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Unformatted text preview: W170: Reality Television and American Identity Spring 2008 W170 Section 7405 / 7406 TR 2:30P - 3:45 / TR 4:00P 5:15 Forest C238 / Kirkwood 203 Instructor: Ana Maria Owusu-Tyo Office: Office Hours: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Required Book Purchases & Course Materials: Holmes, Su and Deborah Jermyn, ed. Understanding Reality Television . New York: Routledge, 2004. Murray, Susan and Laurie Ouellette, ed. Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture . New York: New York UP, 2004. Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing . New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2006. Course Objectives: The purpose of this course, simply put, is to work at improving your ability to read, write, and think analytically through examining materials from popular culture that relate to reality television. Assignments Pitch for Reality Television Program 2-4 pages 100 points Weekly Quizzes  10 points each 80 points total Forum Posts  100 words each 10 points each 50 points total Participation 50 points Summary 1-2 page 100 points Response 2-3 pages 120 points Comparing Two Authors Claims (Part 1) 3-5 pages 100 points Comparing Two Authors Claims (Part 2) 5-7 pages 150 points Final Project Proposal 2-4 pages 50 points Final Research Project 8-10 pages 200 points total 1000 points Check class schedule and Calendar on oncourse for due dates Please note: Incompletes will not, under any circumstances, be given. Paper Preparation Papers should be typed, double spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman font and margins should be 1 from the top, 1 from the bottom, and 1.25 from the left and the right side of the page. Be sure to include a works cited page when necessary. You should also put your name, assignment name and number, date and title on the left hand corner of the first page only, Do not include a separate title page . I will automatically deduct 20 points from any assignment that does not conform to the format outlined above . Paper Submission Papers should be submitted on oncourse. Late Papers I expect all papers and assignments to be handed in on the date and at the time it is due. I will deduct 10 points for each day the assignment is late regardless of the reason for the lateness (this includes the day the assignment is due, weekends and non-class days) and I will not accept an assignment that is more than 7 days late under any circumstances. Attendance This course will emphasize discussion. Much of your work will consist of talking with others about your writing and the published texts we read. Your participation is both essential and expected . In addition, you will be responsible for your participation in various small group activities and in-class writing exercises. Therefore, this is not a course in which you can cut class and somehow make up the work you have missed. You are allowed two absences , which I encourage you to save for those time when you really need to take them as there are no excused...
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