Lecture 26 - SOCIOLOGY 3AC Professor Brian Powers 10/24/07...

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SOCIOLOGY 3AC Professor Brian Powers 10/24/07 Lecture 25 Sharing or distribution of lecture notes, or sharing of your subscription, is ILLEGAL and will be prosecuted. Our non-profit, student-run program depends on your individual subscription for its continued existence. These notes are copyrighted by the University of California and are for your personal use only. Sharing or copying these notes is illegal and could end note taking for this course LECTURE Good morning, I would like to get started today. At the end of the hour, we will be returning your papers. The readers will be emailing me with their office hour times which will be maybe at the end of this week but more likely next week. They ask that you email them in advance if you want to meet with them. When you email them, they request that you write a paragraph in which you define an agenda about what it is that you want to talk to them about in your paper and that kind of means to try to identify things about the paper you wrote and the reader’s assessment of it that you feel were misunderstood. It could be something that you wrote but the reader did not get or responded in a different way that you did not expect. So these occasions are for you to learn and get feedback and to clarify. I really urge you to not approach a reader with an air of antagonism because it does not create a nice space for constructive interaction. If you back each other into a corner then you are going to stay in each other’s corners. We are striving to find an agreement about the legitimacy of an assignment. If you go through this process, meet your reader and get feedback and you still do not feel understood, then you can come to me and I am the court of appeal. My judgments tend to be final like courts of appeal but I could say that reader must have been high on something to let this paper pass. So there is a risk that you could get even a lower score because I tend to back my readers but not blindly. I just want to make sure everyone is graded fairly. I also want to speak a word of condolence to the families that are being afflicted by the fires in southern California. Sometimes nature intervenes in the social process and we have to bow and stop in our social economic activity when nature is having its say. A gentleman who graduated from here wrote about the sociology of natural disasters. He got a good book out of it and he was able to point out some interesting components. Today I want to spend time on the table assignment because there is some ambiguity or anxiety or concern and we have the projector and we have a computer and handouts and we also have questions. So we will spend a little bit of time doing some communal trouble shooting for clarification. First I want you to, as you approach this assignment, keep it in perspective but also slow down. How slow down? There is a certain amount of thought that has to go into this task and it is not a simple task where you look at the table and then go to the instructions
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Lecture 26 - SOCIOLOGY 3AC Professor Brian Powers 10/24/07...

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