- RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS(SOC 119) – Spring 2011 T/R – 4:15 – 5:30 pm 100 THOMAS BUILDING INSTRUCTOR: Dr.

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Unformatted text preview: RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS (SOC 119) – Spring 2011 T/R – 4:15 – 5:30 pm 100 THOMAS BUILDING INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Sam Richards 416 Oswald Tower 814 ­863 ­7456 Office Hours: * see me before and after class and by appointment E ­MAIL: [email protected] WEB PAGE: www.worldinconversation.org ANGEL AND BLOG SUPERVISOR: Santeena Brown – [email protected] Contact her for ANGEL and BLOG issues Office Hours: see before or after class EXAM QUESTIONS: Julia Tomaszewsky – [email protected] Office Hours : Mon & Wed 2 :30 ­3 :30 pm (or by appt.) 416 Oswald Tower • how to study for the exam • make up exams DISCUSSION GROUP COORDINATOR: Danna Jayne Seballos – [email protected] Contact DJ only if you have personal problems related to your group “I found that the chief difficulty for most people was to realize that they had really heard ‘new things’: that is, things that they had never heard before. They kept translating what they heard into their habitual language. They had ceased to hope and believe there might be anything new.”  ­ ­ Ouspensky BOOKS: Shadowboxing With Race, Richards Articles on the Web – at the SOC 119 page on www.worldinconversation.org site “Teachers who offer you the ultimate answers do not possess the ultimate answers, for if they did, they would know that the ultimate answers cannot be given, they can only be received.”  ­ ­ Tom Robbins PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF THE COURSE: To inspire you to think critically and actively about issues related to race and ethnicity. Notice that the objective is not to get you to think in any particular way, and it is certainly not to “teach” you to think like me. Just think critically and try to get outside the box—the “box” being whatever it is that you imagine you are supposed to believe. The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation in this course or have questions about physical access, please tell the instructor as soon as possible. ASSIGNMENTS USING ANGEL There is only one assignment that you submit through Angel (your Intense Debate name submission for your TAs). Nonetheless, we will be keeping track of your grades on ANGEL. (http://angel.psu.edu) EXAMS  ­ 90 Points There will be TWO exams for the course. Each exam will have 45 multiple choice questions and cover the readings, lectures (including guest speakers), and films. The second exam is not cumulative and will only cover the material from the second part of the course. Your exam grades will be sent to you and will show up in ANGEL. st EXAM ONE: Tuesday, March 1 (during class time in 100 Thomas) EXAM ONE READING LIST: Shadowboxing Articles (Parts 1 & 2) and online articles st EXAM TWO: Sunday, May 1 or During the Scheduled Finals Week Day/Time EXAM TWO READING LIST: Shadowboxing Articles (Part 3) and online articles . EXAM MAKE ­UP POLICY: If you miss an exam for any reason, you must contact Julia BEFORE the exam ([email protected]). If for some reason you cannot contact Julia, then call (or have someone call) the Assistance and Information Center in the HUB (863 ­2020) and have them contact me with the reason for your absence on the exam day. If we are not notified before the exam, then there is a very real possibility that you will not be able to take the exam and will receive an “F.” “The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.”  ­ ­ Hannah Arendt INTENSE DEBATE BLOG RESPONSES  ­ 26 Points You have THIRTEEN short writing assignments (blog responses) due for this class and they’re worth 2 points each. They have a 450 word minimum length. You will submit these on the World in Conversation Project blog (www.worldinconversation.org) What you need to do for each one of these is respond to a blog post (either an article or a video) in the “U.S. Race Relations” section of the blog. You can say anything you want – just keep it civil. These assignments are due on Fridays at midnight beginning the second Friday of the semester. See the course schedule. HOW TO SET UP YOUR INTENSE DEBATE ACCOUNT st This is a 3 ­step process due Friday, January 21 at midnight STEP ONE: Creating your account (it’s free) You need to create an Intense Debate account to be used for the entirety of the semester. Go to the following website: http://www.intensedebate.com/ The name that you use for your account is the name that will show up on the World in Conversation Project blog when you post your responses. For example: “lipstickonacow” or “freakflag8” (3 ­15 characters) STEP TWO: Registering your account on ANGEL After you have created your account, you need to post your account information on Angel so that your TA’s can document your grades. Under Lessons, click on “Intense Debate Registration” and follow the instructions for the entry. STEP THREE: Posting on the blog so that your TAs can follow you 1. Go to the blog: www.worldinconversation.org 2. Click on: “Intense Debate Registration” in the list of CATEGORIES in the right column 3. Scroll down until you find the post for the first letter of your last name 4. Scroll to the bottom of the post and log into Intense Debate using your I.D. user name 5. Type in a one word response (or two or three...whatever)  ­ ­ what’s going to happen is that your TA is going to find your I.D. user name in Angel and then find you in that list of people whose last name begins with, in my case the letter R, and then he or she will “follow” you so that later they can easily find YOUR blog posts among the many hundreds of weekly blog posts HOW TO MAKE A COMMENT ON THE BLOG 1. Go to: www.worldinconversation.org 2. Go to the blog posts that are available for SOC 119 by clicking on “U.S. Race Relations” in the right column 3. Go to the end of the blog entry about which you want to make a comment 4. Click on “Comments” 5. Click on “Login” and then sign in with your Intense Debate account name and password 6. Scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will find the text box HOW TO SEE YOUR GRADES Blog Responses are due Fridays by MIDNIGHT. TAs will begin grading at that time. They will be following your responses using Intense Debate as well. After grading your response, they will enter your grade into the Angel grade book. If you don’t have your blog response in on time, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT (NOR PARTIAL CREDIT). ** YOUR TA CANNOT ACCEPT BLOG RESPONSES VIA EMAIL*** 1. It is your responsibility for knowing if your blog submission was posted correctly. To find out, just update the blog. 2. Keep track of your grades and make certain that you are on the same page as your TAs. It is your responsibility to address ALL discrepancies with your TAs. To see if a grade is posted, while in ANGEL go to: Tools Course Grade Book your name (to see comments). If you see the grade, then it was received. Your TA’s are grading weekly. If grades are not up ­to ­date, contact Santeena ([email protected]) and she’ll get on the TAs ATTENDANCE  ­ 37 Points LECTURE: You receive 13 points for attending all of the lectures. You can miss three classes without penalty, but after those three, we’ll subtract one point for each missed class. THERE ARE NO EXCUSED ABSENCES (THAT MEANS NONE WHATSOEVER!) SO USE YOUR “THREE FREE MISSES” PRUDENTLY. DISCUSSION GROUP: You receive two points for each discussion group you attend for a total of 24 points. There is ONE excused absence for missing a group. JUST ONE! Use it wisely. After that miss, you lose points regardless of the reason. Period. No exceptions. (You can’t apply your “freebies” from lecture to group or vice versa.) ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception, and is an educational objective of this institution. Academic dishonesty includes cheating, plagiarizing, or facilitating acts of dishonesty of others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person. PROJECTS  ­ 20 Points FAMILY – HOME (INDIVIDUAL) PROJECT (5 points) th * DUE: Friday, February 4 , midnight HAITI ENTREPRENEURIAL (GROUP) PROJECT (15 points) nd * DUE: Friday, April 22 , midnight You will find the information about these projects on the www.worldinconversation.org web site. iCLICKERS  ­ 5 Points You need to use your iClicker at least 2/3 of the time that I put up questions in class. This means that you need to bring it to class for 2/3 of the lectures. As you don’t use it, we start deducting points. FACIAL RECOGNITION RESEARCH  ­ 3 Points You have the opportunity to participate in some research on how humans recognize facial features. You will receive an email about this along with a link and you’ll be able to find the link on the web site by probably early to mid February. DISCUSSION GROUPS One component of this class is the weekly discussion group. During this time, you will engage in conversation with a small number of your classmates in an informal setting. Because of the nature of the material (and the large size of the class), the group will provide an open forum for you to express yourself as well as to listen carefully to others. Two undergraduate teaching assistants will facilitate each group. These TAs are trained to foster open dialogue about the issues of race and ethnic relations. As the semester unfolds and trust develops in the group, we hope that you will be able to ask the difficult questions, share your hidden views and, through listening to others do the same, open yourself to seeing the value and validity of multiple perspectives. If you take the risk to be honest with yourself and others, you will undoubtedly leave the group having learned something. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the group, talk to one of your facilitators. If they cannot help you, contact DJ Seballos (the Discussion Group Coordinator). You will be evaluated on the basis of the quantity and quality of your contributions to your discussion group, as well as on the basis of how engaged you are as a listener. This is worth up to 5 points toward your final grade. In addition, the attendance at each group session is worth TWO points as noted above. If you’re more than 5 minutes late, you will receive half credit or one point for that day. Remember: there is only one excused absence for missing a group. WEEK ONE: st Assignments: Intense Debate Registration on ANGEL (due Friday, January 21 at midnight) Announcements: Discussion sections do not meet during the first two weeks of classes T Jan 11 – Intro to the Course R Jan 13 – Thinking Differently About Race and Ethnicity WEEK TWO: st Assignments: Intense Debate Registration on ANGEL DUE: Friday, January 21 at midnight st BLOG RESPONSE #1 DUE: Friday, January 21 at midnight Announcements: No discussion groups this week! T Jan 18 – Introduction to Race R Jan 20 – Introduction to Race (continued) WEEK THREE: th Assignments: BLOG RESPONSE #2 DUE: Friday, January 28 at midnight Announcements: Discussion groups begin meeting this week. T Jan 25 – Introduction to Ethnicity R Jan 27 – Introduction to Ethnicity (continued) WEEK FOUR: th Assignments: BLOG RESPONSE #3 DUE: Friday, February 4 at midnight th Family ­Home (Individual) Project Due: Friday, February 4 at midnight Announcements: Discussion groups meet this week. T Feb 1 – Understanding Social Inequality R Feb 3 – Understanding Social Inequality (continued) WEEK FIVE: th Assignments: BLOG RESPONSE #4 DUE: Friday, February 11 at midnight Announcements: Discussion groups meet this week. T Feb 8 – Race and Ethnic Inequality R Feb 10 –Race and Ethnic Inequality (continued) WEEK SIX: th Assignments: BLOG RESPONSE #5 DUE: Friday, February 18 at midnight Announcements: Discussion groups meet this week. T Feb 15 – Racism and Discrimination R Feb 17 – Racism and Discrimination (continued) WEEK SEVEN: th Assignments: BLOG RESPONSE #6 DUE: Friday, February 25 at midnight Announcements: Discussion groups meet this week. T Feb 22 – Global Issues R Feb 24 – Global Issues WEEK EIGHT: th Assignments: BLOG RESPONSE #7 DUE: Friday, March 11 at midnight Announcements: Discussion groups meet this week. ***(Work on Group Projects)*** * you have until Friday of Spring Break week to submit your blog (3/11/11) T Mar 1 – FIRST EXAM EXAM ONE READING LIST: Shadowboxing (Pts. 1 & 2), online readings R Mar 3 – Life 101 ~ SPRING BREAK ~ WEEK NINE: th Assignments: BLOG RESPONSE #8 DUE: Friday, March 18 at midnight Announcements: Discussion groups meet this week. T Mar 15 – Understanding Racial Identity Development R Mar 17 – Stages of White Racial Identity Development WEEK TEN: th Assignments: BLOG RESPONSE #9 DUE: Friday, March 25 at midnight Announcements: Discussion groups meet this week. T Mar 22 – Stages of Racial Identity Development for People of Color R Mar 24 – Race Relations WEEK ELEVEN: st Assignments: BLOG RESPONSE #10 DUE: Friday, April 1 at midnight Announcements: Discussion groups meet this week. ***(Work on Group Projects)*** T Mar 29 – Race Relations R Mar 31 – Race Relations WEEK TWELVE: th Assignments: BLOG RESPONSE #11 DUE: Friday, April 8 at midnight Announcements: Discussion groups meet this week. T Apr 5 – Race Relations R Apr 7 – Race Relations WEEK THIRTEEN: th Assignments: BLOG RESPONSE # 12 DUE: Friday, April 15 at midnight Announcements: Discussion groups meet this week. ***(Work on Group Projects)*** T Apr 12 – Race Relations R Apr 14 – Race Relations WEEK FOURTEEN: th Assignments: BLOG RESPONSE #13 DUE: Friday, April 22 at midnight (Final Blog) Announcements: Discussion groups meet this week. T Apr 19 – Race Relations R Apr 21 – Race Relations WEEK FIFTEEN: Assignments: None! Announcements: NO DISCUSSION GROUPS THIS WEEK SECOND EXAM will be during Finals Week and on Sun, May 1 at 1:00 pm in 100 Thomas (We’ll know the date when the final exam schedule is released) (You can take the second exam either on Sunday or during finals week) T Apr 26 – SOC 119 Group Projects R Apr 28 – A Look to the Future GRADING MATRIX EXAMS Exam #1 45 points Exam #2 45 points PROJECTS Family ­Home Project 5 points Haiti Entrepreneur Group Project 15 points BLOGS Weekly Blog Responses 26 points ATTENDANCE Discussion Group 24 points Lecture 13 points MISCELLANEOUS iClicker Participation 5 points Facial Recognition Research 3 points Intense Debate and FB Registration 4 points Discussion Group Participation 5 points TOTAL: 190 POINTS 190 ­179 = A 178  ­ 175 = A ­ 174 ­172 = B+ 171 ­163 = B 162 ­160 = B ­ 159 ­157 = C+ 156 ­143 = C 142 ­125 = D NOTES ON GRADING: It is your responsibility to keep track of your grades. So throughout the semester review your scores on ANGEL and discuss any discrepancies with your TAs. I DON’T DISCUSS GRADES OVER EMAIL. If you have a discrepancy at the end of the semester, please send an email to Santeena: [email protected] If we make a mistake with your grade, we WILL make things right. Don’t get nervous. Thanks in advance. ...
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