HSS 100 Cultural Contexts

                                                                        Developmental Studies



Course Description:


HSS 100 guides students through a survey of cultural concepts, provides a foundation for dealing with ideas and develops awareness of cultural diversity.  This course does not meet the requirements for an associate degree, but may meet the requirements for a diploma or a certificate.


Credit Hours: 3

Departmental Website:  http://midlandstech.edu/dvs








Departmental Assistant:  Sandra Smith  822- 3539  AC 212


Department Chair: Darlene Anderson   822-3539  AC 210    andersond@midlandstech.edu


Coordinator: Pat Tondini  AC207  822-3643   tondinip@midlandstech.edu


FAX:                                   BC 738-7857    AC 822-3547                             




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Required textbook and Course materials:  "Landmarks in Humanities" 2nd edition, by Gloria K. Fiero

                                  3 ring notebook with lined paper


                                  Report Cover

                                  $10.00 Print Card 


Additional Textbooks/Readings: Additional readings may be assigned by the instructor.




  Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:


1.           1.    Recognize an increased number of Global Perspective issues.

             2.    Recognize an increased number of interrelationships between human cultures.

3.          3.    Use cultural analysis as a basis for decision making.

4.          4.    Demonstrate first-hand acquaintance with a number of cultural sites and activities in the local area.

5.          5.    Recognize an increased understanding of major literary and historical works.

6.          6.    Present short oral and written reports on class topics.

7.          7.    Use basic library and internet resources to gather information.

8.          8.    Prepare and present a research project based on a Global Cultural Issue.


Course Outcomes and Competencies:

Intended Course Outcome #1: Students will actively research, write a report, and give an oral presentation of their findings from an approved list.


Course Competency:  Students will research and give an oral report on a cultural topic.


Measurement Instrument Success Criteria:   Students will meet this competency by submitting a written report and giving an oral presentation; scoring .70 out of 1. on a standardized assessment rubric.


Course Attendance:

The quality of your learning experience in this class is determined by your active participation in the learning process. Therefore, it is important that you make every effort to attend every class.  Students are expected to attend all classes and are responsible for class work, homework, lecture notes, reading assignments, etc., whether or not you are present.


You are expected to attend all classes; there are not excused absences. You are responsible for all in-class work and assignments, even if you miss a class.


If you have extenuating circumstances, such as illness, you are allowed a certain number of absences, depending on the length of the term and the number of times the course meets per week:

·         14 week term- 6 absences if the class meets 3 times a week, 4 if it meets twice

·         10 or 12 week terms- 3 for 3 times a week, 2 for 2 times a week

·         7 or 5 week terms- 2 absences

·         If you exceed the number of absences you will be withdrawn from the course.


You are considered tardy if you miss up to 10 minutes of any portion of the class. You will be counted absent if you miss more than 10 minutes of any portion of the class. 3 tardies equal 1 absence.


If you arrive in class after your instructor has taken role and marked you absent, it is your responsibility, at the end of that class meeting, to request that the absence be changed to a tardy.  The instructor will not change the roll at a later date.  Instructors are not obligated to repeat information or allow students to make up missed work.


Students who are absent from class are responsible for assignments that were given during class. In addition, students who are absent when a test is given must make up that test upon return to school with an automatic 10% deduction from their test score.  No makeup tests are allowed after one week from the original test date. Only one make up test will be permitted.

****Please note the following: You are responsible for all material and announcements presented, whether you are present or absent.***


WITHDRAWALS: If you withdraw during the beginning of the term, please check with the cashier’s office about any partial tuition refund.


If you withdraw after midterm, you will receive either a "W" or "WF" based on your grade on the last day you attended class (a "W" if passing, a "WF" if not).  "WF's" are computed in GPA's and count as an "F". Please check with the instructor prior to withdrawing to avoid any confusion as to what grade you will receive. Withdraws may affect current and future financial aid awards,  the full time status of a student, as well as impact enrollment in future courses. Please check with the financial aid office as well as your advisor prior to withdrawing from a course.




The grade for the course will be based on both the QUANTITY and the QUALITY of the work the student completes.  The final grade will be determined as follows:


Daily Class Grades = 30%     Reports = 20%     Unit Tests = 30%     Final Project = 20%


Grading Scale:  A=94-100     B=85-93     C=75-84     D=74-70    F=69 and below


Required textbooks are on reserve in the Library and Academic Success Center for student use.  The instructor may dismiss or withdraw students who do not have the required materials in a timely manner. 


No cell phone or any electronic device is to be used during class, unless authorized by the instructor. These devices are allowed on campus, but must not be activated in classrooms.  Students should turn off all electronic devices before coming to class.


Children on Campus

To ensure that children are not left unattended on campus and that classes or services are not disrupted by children, the college has a policy that states children are not to be brought to class or left unattended on campus.  This policy is found in the MTC Student Handbook.



Tentative Agenda


Class Orientation and Syllabus Quiz

Unit One:

Chapter 1 and related activities

Chapter 2 and related activities

Chapter 3 and related activities

Unit One Evaluation (may include tests, projects, or both)


Unit Two:

Chapter 4 and related activities

Chapter 5 and related activities

Chapter 6 and related activities

Unit Two Evaluation (may include tests, projects, or both)

Research Project and Oral Presentation Preparation


Unit Three:

Chapter 7 and related activities

Chapter 8 and related activities

Chapter 9 and related activities

Unit Three Evaluation (may include tests, projects, or both)


Unit Four:

Chapter 10 and related activities

Chapter 11 and related activities

Chapter 12 and related activities

Unit Four Evaluation (may include tests, projects, or both)


Unit Five:

Chapter 13 and related activities

Chapter 14 and related activities

Chapter 15 and related activities

Unit Five Evaluation (may include tests, projects, or both)


Research Project Presentation


Related Activities include:  Assigned readings from Reference Materials, Magazines, Internet articles, library research, outside reading activities, Interviews, Cultural activity field trips, written and oral reports, and other activities as deemed necessary in support of this course.


The instructor reserves the right to modify this departmental syllabus to meet the needs and interests of the individual class. 



College Policies and Expectations

Students are expected to read the MTC Student Handbook and abide by its policies.  Some of the more important policies that impact your academic work are below.  The Handbook is located on the web: http://www.midlandstech.edu/planner/

Copies of the handbook are also available at various locations on campus.  

Academic Integrity – The students of MTC have adopted the following Honor Code:

As a member of the Midlands Technical College community, I will adhere to the college’s Student Code. I will act honorably, responsibly, and with academic integrity and honesty. I will be responsible for my own academic work and will neither give nor receive unauthorized or unacknowledged aid. I will behave courteously to all members of the MTC community and its guests and will respect college property and the property of others.

The Student Code addresses what constitutes academic dishonesty. All forms of dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating on tests, plagiarism, collusion and falsification, will result in discipline.


.   Copying from another student’s paper.

.   Using materials during a test not authorized by the person giving the test.

.   Collaborating with any other person during a test without permission.

.   Knowingly obtaining, using, buying, selling, transporting, or soliciting in whole or part the contents of any un-administered test.

.   Bribing any other person to obtain information about tests.

.   Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for oneself.

PLAGIARISM is taking another person’s work and using that work without giving the source credit in any assignment turned in for credit.  For more information, see Appendix I at the end of MTC Student Handbook. 

Campus Emergency Protocol:

.   Safety concerns or suspicious activities:   Call Campus Security at 7199 (on campus) or 738-7199 (cell phone or off campus).

.   Emergency:  Call Campus Security or local 911 immediately.

.   If a college-wide emergency occurs, the college will use a variety of methods to communicate additional information and instructions including the MTC Information Centers, campus loud speakers, MTC Alerts!, voice mail, email, college Intranet, and the MTC website homepage.  (Sign up for MTC Alerts! at http://www.midlandstech.edu/Phone_Alert.htm)

Inclement Weather Policy: In the event that weather conditions or other emergencies cause the closing or a delayed start of Midlands Technical College, announcements will be made over local radio and TV stations, on the MTC Web site, and on the college’s information line (803-738-8324).

.   Notices will be sent to students via Campus Cruiser Mail when applicable. Separate announcements may be made for day and evening classes as weather conditions change during the day.

.   If the college closing or reopening means that there is at least 30 minutes of a class remaining, plan to attend that class. For example, if the college opens at 10:00 a.m., in TTH, classes that normally meet at 8:00 a.m. will not meet, but classes beginning at 9:30 a.m. will meet. If the college closes at 8:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. classes will meet for their regular time, but 7:35 p.m. classes will not meet since there are fewer than 30 minutes remaining in class.

Student E-Mail Accounts:  All MTC students are assigned a college e-mail account upon admission to the college. This account is called “Campus Cruiser Mail.”  Follow the link on the Enrolled Students page or go to http://prod.campuscruiser.com.

.   Campus Cruiser Mail is the primary mode by which the college communicates with students. Students are responsible for checking their college e-mail on a regular basis for important information and announcements about registration, financial aid, cancelled classes, emergency announcements and other notices.

.   Students can use their college e-mail accounts to communicate with faculty, staff, fellow students, and others, on college-related activities.  In addition to e-mail, students can maintain  personal calendars and “tasks lists” through their Campus Cruiser e-mail account.

MTC Online:  The college conducts business with students and has many services and resources for students through MTC Online.  Follow the link on the Enrolled Students page or go to midlandstech.edu/mtconline.   

Student Evaluation of Instruction:  Toward the end of the semester, students will have the opportunity to evaluate this course. The confidential evaluation process is conducted through MTC Online using the individual student’s username and password. Announcements will be made during the term concerning how and when to complete the online evaluation. Students are encouraged to participate in this process.

Students Requiring Special Accommodations:

.   If special accommodations are needed for a student with a disability, the student should go to Counseling Services in the Student Center on Beltline or Airport Campus for assistance. Documentation regarding a specific disability is required in order for special arrangements to be made. Confidentiality of information received will be maintained. 

.   For more information, go to the Counseling and Career Services link on the Enrolled Students page. 

(Revised 07/10)