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THIS IS THE CLASS HOME PAGE FOR  AAS 294 / SPRING 2014  CLASS


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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

[[]] Winter Session Financial Aid/Fees

[[]] Newseum.org

[[]] UB Undergraduate Advising Services

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CAS Undergraduate Advising Services

[[]]  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 Reference 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. 7
Posted 5/6/2014 (UPDATED 5/7/2014)

People:

UPDATE: Click here for announcements related to the final exam and other related matters.

The student presentations are in Clemens 120. Instead of having class you must attend the presentations from 3:30 to (at least) 4:50 pm. James has kindly agreed to take attendance for me--if you come late or leave before 4:50 pm you will be marked as absent!


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 6
Posted 4/28/2014

Folks: Please note:

(1) I am adding the film "Rabbit Proof Fence" to the AV materials you must see and digest for the finals; and items EC2, EC3, and EC4 from Part A of Online Course Materials.

(2) The in-class essay topic for this coming Wednesday (4/30) reproduced from today's test is to weave together into a coherent whole, step-by-step, the following: (a) Ronald Takaki’s reading on multiculturalism, (b) Marillion’s music (Gaza, Uninvited Guest, Slainte Mhath, Beautiful, Estonia), (c) Excerpt from the film Gallipoli, (d) the concept of socialization from the course glossary, and (e) socially responsible music in the context of corporate monopoly capitalism. This exercise is an aspect of critical thinking that I want students in my classes to acquire (in this case, specifically, the ability to analytically connect information that, at first glance, appears unrelated but yet it is, when seen from the perspective of the "big picture.")                        


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 5
Posted 4/21/2014 (UPDATED: 4/22/2014)

Guys:
Please note this a four-part announcement:

Update: Test 3 will cover (a) materials specified in the syllabus for Test 3, (b) AV material shown in class but not covered on the previous tests, (c) Items 7(h) and 14 from the syllabus packet, (d) these items from Part G of Online Course Materials: Race= no. 22, and Education= nos. 2, and 4. NOTE: Material assigned in C below is for the final.

A) There will be a written pop-quiz before the semester is over. The question you will answer is this: Identify and Discuss any AV material screened in class or assigned as homework that was very helpful to you in understanding a relevant theme or concept covered in this course. The quiz will be graded on the basis of a three-part grading scale: satisfactory, or partially satisfactiory, or unsatisfactory. NOTE: a pop-quiz, by definition, can not be made up.

B) The term paper outline topics (plus due date) is now available as item D of item no. 3 of the syllabus packet.

C) Please read and digest the following additional materials (a) the brief note I have prepared for you on Spellbound that you can access under item FG-1 of Part A of Online Course Materials; (b) items ER-23, ER-23(a), and (c) item RBB-7  of  Part A of Online Course Materials.

D) Those of you who may be looking for a Gen Ed course for next semester may want to consider some of these really interesting courses described here: www.bit.ly/TNScourses (Check out the intro course on African American Art--AAS 291)


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 4
Posted 3/26/2014 (UPDATED  4/10/2014)

Folks:

UPDATE: link for the Take-home Term Paper Project Test is part of item 3 in the syllabus packet (link in the left margin). Test is due Wednesday next week in class (4/16)

As I explained in class, please note: the Termpaper Instructions test comprises two parts:
  • (Part 1) An in-class multiple-choice test that will cover these materials from the syllabus packet (link is on the left): 7(f); 7(g); 11; 12; 15(a); 17(a); 18; and 21(a). Part 1 will take place on Monday, March 31.

  • (Part 2) A take-home multiple choice test (you must get a B+ or above on the take-home test, otherwise your score becomes a zero) that will cover a couple of documents plus materials accessible through the internet. This test will be posted on this page shortly and you will have a week in which to complete it.

ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 3
Posted 3/12/2014

Guys:

Because classes have been cancelled for today due to the weather; I am assiging you two films to see instead: For Queen and Country, and La Haine. When you see these two films do so from the perspective of (a) education, and (b) making a comparison with the U.S. These films will be on the final exam.
 


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 2
Posted 2/23/2014

People:

1. A reminder: As stated below under announcement no. 1, Test 1 will cover everything we have done so far. This includes:

(a) all assigned readings:  pp. 1-81 of the required text, and readings ER-17, ER-21, ER-21(a), and ER-21(b) from Part A of Online Course Materials.

(b) All assigned AV materials available in the library: Films: Great Debaters, Something the Lord Made, and Class. (Note: The first two items may also be available via Part D of Online Course Materials page under Education)

(c) All assigned AV materials available via Online Course Materials page: Amy Chua's new book on culture and success (link is on Part E of Online Course Materials page); Items D4(a), D4(b), D4(c), plus M5, M5(a), and M5(b) of Part D of Online Course Materials page.

(d) This podcast on Community Colleges:  http://onpoint.wbur.org/2014/02/05/community-colleges-economy


2. For those unfamiliar with my tests: here is a sample of the kinds of multiple-choice questions I ask: sample.

3. Make sure you bring a no. 2 pencil with you to the test.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 1
Posted 1/27/2014 (Updated 2/7/14)

Guys/Folks/People:

Welcome to the class home page for AAS 294 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, the first test date, and other such goodies.

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



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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