1SLAV2360 – Fall 2019Instructor:Stanley J. StepanicEmail: [email protected]Skype: stanleystepanicOffice Hours: After Class or By Appointment, New Cabell 259 or through Zoom
2Content:This course is a history of the Eastern European vampire. We will begin with a discussion of pre-Christian Slavic culture, moving into the historical context that led to its spreading into Western Europeand eventually the rest of the world. Through this process we will investigate how the vampire changedfrom a symbol of death and disease to a representation of the human condition. Topics we will learn aboutinclude issues of racial identity, film studies, anthropology, medical science, and much more. Theapproach is interdisciplinary.Please note that lectures are copyrighted and cannot be recorded orreproduced in any form without written consent of the professor.Assignments and Grading:I.Digital Lecture Platform:Dracula is aninteractivecourse. If you were signed up for the course before the first day of class,you will have received an email from the company Top Hat with instructions and a special code to utilizetheir app to join the course. This app isREQUIREDto participate in the course. It gives you access tolecture slides before and during class and the textbook at a discount. Access can be withanydevice suchas a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or PC, the last obviously only for home usage. There are NO outside textsto pay for your payment is entirely processed by Top Hat. Lectures include questions that require yourparticipation and are part of your grade. They involve points based on participation (meaning there is nocorrect answer) or in combination with correctness points.IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDEDYOU ACCESS TOP HAT DURING CLASS THROUGH THE WEBSITE AND NOT THE APP.Here are the sign up instructions:1. Create an account at 2. You do NOT need to pay for more than one semester! Only pay more if you knowyou will be using Top Hat for another course. Your textbook access is for liferegardless of any course access.2. The access code is below once you have access to Top Hat.Join Code:874689Once you are signed up for the course and paid, you’re ready to go! Before class I will promptyou to activate your devices to make sure you have logged in properly. Make sure you are sufficientlycharged and ready to go or have your power cable for power in the room. A join code will be presented onthe screen in front of the classroom before I begin and with this code, which changes every day, you willhave access to the lecture slides and questions for that day. Your access to the lectures isgeolocated,meaning you CANNOT access it outside of the classroom and the system will alert me should you try!Lecture slides are left open for review after the lecture is over, but not before.