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Origins of Ideas and Ideas of Origins

IDH 1001 - Fall 2012

The Honors College
Florida International University

Classrooms and Professor Contacts

Lecture/large-group classes:
Tuesdays at 2:00 PM in GL 100

Discussion/small-group classes meet on Thursdays as follows:

Regina Bailey: 2:00 PM 3:15 PM, GC 272
Office hours: By appointment, DM 233;
regina@thewolf.fiu.edu; (305) 535-2649

Joan Baker: 2:00 PM 3:15 PM, AHC3 215
Office hours: By appointment, DM454c,
Bakerj@fiu.edu; (305) 348-3873

Whitney Bauman: 11:00 AM 12:15 PM, GC 273A
Office hours: By appointment, DM 301A,
wbauman@fiu.edu; (305) 348-3348

Ruben Garrote: 2:00 PM 3:15 PM, GC 271A
Office hours: By appointment, DM 240;
garroter@fiu.edu; (305) 348-1620

Bernard Gerstman: 11:00 AM 12:15 PM, GC 275A
Office hours: By appointment, CP 232;
gerstman@fiu.edu; (305) 348-3115

Ricardo Gonzalez: 12:30 PM 1:45 PM, GC 273A
Office hours: By appointment, SIPA 304,
Richard.Gonzalez9@fiu.edu; (305) 348-2242

Elizabeth Hanly:
11:00 AM 12:15 PM, GC 272
12:30 PM 1:45 PM, GC 273B
2:00 PM 3:15 PM, GC 273A
Office hours: By appointment, DM 233;
hanlye@fiu.edu; (305) 348-4100
Kenton Harris: 9:30 AM 10:45 AM, GC 272
Office hours: By appointment, DM 343B,
harrisk@fiu.edu , (305) 348-5616

Abe Lavender: 2:00 PM 3:15 PM, GC 275A
Office hours: By appointment, DM 322B,
Abraham.lavender@fiu.edu; (305) 348-3672

Joseph Lichter: 9:30 AM 10:45 AM, GC 273A
Office hours: MW 3-5pm, CP307; jlichter@fiu.edu;
(305) 348-6209

Henry Mack: 5:00 PM 6:15 PM, DM 233
Conference Room
Office hours: By appointment, DM 233,
henry.maklakiewicz@fiu.edu; (305) 348-4100

Brian Peterson: 12:30 PM 1:45 PM, GC 272
Office hours: By appointment, DM 396;
peterson@fiu.edu; (305) 348-2343

Sharon Placide: 9:30 AM 10:45 AM, GC 275A
Office hours: By appointment, DM 233,
placides@fiu.edu; (305) 348-4100

Diana Valle-Riestra: 11:00 AM 12:15 PM, GC 273B
Office Hours: By Appointment; ZEB 247-B;
Riestrad@FIU.edu; (305) 348-3783

IDH 1001 - 1002 Coordinator
Associate Dean Juan Carlos Espinosa
Office hours: By appointment, DM 233; espinosj@fiu.edu; (305) 348-4100

Course Overview
The course will be conducted as a combination of lecture/presentation and discussion seminar. It is
designed to encourage students to become self-conscious learners exploring not only the what, but also the
how and why of knowing (epistemology). Students will be able to explore important issues through class
activities including writing assignments, debates, extracurricular activities and participation in cultural
activity and citizenship opportunities.

In the second semester of the Honors College First Year Seminar, students continue their exploration of
knowledge focusing more on the integration of knowledge, the social implications of the control and
dissemination of knowledge, comparing the way science and art see the world and obtain knowledge, and
the phenomenon of the polymath. Students will go beyond theory and into actual practice through truly
interdisciplinary work that highlights innovation, creativity and intellectual rigor.

On Tuesdays, the entire first-year class will meet together for a lecture, discussion, film or other
presentation. On Thursdays, students will meet in their assigned sections to explore more deeply the
subject of the Tuesday session. Students are expected to come to class prepared (i.e., read/listened to
assigned material, brought their iClickers) and to participate fully in class discussions and activities.
IDH1001-1002 is a web-assisted course using the learning management system Blackboard. Assignments,
electronic readings, the discussion board, quizzes, video, music and supplementary material will be found
there. You MUST use Blackboard to be able to participate in the course. Your usage is diligently tracked by
the Blackboard system and is available to your professors. For more information on Blackboard and e-
Campus, visit http://ecampus.fiu.edu/.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Describe and discuss seminal issues in the theory of knowledge covered in this course.
Incorporate into their reflections on contemporary social, moral, political, scientific, issues, etc.
apply pertinent concerns raised in class with respect to: what knowledge is, how it is acquired and
understood, and the role it plays in societies.
Recognize and articulate the ways in which perception, conception, memory, and language affect
our ideas about the nature and origins of human beings and of our societies.
Recognize different approaches to the questions of natural and human origins.
Describe and discuss how different ways of knowing can cause conflicts in contemporary society.

Guidelines for Written Work
All written work must consistently adhere to Kate L. Turabian's Manual for Writers of Research Papers,
Theses, and Dissertations, 7th edition. For more information, please visit this source: Turabian. Students
are advised to carefully proofread all papers before submitting them. All students are encouraged to take
advantage of the University resources for writing to be found in the Center for Excellence in Writing, a full-
service writing center providing writing assistance and feedback to university students, from first year
students to PhD candidates. Thus Center is particularly helpful to those seeking to polish their writing
skills. Center offices are located in GL 120 (MMC), Glen Hubert Library, First Floor (BBC), and EC 2780 at
the Engineering Center. For more information, go to http://writingcenter.fiu.edu/.

All written work is submitted through Turnitin. Plagiarism can result in expulsion from the Honors College
and will have a negative effect on your entire college career. Dont do it. More on academic conduct policies
is presented below.

All written work must include your name, Panther ID number, course number and the name of the
professor on the title page.

Title Page Name
Panther ID, course number, name of your professor
Double spaced, 1-inch margins (top, bottom, left and right)
12 point font, Times New Roman or Calibri


Assignments during the Fall 2012 semester will consist of four short papers. The final set of activities for the
semester, are a series of debates in four rounds. The purpose of the tourney is to hone you research,
reasoning and argumentation skills. The championship debate will take place on the last day of class. The
tournament schedule will be posted on Blackboard. Students will be expected to prepare for debates
building upon the class content, their previous assignments and their own research into the questions. All
students are required to participate in the preparation of their section teams case for competition.

Students are encouraged to review the Winter Semester Anthology over the holiday break in preparation
for the Spring semester. The anthology consists of readings, videos and suggested activities.

Class Grading Rubric
Short Papers. Information on paper styles and format are available by clicking on the assignment header.
Further instructions on the topics and paper formats will be provided at the beginning of the semester.
Two Analysis Papers (40%). 1,500 words each not including references.
Creative Writing (20%). Students will write a brief myth and then explain the elements that make it a
myth. 1,500 words not including references.
Argumentative Essay (20%). 1,500 words not including references.

Participation (20%) includes active involvement in structured class debates and attendance at any two of
three films and one play. The films will be shown on Friday nights, the play on Monday, October 22. Please
contact Associate Dean Espinosa if you have any questions regarding the films or the play.

September 7, The Matrix
September 14, The Truman Show
October 5, Star Wars

October 22, New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch Spinoza

Required Materials

Students must purchase an iClicker at the bookstore. It will be used for attendance, surveys, questionnaires, and

Available via bookstore:
David Ives, New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation, Amsterdam,
July 27, 1656. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0822223856

Text (available on Blackboard site)
Sven Birkerts, The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age (selections)
Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth (Chapter 5)*
Eric A. Havelock, The Alphabetic Mind: A Gift of Greece to the Modern World
John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
G.E. Moore, Proof of an External World
Alva Noe, Is the Visual World a Grand Illusion?
Rudolf Otto, The Idea of the Holy (Chapters 1 - 6)
Plato, The Republic, Allegory of the Cave
Hilary Putnam, Brains in a Vat
Roger Scruton, A Very Short Introduction to Spinoza (selections)

The Power of Myth
Star Wars
The Truman Show
The Matrix

Recommended materials if you are interested in the topics covered in class

Text (available on Blackboard unless noted)
Laura Bohannon, Shakespeare in the Bush
O.K. Bouwsma, Descartes Evil Genius
Rene Descartes, Meditations (1 5)
Fred Dretske, How do you know you are not a zombie?
Northrop Frye, The Anatomy of Criticism, Third Essay, Archetypal Criticism: Theory of Myths
Edmund Gettier, Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?
William Indick, Classical Heroes in Modern Movies, Journal of Media Psychology, Vol. 9, No. 3, Fall 2004.
Thomas Nagel, What is it like to be a bat?
Bertrand Russell, The Value of Philosophy
Christopher Vogler, The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers
Alfred North Whitehead, The Function of Reason, Introduction and Chapter 1

Music: Communicating Knowledge through Music and Ritual (Class Anthology)*
Storytelling: Creation Stories and Heroic Tales (Class Anthology)*

Alva Noe, Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of
The Mythology of Star Wars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HeXWoz6Ixo

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:The Epistemology Page


Course Calendar

Please note the course calendar may be subject to change. You will be notified in a timely manner, but it is your
responsibility to monitor your email account and Blackboard news forum for notices.


Week 1
August 21 Introduction to IDH 1001 (Espinosa)
Review of syllabus
Presentation by Honors College Office of Student Programs

August 23 Plato, Allegory of the Cave, The Republic

Week 2
August 28 Ways of Knowing: An Introduction (Harris)
John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Book 2, Chapters 1-12)
A.J. Ayer, Language, Truth and Logic (Chapter 4)

August 30 Small group activity

Week 3
September 4 Skepticism and Issues of Justification (Mack)
Hilary Putnam, Brains in a Vat

September 6 Small group activity

September 7 Movie Night: The Matrix, SIPA 125, 6 PM (Lichter)

Week 4
September 11 Perception (Gerstman & Mack)
G.E. Moore, Proof of an External World
Alva Noe, Is the Visual World a Grand Illusion?

September 13 Small group activity

September 14 Movie Night: The Truman Show, DM 100, 6 PM (Lichter)

Week 5
September 18 Language
Eric A. Havelock, The Alphabetic Mind: A Gift of Greece to the Modern World
Sven Birkerts, The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age

September 20 Small group activity

Week 6
Analysis Paper #1 Due September 24
September 25 The Power of Myth (Dean Lesley A. Northup, Guest Lecturer)
Readings TBD

September 27 Small group activity

Week 7
October 2 Revelation (Garrote)
Rudolf Otto, The Idea of the Holy (Chapters 1 - 6)

October 4 Small group activity

October 5 Movie Night: Star Wars (Gonzalez)

Week 8
October 9 Student Services Info-session (Required Attendance)
Study Abroad Programs

October 11 Introduction to debate, topics distributed and discussed in small groups

Week 9
October 16 Myth and Geology (Grenville Draper, Guest Lecturer)
Reading TBD

October 18 Small group activity

Week 10
Creative Paper Due October 21
October 23 Baruch Spinoza and his time (Lavender)
Roger Scruton, A Very Short Introduction to Spinoza (selections)

October 24 New Jerusalem (Bailey)
Student Staged Reading, location TBD
Students bring text to the performance

October 25 Small group discussion

Week 11
Analysis Paper #2 due November 5
November 6 Introduction to Argumentation Famous Debates (Peterson)
Materials from Introduction to Honors Course

November 8 Small group discussion begin debate training within sections

Week 12
November 13 Faculty Debates Big Questions
Two debates

November 15 Intra-sectional debates
Each section selects one team for competition

Week 13
Argumentative Essay due November 19
November 20 Round 1 - Sectional Debate Tournament (various locations)

November 22 Thanksgiving Day (no classes)

Week 14
November 27 Round 2 Quarterfinal Debates

November 29 Round 3 - Semifinal Debates (Lichter, moderator)

Week 15
Finals Week
December # Round 4 - Final Debates

The specific date and time of the final debates will be determined by university finals week schedule. The
course calendar will be updated as soon as the university makes the schedule available.


Sample questions for sectional debates:

Who should rule society?
Should alternative theories of the origin of life be taught in schools?
Is discrimination always bad?
Must war have a just cause?
Is there a right to have children?
What is the role of religion in the public life of society?
Should citizens be compelled to vote?
Can a society be truly free if everyone pursues only his or her own self-interest?
Is downloading music that has been copyrighted wrong?
Is plagiarism ever justified?
Should gay people be allowed to marry?
Can history be objective?

Class Policies and Procedures

Attendance/Classroom Etiquette
Attendance is required and will be reflected in the final grade. You are expected to be on time for class and
to remain in class for the duration of the lecture. Material will be covered in class that is not covered in the
readings, thus each absence will negatively affect your ability to do well on assignments. Students will be
allowed 2 absences. All other absences will adversely affect your grade. Please see the chart below for more

Number of
Estimated Grade
A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
2 A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
3 B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F F F F
4+ F F F F F F F F F F F F

Attendance in the large group session will be taken by iClicker. All students must have one by the
end of the second week.

Please note that the use of laptops, cellular phones, iPhones, or any other devices for voice or text
communication during the large class session is prohibited unless otherwise instructed.

Students will behave in a courteous manner at all times. Talking in class is disruptive and shows a lack of
respect for the lecturer, your fellow students and others present in the room.

Student Portfolios
The Honors College will be using a portfolio method to assess students learning outcomes. The portfolio
allows for maximum flexibility in gauging student learning. Students decide (with instructor consultation)
what artifacts or assignments to include for consideration in their portfolios to demonstrate successful
achievement of each of five key student learning outcomes over the 4-year Honors experience. Portfolios
provide a rich context for students to show what they have learned and to explain their learning process.
The purpose of the portfolio is to assess how successfully our curriculum fulfills its goals, and is not graded.
Because the Honors curriculum is meant to be thought-provoking and reflective, student self- assessment
through portfolios will facilitate learning and provide in-depth assessment. Each course will include at least
one assignment that could potentially fit portfolio requirements. For more information on the student
learning outcomes and constructing a portfolio for your senior year, see www.honors.fiu.edu/portfolios.

Honors Citizenship Requirements
All members of the Honors College are expected to be active citizens of the College, the University, and the
community at large. To be a committed Honors College student is to take advantage of enhanced learning
opportunities and to assume a leadership role in the world. Attendance will be taken at events where
appropriate and practical. All College members are expected to participate in the community-building
activities listed below:

1. Attend one Honors Excellence Lecture per academic year and one Honors Colloquium per semester
(fall and spring).
2. Attend at least three Honors Hour sessions per semester or enrichment events specified by the
Honors College as satisfying this requirement.
3. Perform at least twenty hours of community service per academic year (summer excluded) either
through the Honors College service partnerships (Sweetwater, Overtown Youth Center, etc.) or
through other community service projects and/or events. If you want to apply this service to your
graduation portfolio, be sure to document your hours. Please contact an Honors College Academic
Advisor if you have any questions.
4. For more information on Honors citizenship requirements, see the Honors College Student

Honors Education in the ARTS (HEARTS)

The Arts are essential to Florida International Universitys life of the mind. They inform the way we think, create,
discern, solve problems, and adapt to a rapidly changing world. The creative and academic activities of FIUs faculty,
curatorial staff, and students in our colleges, schools, and museums support our quest for excellence and are an
important strategic asset.
Worlds Ahead, Strategic Plan 2010-2015

The HEARTS program is designed to give Honors College students opportunities to explore and appreciate
different artistic and cultural traditions and modes of artistic expression, recognize the interplay of culture
and artistic expression, and celebrate diversity. All Honors College students will be exposed to the arts in
their courses, as well as through extra-curricular activities. HEARTS will also serve as a clearinghouse (and
curatorial framework) for our students to experience the arts on campus and in the community-at-large by
providing them with information about cultural activities and access to performances with free or
discounted tickets. Participation in the HEARTS program is not a requirement of the Honors College,
unless that participation is a component of a class assignment or activity or if it is part of an Honors Hour.


Academic Honesty and Plagiarism FIU Academic Misconduct Statement
An Honors faculty member may bring charges of Academic Misconduct against an Honors student. If the
faculty member suspects plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, within one week of the
discovery of the suspected act the faculty member will hold an informal meeting with the student in order
to inform him/her of the allegation(s), provide any evidence available, and allow the student to respond.
The faculty member will decide whether to pursue informal resolution, file formal resolution charges, or
take no further action, and will follow the procedures outlined in the Academic Misconduct Procedures,
available at http://www.fiu.edu/~oabp/misconductweb/1acmisconductproc.htm.
The student will have the right to appeal the outcome of the meeting with the instructor within one week of
the faculty members decision, when the decision is to pursue informal resolution or file formal resolution
charges. The appeal will take the form of a letter to the Dean outlining the circumstances of the case and
the reason for the objection to the professors recommendation. The Dean or his designee will examine the
case and make a final determination about the pursuit of Informal Resolution or the filing of formal
resolution charges.
An Honors College student found responsible for plagiarism or other academic misconduct by informal
resolution or formal resolution will receive an F in the relevant Honors course, and will be dismissed from
the Honors College by the Dean, effective from the end of the semester in which the infraction occurs.
Dismissal will be in writing and will entail the loss of all privileges and benefits of being in The Honors
College, and the student will not be readmitted to The Honors College. The decision of the Dean will be
final. This decision relates solely to the students status in The Honors College and does not affect the
students right to appeal the original faculty decision. The penalty of dismissal from The Honors College
may apply to academic misconduct in any course within Florida International University and not only to
courses offered by The Honors College. In the case of courses outside The Honors College, the Dean of The
Honors College will rely on the Office of the Provost for notification about the infraction(s). More stringent
penalties, such as dismissal from the university, may be pursued through the universitys established
academic misconduct process.
In The Honors College, the term honor refers both to academic accomplishment and character. Students
in Honors should therefore adhere to and be held to the highest standards of personal academic
accountability. Academic dishonesty in any form, including plagiarism, is antithetical to the very definition
of being an Honors student at FIU. Consequently, an Honors College student found responsible for
academic misconduct will be dismissed from the College. Academic misconduct is a violation of the
University Code of Standards, the Code of Academic Integrity, the ethical relationship between the student
and the academic community, and especially between the student and the instructor. It is the responsibility
and prerogative of the instructor to make an initial determination about the extent and severity of an
instance of academic misconduct; the instructor may opt to make a referral for further adjudication in
appropriate cases.
This Policy views plagiarism as one form of academic misconduct, and adopts the definition of the
universitys Code of Academic Integrity, according to which plagiarism is the deliberate use and
appropriation of anothers works without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as
the students own. Any student, who fails to give credit for the ideas, expressions or materials taken from
another source, including Internet sources, is guilty of plagiarism.
Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:

1. Term papers acquired online or from other sources;
2. Copying of original material without attribution;
3. Use of other students work;
4. Copying and pasting, verbatim, information from Internet sources, without quotation marks and
correct citation.
This Policy follows the University Academic Misconduct Procedures of the Code of Academic Integrity, with
modification to provide for appeal within The Honors College.
Registration in this course implies an acceptance of and compliance with the Honors College policies for
students and the FIU Code of Academic Integrity. Please refer to the following documents for additional

FIU Code of Academic Integrity http://www.fiu.edu/~dwyere/academicintegrity.html.
FIU Honors College Student Handbook http://honors.fiu.edu/handbook0910.html
FIU Honors College Plagiarism Policy http://honors.fiu.edu/current_policy_plagiarism.html

Religious Observances
Every effort will be made, where feasible and practical, to accommodate students whose religious practices
coincide with class requirements or scheduling. Please make sure to notify your instructor at the beginning
of the semester of which dates you will be absent or any anticipated problems with completing course work.

Physical, Mental and Sensory Challenges
Every effort will be made, where feasible and practical, to accommodate students who are so challenged.
Should you require accommodations, contact the Disability Resource Center, if you have not done so