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THIS IS THE CLASS HOME PAGE FOR  AAS 293  FALL 2018  CLASS



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.
 
OFFICE HOURS
Make sure you read the policies on office hours before you come to see me.
[[]] Online Course Materials

[[]] Syllabus Packet

[[]] Class notes

[[]] 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

[[]] 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. 14
Posted 12/6/2018

Folks: Please note:
1. My office hours for next week have changed. See link above or on the left.
2. For the final exam, study the materials specified here


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 13
Posted 11/29/2018

For next Monday's (12/3) verbal bonus quiz, study these three items: 
Reading no. GL-1 (including any accompanying images) available via this "click path": Materials for Course Assignments ---> Part A (Readings) ---> GL-1: Reading--Forced Sterilization....; AND this reading available here; AND this reading available here.

NOTE: for the test next week see the next announcement below. Reminder: final exam is during exam week (as required by school regulations).


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 12
Posted 11/26/2018


Guys: This is a two-part announcement. Read both parts right away.

PART 1
For Wednesday's (11/28) verbal bonus quiz, study the following TWO items (including all images that are present): All sections except the first two sections (which are optional) of this
item available here, and the second item is a chart titled "Path to the Supreme Court." (Link is in the left margin toward the bottom).

PART 2
For the test coming up next week, see the course calendar in section one of the syllabus packet, study the following material:
(a) Textbook, pages 251 through 278
(b) Section Two (section one is optional) of the document that defines the term "Military Industrial Complex" available via the Online Course Glossary (which is Part B of 
Materials for Course Assignments
(c) This item here on military demographics.
(d) The three video items from the next two announcements below.
(e) This item available here on a case called Juliana v. United States.
(Example of civic engagement at work.)
Reminder:
Always, always, always, study any images that may be present in any assignment!

Yes, you can bring notes. Also bring a pen to the test (not a pencil).


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 11
Posted 11/19/2018

People:
For Monday's (11/26) verbal bonus quiz, study the following TWO readings (including all images that are present): Reading no. RG-30 and Reading no. RG-31 available via this "click-path": Materials for Course Assignments --> Part A (Readings). You can bring only hand-written notes to class. Reminder: Always, always, always, study any images that may be present in any assignment! By the way, Reading RG-30 is a two-part assignment.
Documentary assignment announced in class today, which you must see by December 3: This is the link: https://buffalo.box.com/v/testvid (If you weren't in class today ask your classmates for their notes on why this documentary has been assigned.) If you can't stream the video, you may have to download it first.
NOTE: The Percy Julian film can also now also be accessed via this link: https://buffalo.box.com/v/percy. If you can't stream the video, you may have to download it first. (See also the next announcement below.)


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 10
Posted 11/16/2018
Folks:
For Monday's (11/19) verbal bonus quiz, study the following definition from the course glossary (including all images that may be present): "Rule of Law." You can bring only hand-written notes to class. Reminder: Always, always, always, study any images that may be present in any assignment!
Film assignment: As indicated on the last test (no. 3), you must see these two films by the end of this month:
Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius (available on reserve in the undergraduate library, or via this click path: Part G (of online course materials)--> section 2--> RA, no. 22.
Something the Lord Made (available in the undergraduate library, and/or possibly on Netflix; and/or possibly somewhere on the internet).  NOTE: When you see these films, pay special attention to the background context of the story.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 9
Posted 11/13/2018
Guys:
For Wednesday's (11/14) verbal bonus quiz, study the following materials (including all images that may be present):
(a) This reading available here. (Concerns authentic democracy, subjective interests, and Native Americans--against the backdrop of procedural democracy.)
(b) Reading no. 8 available here. <--print this reading, study it, and bring it with you to class.
(c) Reading no. K, available as part of item no. 1 in Section Three of the syllabus packet (link on the left). <--study this reading really carefully.

You can bring only hand-written notes to class (except for b). Reminder: Always, always, always, study any images that may be present in any assignment! NOTE, as per last announcement: To those who are concerned about their GPA and the grade they will get in this course, I strongly urge you to take advantage of the extra-credit verbal quizzes we have been doing and will continue to do--per your wishes. Additionally, please note this about the final exam: those who have accumulated a significant number of points from these quizzes will be allowed to convert part of their final exam score to a bonus points score. (I will decide what is significant.)  If you have a legitimate documented reason for missing class, you can make up the bonus quiz during my office hours. (Make sure you study the assigned material--you will be writing a written test.)

ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 8
Posted 11/8/2018

Folks: 
To those who are concerned about their GPA and the grade they will get in this course, I strongly urge you to take advantage of the extra-credit verbal quizzes we have been doing and will continue to do--per your wishes. Additionally, please note this about the final exam: those who have accumulated a significant number of points from these quizzes will be allowed to convert part of their final exam score to a bonus points score. (I will decide what is significant.) Now, for the verbal quiz for Monday next week (11/12) come prepared to be quizzed on:
(a) On the just up-dated course-glossary definition of "identity politics";
(b) section one only of this reading here--but study all images in the entire reading;
(c) this reading here; and
(d) reading CW/CS-32(a) (see next announcement below). 

You can bring only hand-written notes to class; however, bring a printed copy of CW/CS-32(a) in its entirety--including sources--and make sure you also study the entire document.
Reminder:
Always, always, always, study any images that may be present in any assignment! If you have a legitimate documented reason for missing class, you can make up the bonus quiz during my office hours. (Make sure you study the assigned material--you will be writing a written test.)

ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 7
Posted 11/2/2018

People:
For the test coming up on Wednesday next week, see the course calendar in Section One of the syllabus packet (link on the left), study these items (make sure you study any images that may be present in ALL these readings!):

(a) Textbook: pages 207 through 250.
(b) MLK-1,
(c) MLK-II,
(d) Reading no. CW/CS-31 available via this "click-path": Materials for Course Assignments --> Part A (Readings). Note: Read only the first two numbered pages (the "genius" who designed this reading has page numbers in the margins).
(e) Reading no. CW/CS-32(a) available via this "click-path": Materials for Course Assignments --> Part A (Readings). Note: You can bring a printed version of this document to the test. There is a timeline in this document; make sure you study that too. (Example of a question on the timeline is below.) By the way, as mentioned in class, almost everything specified in this document is under attack today in order to make this country "great again." (Readings b, c, d, and e, are related--how? )
(f) All discussions and any videos played in class since the last test.
(g) The film: Places in the Heart assigned to you weeks ago (available on reserve in Capen Library--questions on the film will be very detailed in order to determine that you did view the film with diligence).
(h) These three course-glossary definitions: "Objective Interests," "Essentialism," and "Identity Politics" available in Part B of Materials for Course Assignments.
(i) Bonus questions will come from the reading on "stupidity" (item no. 4 of Section Three of the syllabus packet).

I am allowing you to bring hand-written notes only to the test, and a printed version of (e) above, but nothing else to consult.(Only the Note takers, however, who have been typing their notes for the class, can bring them printed.) A WARNING to all: Do NOT plagiarize anything--everything should be in your own words!

Example of TIMELINE question: "Thus it is not enough just to open the gates of opportunity. All our citizens must have the ability to walk through those gates. This is the next and the more profound stage of the battle for civil rights." Name the Timeline item where this quote appears.

A note about e-mails:
Never send me e-mails that do not begin with this proper salutation (Dear...) and closure (Sincerely,...), otherwise you may not get a response.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 6
Posted 10/30/2018

Guys:
For Wednesday's (10/31) verbal bonus quiz, study the following materials (including all images that may be present):
  • As announced in class, the remaining sections of the race/racism definition (including all the images) in the course glossary available here. (Yes, beginning with section 6 onwards.)
  • This reading available here.      
  • Reminder: as explained before, those who come to class after a quiz is over or are entirely absent will not get any points.

    Monday's quiz = 4 out of 6

ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 5
Posted 10/24/2018

Guys:
For next week Monday's (10/29) verbal bonus quiz, study the following materials (including all images that may be present):
  • Sections 3, 4, and 5 of the race/racism definition (including all the images) in the course glossary available here. (Yes, section 3 is a repeat.)
  • The highlighted paragraphs (in grey) of this item available here (those of you who are striving to be knowledgeable may want to read the whole article).
  • This item available here.
  • Item no. CW/CS-12  available via this "click path": Materials for Course Assignments ---> Part A (Readings) ---> CW/CS12: Reading--Democracy....
  • This item available here.
Yes. You can bring HANDWRITTEN notes only.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 4
Posted 10/22/2018

Folks:
For this coming Wednesday's verbal bonus quiz: (a) study Derek Bell's Foreword in the textbook and (b) study the Introduction plus first three sections of the race/racism definition (including all the images) in the course glossary available here. The reading I discussed in class today is here. Yes. You can bring HANDWRITTEN notes only.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 3
Posted 10/10/2018

People:
This is a two-part announcement: One concerns the upcoming test next week, and the other concerns a film assignment.  NOTE: For this test, I am allowing you to bring handwritten notes only to the test (note takers, however, can bring their printed notes with them). A WARNING to all: Do NOT plagiarize anything--everything should be in your own words!

First, about the test: As per course calendar (see link in the syllabus packet on the left), and the reminder in class today, Test no. 2 will be next week. It will be based on these materials:

  • (a) All class proceedings (discussions, videos, etc.) for this period September 17 through October 3.
  • (b) These readings from the required textbook: Pages 78 through 106; PLUS pages 177 through 205.  Advice: when you prepare notes for these readings, use the headings/sub-headings in the readings to organize your notes.
  • (c) This film assigned to you weeks ago: The Great Debaters (starring Denzel Washington). Pay close attention to the debate topics as well as the other events that take place in the film outside of the debates.
  • (d) The definition of "democracy" in the Course Glossary which you can access here. Warning: Do not ignore any images that are part of the definition.
  • (e) Bonus questions will come from the reading on "stupidity" (item no. 4 of section three of the syllabus packet).
Second, about the film assignment: View with diligence this film by October 31: Amistad.

A note about e-mails:

Never send me e-mails that do not begin with this proper salutation (Dear...) and closure (Sincerely,...), otherwise you may not get a response.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 2
Posted 9/12/2018

Folks:
As announced in class, Test no. 1 will be on Wednesday, September 19th. It will be based on these materials:

  • (a) All class proceedings (discussions, videos, etc.) for this period August 29 through September 12.
  • (b) These readings from the required textbook: All front matter (meaning all pages numbered in Roman numerals), PLUS pages 51 through 78.
  • (c) The film: La Haine
  • (d) Slide images 1 through 10 under Democracy (part A) available via "Slide-Images: Thought-Provoking..." link in Part H of Online Course Materials.

Test format: closed book; short and long answer written questions.

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.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 1
Posted 9/10/2018

People:

Welcome to the class home page for AAS 293 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!  

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.




A-Z Index of all UB websites

 

Miscellaneous Info (may or may not be relevant)


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