questions are welcome.  Please send them to lyman@ksu.edu .

      Contents copyright 2000 by Lyman A. Baker

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      This page last updated 15 January 2000.