Critical Essays (choose 5 out of 8)
50% 1 page each, typed
See Guidelines for Critical Essays Must do #1 and #3, plus 2 more;
may do more than four essays and count top four grades
In-Class Participatory Exam 10% Essays, take-home; questions distributed one week before exam
Media Collage 10% Ethnographic Surrealist Collage
Ethnography Field Project 30% 5-7 pp. final paper; based on fieldwork in the U.S. "Third World"
Brief oral presentation of your field project, required
as 10% of your paper grade
ASSIGNMENTS: Students are responsible for all assigned readings. Read PRIOR to the assigned class time. Class lectures and discussions will cover material supplemental to the readings, in addition to guiding you through them, so don't miss class--come even if you are unprepared! Assignments are due on the date scheduled. Make-up exams will be given only in the event of a verifiable personal or family emergency. You are encouraged to consult with instructor at any time for assistance and ideas on improving your performance.
LATE ASSIGNMENTS: Unexcused late assignments will automatically have 10 % deducted from the grade, and must be turned in by the end of the week they were due (an additional 10 % will be deducted each week thereafter). Absence from class does not excuse you from delivering your assignments at the appropriate time.
CLASS PARTICIPATION (including reading your critical essays in class and discussing your classmates' essays) is expected and will be considered in the assignment of final grades (especially in borderline cases). If you are not present in class, you cannot participate--don't deprive the class of your valuable contributions!
WRITING GUIDELINES All work written for this course should be of a level appropriate to college students. Mechanics and grammar DO count. Please type and proofread carefully. Everyone can improve their writing skills--even great writers. Check out the ASU West Center for Writing Across the Curriculum for assistance in improving your work.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: The absolute highest standard of integrity and ethical conduct is a requirement of this course. Deviations from this principle on any graded activity will not be tolerated. Academic misconduct includes cheating on assignments and exams, and plagiarizing (using any work other than your own without proper acknowledgment). Academic dishonesty will result in a failing grade of "E."
CAVEAT: If necessary or appropriate, the instructor reserves the option to change scheduled class topics, assignments, or due dates. Quizzes may be given if deemed necessary.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: The Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides information and services to students with any documented disability who are attending ASU West. Individualized program strategies and recommendations are available for each student as well as current information regarding community resources. Students may also have access to specialized equipment and supportive services. Please contact the instructor for accommodations that are necessary for course completion.
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