Mosaic 952 Course Description

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Unformatted text preview: HONORS MOSAIC 2 HUMANITIES SEMINAR SPRING 2011 COURSE DESCRIPTION Professor Rebekah Zhuraw Mosaic 952-009 TR 9:30-10:50 TL 202 E: Office: 512 Anderson Hall* Intellectual Heritage Program: Office hours: TR 11-12:30** 214 Anderson Hall *if I am not in my office, try the IH IH Lounge (Tutors): 215 Anderson Hall Lounge **I generally have about 100 students. O: please use my cell (emergencies only) Please make an appointment! C: 215-498-1780 Disability Statement: This course is open to all students who meet the academic requirements for participation. Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss the specific situation as soon as possible. Contact Disability Resources and Services at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Statement on Academic Freedom: Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The University has adopted a policy on Student and Faculty Academic Rights and Responsibilities (Policy # 03.70.02) which can be accessed through the following link: Prerequisite: Mosaic 1. Mosaic 1 & 2 and The Intellectual Heritage Program Mosaic is a two-course sequence that every student at Temple University is required to take as part of the university core curriculum. It is also a fairly new course, and your feedback will be especially valuable in shaping the course for the future. Mosaic is not an English course. Rather the sequence investigates texts as social agents and cultural archives--not only of the stories they intentionally craft and tell, but of their arguments, the assumptions and ideas imbedded within them, their uses throughout time, and our response to them. The aim of the sequence is to introduce a critical examination of primary texts and the ideas associated with them in our changing culture. Mosaic 1 is divided into four broad thematic units: Journeys, Self & Other, Community, and Ways of Knowing (religion). Mosaic 2 covers the themes of Science/Nature, Power, Money, & The Environment/City. By the end of the Mosaic sequence, students should be able to: 1 1. Read in its entirety an unfamiliar and problematic written text (theoretically, historically, or culturally challenging); 2. Recognize abstractions, large ideas, and implications associated with difficult written texts; 3. Make connections across disciplines, history, and cultural boundaries; 4. Construct positions, arguments, and interpretations through textual analysis and evaluation; 5. Produce thoughtful writing that reflects persuasive position and the conventions of academic discourse. Mosaic II is designed to build upon skills learned in Mosaic I to prepare you to be successful in all academic subject areas, including your major. In this class we will trace the outline of some conversations that haunt the subject of civilization as it grapples with the existential issues raised in Mosaic I and takes them deeper. Texts (required--available at Temple bookstore or Zavelle's): Pollan, Michael. The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World. Random House, 2002. ISBN: 0375760393. Jenner, Edward. Vaccination against Smallpox. Prometheus Books, 1996. ISBN: 1573920649. Homer. The Iliad. Trans. and ed. Stanley Lombardo. Hackett, 1997. ISBN 0872203522. Sun Tzu. The Art of War. Trans. Thomas Cleary. Shambhala, 2005. ISBN: 1590302257. Marx, Karl. Capital: A New Abridgement. Ed. David McLellan. Oxford World Classics, 1999. Old ISBN 0192838725. New ISBN 0199535701. More, Thomas. Utopia. Trans. Clarence H. Miller. Yale Univ. Press, 2001. ISBN 0300084293. Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Vintage, 1992. ISBN: 067974195X. Weisman, Alan. The World Without Us. Thomas Dunne Books, 2007. ISBN: 0312427905. Supplementary texts will be provided by pdf or url. There will be one major supplementary reading per Unit (a chapter or article excerpted from a text). PLEASE NOTE: A hard copy is needed of all texts for classroom use. Purchase your texts now, as they may not be available at the last minute. If a text comes as a pdf, plan to print it out. All Mosaic texts are also on reserve in the library. I do not allow Laptops or other devices in the classroom, including to access online texts. 2 Workload The overall reading workload in this course is large, and these are challenging readings. Refer to the syllabus and plan accordingly. If changes are made to the syllabus, they will be announced on e-mail and in class. Computers, Internet, Blackboard, and E-mail You MUST have regular access to a computer that has high speed internet access to complete this course. Expect regular Blackboard posts and e-mails from me, as well as to submit posts and read posts by other students on-line. Please check Blackboard and your e-mail frequently. E-mail is also the best way to get a hold of me outside of class; I am very responsive to e-mail. In-Class Discussion Participation in class discussions is absolutely crucial. You will not make it through this class if you are not prepared to engage the texts, me, and each other. If you have difficulty speaking in class, you must see me to devise a plan for your success in this area. Graded Writing Assignments There are many types of graded written assignments in this class. Together these are meant to develop your deep reading and analytical thinking skills. For each Unit you will compile a Folio of different assignments. The contents of each Folio and descriptions of individual assignments will be posted in the Assignments folder on Blackboard (Bb) at the beginning of each unit. Assignments will be uploaded to Blackboard through SafeAssign or the Discussion Board. Some assignments will have individual due dates. The final due date for the entire Folio is listed on the Syllabus. Items without individual due dates are due at this time. Individual assignments will not be graded. Instead, you will receive a grade for each Unit Folio as a whole. However, you will receive comments for individual assignments and for the Folio as a whole which will indicate what improvement needs to be made where. All assignments except the Ouvre Finale (see below) can be rewritten. Some of the types of Assignments you will have: Essays: longer (3-6 pp), formal (citations) analytical writing Discussion Board posts (Forums): short (approx. 250 words) analytical writing Sketches: 1-3 pp creative/reflective writing--these might be started in class or as homework Journals: specific, technical assignments involving research and/or reflection You will also be asked sometimes to do other homework in preparation for class discussion. Ultimately your grade will be for the products of your process, i.e. your written work. However the process--class discussions, group work etc.--is all part of your preparation for this product and thus participation will be reflected in your Unit Folio grades. 3 In addition to the 4 Unit Folios, there will be an Ouvre Finale which will serve in place of a final exam. The focus and distribution of work for the Folios is as follows: Unit 5: Science [Reflection: The Journey] Folio #1: Seeing/Being Seen Contents: 2 Journals; Group Research Report; Forum; 2 sketches. (Total: 6 items) Unit 6: Power [Reflection: Self & Other] Folio #2: Love & War Contents: Essay; Group tracking report--summary & evaluation; Forum; 2 sketches. (Total: 5 items) Unit 7 : Money [Reflection: Community] Folio #3: The Pursuit of Happiness Contents: Essay, Forum, 2 sketches (Total: 4 items) Unit 8: City/Environment [Reflection: Ways of Knowing/Faith] Folio #4: Les Lieux de Memoire: The (Imagined) Landscape Contents: Essay, Forum, Sketch (Total: 3 items) Oeuvre Finale: History, Memory, Mythology Folio #5: For the Record Contents: Hybrid Reflective Project (essay/sketch/journal 4 pps), Quote ID (2 items) This semester we will interrogate the overall Mosaic goal of text and information literacy through the lens of visual literacy with. To this end, you will note that the syllabus includes listings of the "Mosaic At the Movies" film series. None of these movies are mandatory. However, you are heavily encouraged to view at least one of these movies this semester and to write a review of it for the class that incorporates themes and motifs from our texts. If you choose to watch a minimum of 4 movies from the series this semester, you may substitute an expanded essay in this format for the essay in Folio 3. A NOTE ON LATE ASSIGNMENTS: I do grant extensions provided a request is made reasonably in advance of the due date--i.e. not the night before. Assignments will not normally be marked down for lateness if an extension is granted. Also do not just simply not hand in assignments. This will severely affect your grade. Speak to me instead. Absences If you miss two weeks worth of class, this is grounds for failure. I would highly suggest you not miss more than 2 classes. This is not a class that takes place alone in your room. We make it together. Be there. Contact me whenever you miss class 4 to acknowledge your absence and inquire about what you missed. This is called taking responsibility. You don't have to make up a story about somebody dying. Just tell the truth, and if you do have a serious issue or emergency, please contact me directly. You are responsible for all missed assignments. You will need to get notes on missed class discussions from a classmate. Make a friend in the class right away. Lateness If you are late, come in silently and gracefully and immediately engage yourself with the class. You may not consistently come late to class. Grading Folios will be graded on a point basis. You will be informed of the total possible points for the assignment and any grading criteria for the assignment. At the end of the semester I will simply add up the points from your various assignments to determine your final grade. Final grades will be given based on the following point totals: A+ 98* B+ 88 C+ 78 D+ 68 F Below A 93 B 83 C 73 D 63 that A- 90 B- 80 C- 70 D- 60 However, the university does not actually award A+ grades, so A+ grades will be reported as A's. Please also note that if you have a 93, you've already achieved an A. Assessment Areas Number of Points Per Number of Points Total Folios 5 @ 20 pts each 100 pts Total All grades will be reported to Grade Center on Blackboard so that we can both keep track of your accumulating points throughout the semester. Standard University Midterm Assessments will also be made. You must receive a C- or above in the class or the course must be taken again. I highly suggest that if you have a grade you must achieve to maintain a scholarship, if you wish to get an A in the class, or if you have any other special interest or need such as a disability that requires accomodation that you send me a personal e-mail of introduction by the second week of class. While I cannot guarantee you the grade you desire, I can better help you to achieve your goals if you inform me of them. A Note on Effort While effort is very important, it is only the results of your effort (i.e. finished work) which can be ultimately graded. Conferencing with me, drafting, and rewriting will 5 add nuance to your performance, but will not effect the grades on assignments themselves. Only your good work will. Remember that. Food and Drink are Fine. Fainting is not. Be alert, alive, and responsive. My Availability My schedule is tight, and my office hours are limited. So please, e-mail me first for an appointment if you need to see me. I may also be able to schedule to meet at other times. E-mail and telephone conferences can also be arranged. Please e-mail me for clarification or evaluations of any kind, or if anything really traumatic or disconcerting happens in your life that affects your work. My Cellphone I'm giving you my cellphone number for emergency use and scheduled telephone conferences. Emergency includes: I have not shown up for class or an appointment and 10 minutes have past. If this occurs, please call my cell phone to find out why I'm not there, rather than just leaving. While a day off may seem appealing, we have so much material to cover that we really need to hold every class. If I am 15 minutes late because my daughter threw up on me and I had to change, I still want to hold class. Please call. Please do NOT call me because YOU are late. Just come if you can. Otherwise e-mail. Additional Resources ~IH Tutors--available in the IH Lounge, 215 Anderson Hall on a drop-in basis for help in comprehending texts and writing papers. A schedule will be posted on Blackboard. ~The Writing Center: Tuttleman Learning Center, Room 201. Available for drop in and scheduled appointments. 215-204-0700. ~Tuttleman Counseling Services, 5th floor of 181 Liacouras Walk. 215-204-7726 Students experiencing personal problems may go to Tuttleman Counseling Services which houses such special units as Psychological Services, Sexual Assault Counseling, Drug and Alcohol Referral, and Counseling. Assistance is confidential and free of charge. Outside of regular hours, call the Temple University Crisis Hotline at 215-707-2577. Policy on Academic Honesty: The section in italics below is quoted verbatim from the Temple University Bulletin. Temple University believes strongly in academic honesty and integrity. Plagiarism and academic cheating are, therefore, prohibited. Essential to intellectual growth is the development of independent thought and a respect for the thoughts of others. The prohibition against plagiarism and cheating is intended to foster this independence 6 and respect. Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of another person's labor, another person's ideas, another person's words, another person's assistance. Normally, all work done for courses -- papers, examinations, homework exercises, laboratory reports, oral presentations -- is expected to be the individual effort of the student presenting the work. Any assistance must be reported to the instructor. If the work has entailed consulting other resources -- journals, books, or other media -- these resources must be cited in a manner appropriate to the course. It is the instructor's responsibility to indicate the appropriate manner of citation. Everything used from other sources -- suggestions for organization of ideas, ideas themselves, or actual language -- must be cited. Failure to cite borrowed material constitutes plagiarism. Undocumented use of materials from the World Wide Web is plagiarism. Academic cheating is, generally, the thwarting or breaking of the general rules of academic work or the specific rules of the individual courses. It includes falsifying data; submitting, without the instructor's approval, work in one course which was done for another; helping others to plagiarize or cheat from one's own or another's work; or actually doing the work of another person. Students must assume that all graded assignments, quizzes, and tests are to be completed individually unless otherwise noted in writing in this syllabus. I reserve the right to refer any cases of suspected plagiarism or cheating to the University Disciplinary Committee; I also reserve the right to assign a grade of "F" for the given paper, quiz or test. 7 ...
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