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THIS IS THE CLASS HOME PAGE FOR  TNS560  FALL 2016  CLASS


OFFICE HOURS
(Read the office hours policies available via this same link before you come to see me.)

IMPORTANT LINKS
ANNOUNCEMENTS
are in reverse chronological order--You should go through all announcements since your last visit, as simple common sense would suggest! NOTE: excuses such as "I did not know this was available via the class homepage," or "I did not have time to go to the class home page," and so on, will not be tolerated. In this class, intellectual laziness has its price: a poor grade.
[[]] Online Course Materials

[[]] Syllabus Packet

[[]] Office Hours

[[]] Newseum.org

[[]] UB Undergraduate Advising Services

[[]]
CAS Undergraduate Advising Services

[[]] A-Z index of all UB websites

[[]]  Links to external web sites with information that may be of relevance to course material covered in this class.

[[]] Study Guides and Strategies (effective study habits, taking notes, overcoming test anxiety, writing research papers, test-taking tips, etc.)

[[]] Khan Academy (free video tutorials on math, science, economics, finance, etc.)

[[]] Race/racism in the News

[[]] Understanding Financial Aid (and avoiding lifelong debt)

[[]] Articles on Health

[[]] Choosing safe consumer products

[[]] Sleep and Sleeplessness

[[]] WolframAlpha (fact-based knowledge engine)

[[]] Food and Nutrition Information Center

[[]] Requesting Letters of Recommendation from me.

[[]] Test/Quiz scores, plus Attendance Record 

[[]]  Occupational Outlook Handbook (critically important information compiled by the U.S. government on almost any job career you can ever think of).

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Procedural democracy-related links you must also explore:

[[]] How laws are made in the U.S. 

[[]] Path to the Supreme Court (Chart)

[[]] U.S. Supreme Court Procedures

[[]] U.S. Supreme Court: Web site

[[]] The U.S. Judicial Process: The Federal Court System.

[[]] Legislation of the U.S. Congress (The Library of Congress Thomas web site)

[[]] Justice Denied.org

[[]] Famous trials in history


ANNOUNCEMENT NO.  6
Posted 12/6/2016
Folks:

1. Regarding the upcoming final exam, see your MyUB schedule for date/times. Note, however, that we will meet in our regular class in Clemens 117.

2. The exam will be a "verbal exam" requiring substantive participation by each of you--you may be called upon individually to consider specific scenes/paragraphs--during discussions of these materials:
  • (a) Documentary: An American Outrage.
  • (b) Documentary: Occupation 101.
  • (c) Docudrama: Something the Lord Made.
  • (d) Readings: items I, J, and K of Reading no. 9c of TNS 560 readings available via Part A of Online Course Materials.
  • (e) Definitions of "Race/Racism," "Agency," and "American Dream" from the Course Glossary (PART B of Online Course Materials). Note: these definitions have been revised in a few places. Make sure you also read any endnotes and study any included images.
See Part I of Online Course Materials for more info on the films. Films may be available on the internet and/or in the library and/or via Netflix, etc. Please let me know if you are unable to access any of these materials.

Pedagogic rationale for assigning you the AV materials: (a) Importance of integrating AV materials in your courses (the most effective learning takes place experientially; and AV materials serve as a proxy for experience); (b) these materials cover the kinds of issues/topics you may encounter in courses you may end up teaching for this department; and (c) it is not enough to study oppression in its ideological dimensions (the usual cultural studies "theory" approach common to most faculty who teach in this department); one most also remain grounded in the lived experiences of oppressed peoples--that is, one must also take a political economic approach to the study of oppression. Yes. I consider an exclusive focus on ideology as essentially a hypocritical "cop-out" from having to consider the practical implications of one's own privileged position within systems of oppression
--a common trait of the Bourgeois Left (see definition in the Course Glossary).

3. Scores assigned for this "exam" will be based on (a) demonstration of diligent completion of this  assignment, and (b) quality and frequency of participation. NOTE: ESL speakers will have to make an extra effort this time around.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO.  5
Posted 11/10/2016
Guys:

1. The instructions for the teaching philosophy statement and the syllabus are available via item 3(a) in the syllabus packet (see left margin). Please go through them carefully. We can go over the instructions in class this coming Wednesday, if you wish.

2.
For those interested in the Trump petition, click here. (YouTube video on the electoral college versus the popular vote. Use it to discuss the nature of procedural democracy in your classes.)


ANNOUNCEMENT NO.  4
Posted 10/16/2016
Folks:

The term paper instructions are available via the link in the syllabus packet (see left margin). Please go through them carefully. We can go over the instructions in class this coming Wednesday, if you wish.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO.  3
Posted 9/26/2015

People:

The updated readings schedule that takes us to the end of the semester is available via item 2(a) of the syllabus packet. Link is on the left.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 2
Posted 9/14/2016

Guys:

Readings for next week (Wed. 9/21/2016): *6(a); *8 (comprises multiple readings: *Preface, *7, 8, *13, 15, 16, *17, 18, and *20); PLUS *8(a).

 


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 1
Posted 8/31/2016


Guys/Folks/People:

Welcome to the class home page for TNS 560 which you are required to visit on a regular basis. Your failure to follow instructions posted via announcements on this page will NOT be looked on kindly. You have been warned!  This page will be redesigned and updated soon but in the mean time please download and read ALL the documents below which will give you information on basic course requirements, the first reading assignments, and other such goodies.

A note about e-mails:

Do not send me e-mails that do not begin with this proper salutation (Dear...) and closure (Sincerely,...), otherwise you may not get a response.


Important Links

A-Z Index of all UB websites

1. Office Hours: see link above. (Note: read the office hours policies available via this same link before you come to see me.)

2. Preliminary Syllabus 

2a Syllabus--Appendix I and Syllabus--Appendix II

3. Missed Test/Attendance Form

4. Etiquette (U.B. Policy)

5. Complaints

6. Policy on Academic Freedom

7. Online Course Materials: See main page of this site.
 




A-Z Index of all UB websites
 

Miscellaneous Info (may or may not be relevant)



One of my favorite web sites (not recommended except for those with a lot of common sense): darwinawards.com Guys: If anybody knows the answer to the following question posed by the Dilbert Cartoonist, Scott Adams, let me know: "If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?"


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