HMXP 102-001 and -002 :  The Human Experience:  Who Am I? 

Spring 2016; 3 credit hours

Section 001: 9:30-10:45, MW, Kinard 102

Section 002: 2:00-3:15, TR, Kinard 305

 Professor Information


Course Description and Goals


Catalog description:  "Students will find academic engagement and intellectual challenge through their own written and oral responses to mature interdisciplinary readings--readings that explore the 'self' in [five] thought-provoking contexts. Prerequisite:  WRIT 101 with a grade of C- or better." Note: You must receive a C- or better in order to continue on to CRTW 201.


HMXP 102 is the second part of a three-semester sequence, the general education core, which begins with WRIT 101 and culminates in CRTW 201.  Through your reading, writing, and speaking, the course develops the skills that WRIT 101 introduced and prepares you for the critical thinking that CRTW 201 develops.  Along the way, we will examine the self in various contexts that structure the readings in our anthology (education, autonomy, community, nature, and the sacred).  Since discussion will take up most of our time in class, you are expected to write your essays outside of class.  The course requires three 5-6 page papers, regular class participation, and a final examination essay. The text or texts under discussion on a given day must be brought to class (photocopies are okay).  All papers must be based on the classical argument, which means that you must look at an issue from more than one side (you must include objections to arguments and replies to objections).  And all papers must argue for a controversial thesis about a focused topic in connection with one of the "texts" in our course.  What do you believe, why do you believe it, what if you are wrong, and what have you learned about yourself as a result of exploring a particular topic?  These are the main questions that will guide our discussions and your writing.  I will function as your facilitator, coach, and co-learner; therefore, the success or failure of our class sessions is largely up to you. Your participation in discussion is a MUST, and it is 20% of the evaluation.


This course participates in the Global Learning Initiative. The global learning components of this course are readings by DuBois, Loury, McIntosh, Marx, and Walls. These authors touch on the following topics, respectively: environmentalism, race relations, eastern religion, communism, community life in Africa, homosexuality and the Bible, and food production.


Note about the Final Examination


You are required to be present for the final examination at the scheduled time. University policy: “Personal conflicts such as travel plans and work schedules do not warrant a change in examination times.” Do not ask to reschedule your final exam unless you have one of the conflicts specifically exempted on the exam schedule: This policy applies to all students, even those with plans to travel internationally.




My goals for the course are for you to understand the importance of focusing your topics, to write classical arguments about those focused topics in connection with one or more of the anthology readings, to participate actively in learning-through-discussion, and to think beyond your comfort zone (that is, beyond your current filters, biases, barriers, impediments, preconceptions, assumptions, and background stories).  As a community of learners, we are committed to these dimensions of personal and social responsibility:

· Striving for Excellence

· Cultivating Personal and Academic Integrity

· Contributing to a Larger Community

· Taking Seriously the Perspectives of Others

· Refining Ethical and Moral Reasoning

University-Level Competencies (ULCs)

Winthrop’s University-Level Competencies (ULCs) identify learning outcomes that apply across all undergraduate programs and that all Winthrop graduates attain.  These capacities are essential preparation for working productively and living meaningfully in the contemporary and emerging world.   The ULCs were approved by Faculty Conference in October 2010.

Competency 1: Winthrop graduates think critically and solve problems. 

Winthrop University graduates reason logically, evaluate and use evidence, and solve problems.  They seek out and assess relevant information from multiple viewpoints to form well-reasoned conclusions.  Winthrop graduates consider the full context and consequences of their decisions and continually reexamine their own critical thinking process, including the strengths and weaknesses of their arguments. 

Competency 2: Winthrop graduates are personally and socially responsible. 

Winthrop University graduates value integrity, perceive moral dimensions, and achieve excellence.  They take seriously the perspectives of others, practice ethical reasoning, and reflect on experiences.  Winthrop graduates have a sense of responsibility to the broader community and contribute to the greater good. 

Competency 3: Winthrop graduates understand the interconnected nature of the world and the time in which they live. 

Winthrop University graduates comprehend the historical, social, and global contexts of their disciplines and their lives. They also recognize how their chosen area of study is inextricably linked to other fields.  Winthrop graduates collaborate with members of diverse academic, professional, and cultural communities as informed and engaged citizens. 

Competency 4: Winthrop graduates communicate effectively. 

Winthrop University graduates communicate in a manner appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience. They create texts – including but not limited to written, oral, and visual presentations – that convey content effectively. Mindful of their voice and the impact of their communication, Winthrop graduates successfully express and exchange ideas.


Learning Outcomes


Here are the university's outcomes for the course:

Here is another iteration. The successful HMXP student will:


· Be an active engaged learner.

· Understand the self as both isolated and connected.

· Understand that knowledge is constructed.

· See knowledge as connected and related.

· Develop the abilities for reflective participation in a university community.


Here are my own outcomes:



Required Texts


Required Supplies


Requirements and Grading


Grading Scale:  You will be graded on a 100-point scale as follows:  A, 95-100; A-, 90-94; B+, 87-89; B, 83-86; B-, 80-82; C+, 77-79; C, 73-76; C-, 70-72; D+, 67-69; D, 63-66; D-, 60-62; F, 0-59. 


Student Learning Activities:




Rubrics for Papers and Class Discussion

Department of English Policies and Procedures

HMXP 102 is not a WRIT or ENGL course; however, I am a member of the Department of English, and we will follow applicable departmental policies and procedures, which are as follows:

Syllabus Change Policy: The version of your instructor's policy posted on her/his website is the official policy statement for your class. This page may change during the semester, so make sure you check it frequently to keep up with changes.

Hours: My office hours this semester are MTWR, 3:30-4:30. I will make every effort to be available during these hours or to notify you if I cannot be available.  If you want to have a conference with me, please make an appointment. I will NOT be available under any circumstances on Fridays:  this is my own dedicated research time. 

E-mail List Serves: Winthrop automatically generates a listserv for each class using the Winthrop e-mail addresses of all students enrolled in a class on the first day of instruction. If you add the class late or if you prefer to use an alternate e-mail address, you must personally enroll in the listserv. You can find the instructions for doing so at

Contacting Your Instructor: All instructors in the Department of English have voice mail in their offices and Winthrop e-mail addresses. Make sure you write down your instructor’s phone number and e-mail address where you will not lose it. You can leave messages for your instructor in the department mailroom, 248 Bancroft, which is open from 8:30-5:00 each day.

Instructor Accessibility: You can expect me to be available as a resource from which to draw and to obtain feedback. I am very responsive to email questions as long as I know who the email is from and have all information necessary to provide a complete answer. Please be sure to “sign” your emails because oftentimes email names are confusing at best (e.g., could be Bob Brown or Beth Brown). Please make sure to speak slowly and comprehensibly if leaving a voicemail so that I can decipher the name, message, and return phone number as well.

What you cannot expect of me is to be available 24/7. While I do check my email and voicemail regularly, I do not necessarily check them more than once a day or late in the evenings. I never check e-mail or voice mail on weekends.  Therefore, if you procrastinate on an assignment, you may not have the information you need to complete the assignment appropriately. Please plan your time accordingly to maximize the probability that you will receive a response in time for it to be useful.  If you want help, it is really more fruitful to come see me in person.

Student Conduct Code: As noted in the Student Code of Conduct:  “Responsibility for good conduct rests with students as adult individuals.” The policy on student academic misconduct is outlined in the “Student Conduct Code Academic Misconduct Policy” in the online Student Handbook ( 

Handheld Devices:  You may not use any electronic devices in class unless I give you specific permission or unless you have official accommodations from Services for Students with Disabilities.  See the College of Arts and Sciences' policy on handheld devices at Turn off all electronic devices before class starts and put them away.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")–whether you use that material in a quotation, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not. It is also a violation of the Student Code of Conduct ( The Department of English has prepared "The Correct Use of Borrowed Information" to explain plagiarism (see You may be required to print out this statement, sign the last page, and bring it to class when required by your instructor. Ignorance or failure to consult this material is no excuse.

Grades: The Department of English has established a Rubric for Freshman Writing Courses that is found at  A formal description of letter grades used by Winthrop instructors can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Minimum Grades in Classes: You must earn a C- or better in WRIT 101 to enroll in HMXP 102. You must earn a C- or better in HMXP 102 to enroll in CRTW 201. You must pass CRTW 201 with a C- or better. If you do not successfully complete CRTW 201 by the time you have earned 75 hours, you will only be allowed to register for 12 hrs/semester and no courses numbered above 299 until you have successfully met this requirement.

Attendance: The official Winthrop attendance policy is found on p. 8 of The Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2010 "Academic Regulations" section ( The policy for attendance at final examinations is also found on page 8. See also If you miss 25% of more of the schedule class sections, you will automatically receive an F in the course.

Final Examinations: Winthrop University policy requires that all classes meet during their scheduled final examination period. This schedule can be found on the Records and Registration website at Winthrop University policy specifies that personal conflicts such as travel plans and work schedules do not warrant a change in examination time. You are responsible for checking the time of your final examination and for making arrangements to be there.

Expectations for Classroom Behavior: The classroom environment should provide a safe environment for exploring ideas and challenging assumptions. Students are expected to listen respectfully to the voices of other individuals and to share their own opinions and values in a positive, respectful manner. Students and the professor are expected to treat each member of the class with respect and civility. Classroom behavior that a reasonable person would view as substantially or repeatedly interfering with the conduct of the class will not be tolerated in this course. Students who engage in disruptive behavior will be subject to sanctions as specified in the Student Conduct Code. Here are my requirements regarding behavior in the classroom:

See also "Further Course Policies" below.

Students with Disabilities: Winthrop University is dedicated to providing access to education.  If you have a disability and need classroom accommodations, please contact Gena Smith, Coordinator, Services for Students with Disabilities, at 323-3290, as soon as possible.  Once you have your Professor Notification Form, please tell me so that I am aware of your accommodations well before the first assignment, test, or paper.

Winthrop’s Academic Success Center is a free resource for all undergraduate students seeking to perform their best academically.  The ASC offers a variety of personalized and structured resources that help students achieve academic excellence, such as tutoring, academic skill development (test taking strategies, time management counseling, and study techniques), group and individual study spaces, and academic coaching.  The ASC is located on the first floor of Dinkins, Suite 106.  Please contact the ASC at 803-323-3929 or  For more information on ASC services, please visit

Safe Zones Statement: The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being--regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.  Note:  I have been through SZ training, and I display a SZ decal on my office door.

Duplicate Submission of Papers: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted, in whole or in part, for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of your HMXP professor and the other instructor/professor involved in advance. This is to conform to the Student Code of Conduct, §V, which states: "Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to … presenting the same or substantially the same papers or projects in two or more courses without the explicit permission of the professors involved" (Student Code of Conduct §V:  DO NOT PLAGIARIZE YOURSELF! You may not recycle papers (use a paper from your previous section of HMXP in this section of HMXP).

Writing Center: The Writing Center provides support for all students in all Winthrop classes free of charge. It is located in 242 Bancroft (323-2138). Check its web page ( for current hours.

Further Course Policies

Attendance:  We will follow Winthrop's standard attendance policy:  "If a student's absences in a course total 25 percent or more of the class meetings for the course, the student will receive a grade of N, F, or U, whichever is appropriate" (Undergraduate Catalog).  There are 27 scheduled class meetings, so 7 absences equal 25 percent; therefore, a seventh absence means that you have failed the course.  In order to make up a missed paper assignment, you must provide some kind of official paper documentation (for example, doctor's note, obituary, letter from the athletic department, etc.).  I will keep the documentation in a file until the end of the semester.  This policy holds for all absences on paper due dates, regardless of the cause, including absences for Winthrop-sponsored activities like athletic competitions and Model UN.  Remember:  An "excused" absence means that you may make up work that was due on that day, but the absence still counts toward the total number of absencesIf you do not provide documentation, you will not be allowed to make up missed work.  If you will be absent because of university business on a due date, you must submit your work in advance.  You do not need to give me a paper excuse for absences on days when no paper is due. After the first week of class, you have 3 "free" absences.  After that, each additional absence counts as -3 points.  Each tardy counts as -1 point.  See also "Attendance" above.   IF YOU CANNOT KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN IN CLASS, I WILL COUNT YOU ABSENT. 


An important note for athletes Your athletic-trip-related absences are still absences.  You do not get three "free" absences on top of your trip-related absences.  Like everyone else, you only get three "free" absences, so do not skip class just because you do not feel like coming.  Furthermore, if you have work due on a trip day, you must submit it before you leave.  By staying in this class, you agree to these terms.  If you insist that being an athlete entitles you to extra absences, expect me to phone the athletic department. 


Tardiness:  Please remember that coming in late disrupts everyone and may even stop the class for a few moments.  I expect you to arrive at least a few minutes early and be ready to begin right at the start of the hour. Get out your book, notebook, and pen or pencil BEFORE the day’s activities begin.  Arriving 10 or more minutes late (or leaving 10 or more minutes early) will be considered a full absence.  I will count every three tardy arrivals (less than 10 minutes late) as a full absence (-3 points).  Each tardy counts as -1 point. Tardy-generated absences will count against the university's 25% attendance policy.  ***Finally, if you come in late, you must see me after class so that I change your absence mark to a tardy mark.  If you do not see me after class, your tardiness on a given day will count as an absence.  Read the previous sentence again and make sure that you understand it.***  One final thing about tardiness:  We will go by the clock on the computer; we will go by the clock on the wall only if it is in sync with the clock on the computer.  I do not want anyone arguing that s/he is not really late because the clock is wrong.  You are supposed to be a few minutes early; therefore, it should not matter if the clock is off or not.


Illness:  Save your absences for days when you are ill.  If you are ill, it is best not to come to class.  If you are coughing so loudly and frequently that you are disrupting class, or if you are sneezing or in any other way compromising others' health, I will ask you to leave.  So it is better to stay home on days when your health is poor.  Similarly, do not come to my office when you are sick, especially if you are coughing or sneezing.  I will ask you to come back another time.  If I get sick, everybody suffers.

Conferences:  You are welcome to schedule an appointment with me at any time during the semester.  I encourage multiple conferences over the course of the semester.  Come see me for guidance as you develop a paper.  If you make an appointment with me but do not show up and do not cancel it ahead of time, I will lower your class presence grade by one point.

E-mail SubmissionI will not accept papers submitted by e-mail.  I will consider a paper to be late unless it is submitted in proper hardcopy format in class on the due date or to by class time.  If you slide it through the mail slot in my office door during class, I will still consider your paper to be late.

Extra Credit Points:  There are three ways to earn extra credit in this course.


1) If you volunteer your paper for class discussion, you may receive up to 5 points on a one-time basis. Here is what you need to do for full credit:  not later than noon on the day before we are scheduled to discuss your paper, use the class listserv to distribute a copy of your paper to each member of the class (hmxp102***  The paper must meet the minimum requirements for length and structure, and you must be present in class to participate in discussion. If a number of people want to volunteer, we will have a lottery.  Attach your paper to the e-mail.  Cut and paste the text of the paper into the body of the e-mail.  These two steps should ensure that everyone on the listserv will be able to access the paper.


2) You can earn .5 point of extra credit for each 30-minute visit to the Writing Center up to 10 points.  International students may receive extra credit for meeting about their papers with LeAnn Lowrey, the international student tutor, but a written record of each appointment must be submitted. However, no one may receive more than 10 tutorial extra credit points.


3) You may earn 1 point for attending each cultural event related to the common book. I will receive a list of students who attended, but it would be a good idea to check with me to make sure that I noticed your name.


Format for Papers:   Make your paper easy for your professor to read and evaluate.  Do so by following the following guidelines.

Late Papers:  Papers are due in class at the beginning of class on the due dates.  A paper turned in within 24 hours (the clock starts when our class does) will lose one point.  The paper will lose one point for each additional day late (that means calendar day, not class day:  weekend days count).   If it is not submitted within 7 days of the due date (or within 7 days of your return from a documented absence), you will automatically receive an F for the course.  In the event of an emergency, please make every attempt to notify me BEFORE the due date by e-mail or voice message.  Official paper documentation of your excuse is required with a late submission.  Papers may receive extensions for medical/family problems, but absences may not be waived or made up for any reason.  Computer problems are not an excuse for late work, so be sure to back up your work on a disk or flash drive, on the network, or on e-mail.  ALL EXCUSED LATE WORK MUST BE TURNED IN WITH YOUR OFFICIAL PAPER EXCUSE WITHIN ONE WEEK (7 CALENDAR DAYS) OF YOUR RETURN TO CLASS, OR YOU WILL FAIL THE COURSE. In the event of a catastrophic illness or injury or family problem, it is a good idea to contact the office of the Dean of Students.

More on Plagiarism:  Winthrop maintains strict standards regarding "The Correct Use of Borrowed Information." While there is a big difference between minor unconscious plagiarism and the deliberate theft of others' language and ideas on a major scale (for example, copying an article), plagiarism in my class, as in all other courses at the university, will not be tolerated and will result in penalties ranging from grade reduction to an F for the course.  Here are some additional points to remember: 


Revisions:  Start early enough that you have time to put your paper through multiple drafts; also, plan to have a conference (with me and/or in the Writing Center) be part of your writing process.  A revision must be substantive, not merely the result of cosmetic editing.  Rethink, recast, reorganize, develop:  these strategies are the stuff of proper revision.


Work:  Sometimes a student misses class because of work, and sometimes work even takes a student out of town for a week at a time.  In keeping with our absence policy, no work-related absences will be excused or waived.  If you have a conflict with your work, fix it, drop the class, or accept the consequences.  If you skip class because of work, I will not allow you to do make-up work.  This policy applies even to students who are members of the U.S. military.