MIT21A_226F09_lec01

MIT21A_226F09_lec01 - Sept. 9, 2009 1 INTRODUCTION TO...

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Sept. 9, 2009 1 INTRODUCTION TO COURSE I. Housekeeping A. Send around piece of paper; each of you should include: name e-mail year m a j o r previous anthropology or sociology courses? why taking the course? B. Books 1. Available at the Coop; they are required C. The 2005 version of the course is available at OpenCourseWare site 1. This year’s version will not be the same, but looking over these materials will give you an idea of what’s covered D. Misc. 1. Lectures will be posted after being presented on the class website 2. All readings will be posted a. Some work remains at the website, but for the most part it’s ready 3. So will supplemental readings, usually from the mass media; many are already there a. If newspaper articles are posted for a particular class, they are optional reading—only the scholarly pieces are required b. Keep the supplemental readings in mind when you’re deciding on a paper topic 4. There are some mistakes on the syllabus, nothing serious II.
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2 1. Improve communication skills, especially writing a. The syllabus contains the specifics of the CI-H component of the course B. Course requirements 1. No prerequisites 2. Strong discussion component a. Basic format is 1 hour lecture, ½ discussion b. Lectures themselves are very interactive c. Study questions on the readings will be posted at the website 1) You’ll be asked to answer these in class at random d. Students will be asked to bring discussion questions e. Students will be asked to work in groups and present your findings f. The forum at the website allows us to read one another’s Reader Responses 3. Written assignments are fairly easy 4. Reading a. As it says on the syllabus, you must do the reading b. Reader responses 1) Consisting of a few sentences, a paragraph , nothing you can’t do in 5 minutes, after doing the readings 2) I’ve found these to be quite useful: students come much more prepared to discuss the reading 3 ) T h e y m u s
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3 4) Reader Responses can be about any of the reading for that week 5) They’re not graded a ) T h e y are required 6) All of this is covered on the syllabus 7) Should be posted on the website in the “Forum” section a)
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MIT21A_226F09_lec01 - Sept. 9, 2009 1 INTRODUCTION TO...

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