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THIS IS THE CLASS HOME PAGE FOR  AAS 355/ AMS 387/ GGS354 / SPRING 2014  CLASS


OFFICE HOURS


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

[[]]
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. 6
Posted 5/7/2014 (UPDATED 5/8/2014)

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

UPDATE: Folks, as per our agreement in class, the final exam will be on Friday, 5/16/14. Same room, same time, however.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 5
Posted 4/21/2014 (UPDATED 4/29/2014)

Guys:
Please note this a three-part announcment:

UPDATE: Test 4 part 2 is available here. Print it, complete it, and bring it to class tomorrow (Wednesday 4/30).

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) 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 4/15/2014

Guys:

Because some of you were not prepared for test 3 that was scheduled in the syllabus for yesterday, I arrived at this compromise with you: We will have the AV materials part of the test tomorrow, and the readings part of the test is a take-home which you should bring to class fully answered on Monday (4/21). Do not skip class! This test is here.

Fall 2014 courses: Those of you who are looking for classes to take next semester may want to consider these really interesting courses, offered by our department, described here: bit.ly/TNScourses.

A note about e-mails
:
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. It is a sad, sad commentary on this society that one even has to raise this matter--especially in a university! See the syllabus on e-mails policy in this class.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 3
Posted 3/31/2014  (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 had explained in class very early in the semester, in place of a full 12-page term paper, there will be, instead, a Termpaper Instructions test comprising 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 the date scheduled in the syllabus.

  • (Part 2) A take-homemultiple choice test that will cover a couple of documents on how to write term papers I will be posting shortly, plus research 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 AFTER it is posted. Note: because this part is a take-home you must get a B+ or above on this part, otherwise your score, for this part only though, becomes a zero.
A note about e-mails:

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. See the syllabus on e-mails policy in this class.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 2
Posted 3/12/2014

Guys:

Because of class cancellations, today's test is now postponed to Monday 3/24/2014.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 1
Posted 1/27/2014 (Updated  2/17/14)

Guys/Folks/People:

Welcome to the class home page for AAS355/GGS354 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, and other such goodies.

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A note about e-mails
: 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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  • Syllabus (see syllabus packet, link is in the left column above)
  • Online Course Materials (see link on Main Page) 
  • Etiquette
  • Forni
  • Missed class/test form (see syllabus packet, link is in the left column above)
  • Readings RHA5 and RHA6
  • About Complaints; and on Academic Freedom
  • Readings RS-8 and RS-9 in Part A of Online Course Materials (for weeks beginning Feb 17 and Feb 24)
  • Reading RBC-7(a) in Part A of Online Course Materials (for week beginning March 3)
  • Readings RBC-2 and RBC-3 in Part A of Online Course Materials (for week beginning March 10)

Miscellaneous Info (may or may not be relevant)



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