SPRING 2018
AAS 100
IMPORTANT LINKS

A-Z Index of all UB websites

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

2. Syllabus

2(a) Appendices One and Two

2(b) Learning Outcomes

3. Missed Test/Attendance Form

4. Etiquette (U.B. Policy)

5. Complaints

6. Policy on Academic Freedom

7. AAS 100 Course Assignment Materials (Online Materials)

7(a) Jazz: Origins and Influences
   
8. Documentaries and films streaming available via UB libraries here:
(a) http://buffalo.kanopystreaming.com.gate.lib.buffalo.edu/
and
(b) http://digitalcampus.swankmp.net.gate.lib.buffalo.edu/buffalo304245/#/browse

9. Course Related News Links

10 Test/Quiz Scores + Attendance Record

10(a) Grades Schedule

10(b) Participation Criteria

11. Test Instructions

12. UB Policy on Sexual Misconduct 

13. Class Notes

14. Term paper instructions

15 sankeymatic (plotting your finances visually)

15(a) WolframAlpha Computational Engine

16. Educational Success Materials  packet

 

















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

NOTE: Important links are on the left.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 8
Posted 5/9/2018

People, please note:

Assignments and other relevant information about the final exam is available here.




ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 7
Posted 5/5/2018

Guys, please note:

1. As explained in class last week, we will have a test on the last day of class (May 8). Yes, we will also have a final exam. Check your exam schedule in HUB.
2. Test on May 8 will be a written test, and it will take up part of the class time, not the whole class time.
3. You are allowed to bring handwritten notes to the test, but nothing else.
4. The test will cover some or all of the following materials (INCLUDING any images, textboxes and end notes/footnotes that may be part of these readings):
  • (a) Week 11 reading: "The Conservatism of Clarence Thomas" (see link no. 7 in the left column)
  • (b) These readings: D(a); K; M; Q; and R from link no 16 in the left column. 
  • (c) Items 7(b); 7(d); 9(b); 9(d); 10(a); 11(a); 11(b); and 11(o) from link no 7(a) in the left column. 



Folks: Please note:

1. As explained in class last week, we will have a test on April 24th.
2. It will take up part of the class time, not the whole class time.
3. You are allowed to bring handwritten notes to the test, but nothing else.
4. NOTE: If you do well on this test I will make the final exam less demanding (so its up to you).
5. As explained in class, the test will cover some or all of the following materials (INCLUDING any images, textboxes and end notes/footnotes that may be part of these readings):
  • (a) Class notes from March 27th through April 17 (link is in the left column)
  • (b) Reading no. 41(g) from this page--if you are unable to study the entire reading, then concentrate on pages: 1, and 4 through 8.
  • (c) This reading.
  • (d) Items F, M, and R available via link no. 16 in the left column.
  • (e) Study and analytically connect items H and K, available via link no. 16 in the left column.
  • (g) Definition of Agency from the Course Glossary (which is Part B of Online Course Materials)
  • (h) Week 9 reading: MLK's visit to India (see link no. 7 in the left column)
  • (i) Week 9 reading: MLK's class struggle
  • (j) Week 10 reading: Part A of Charles Hamilton Houston.
  • (k) Week 10 reading: Part B of Thurgood Marshall.
  • (l) Week 10 reading: Malcolm X
  • (m) Items  3; 5(c); 6(b); 6(e); 7(b); 7(d); 8(c); 9(a); 9(b); 10(a) and 10(b) from link no 7(a) in the left column. <-- Bonus questions will come from this material.
NOTE: Compared to other classes you are in, most of you have done very little work for this class, so, please don't complain.

6. Important notice: My regular office hours will end after the last day of class. All make-ups for legitimate missed attendance, tests, etc. must be completed by then. What is a legitimate missed attendance? As explained in class at the beginning of the semester, I follow university policy on this matter as specified in the Undergraduate Catalog which states:
"Students may be justifiably absent from classes due to religious observances, illness documented by a physician or other appropriate health care professional, conflicts with university-sanctioned activities documented by an appropriate university administrator, public emergencies, and documented personal or family emergencies. The student is responsible for notifying the instructor in writing with as much advance notice as possible. Instructors may determine a reasonable amount of coursework that should be completed in order to make up the studentís absence. Students are responsible for the prompt completion of any alternative assignments." (Emphasis added)




ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 6
Posted 4/5/2018

People: Please note:

1. As explained in class we will have an extra-credit test in our next class on Tuesday, April 10
2. It will only take up part of the class time, not the whole class time.
3. You are allowed to bring handwritten notes to the test, but nothing else.
4. Because this is an extra-credit test, questions may appear harder than usual if you are not really prepared for it.
5. The test will cover some or all of the following materials (INCLUDING any images and textboxes that may be part of these readings):
  • (a) Reading no. 41(g) from this page.
  • (b) This reading.
  • (c) Items I, J, K, M, Q, and R available via link no. 16 in the left column.
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ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 5
Posted 3/18/2018

Guys: Please note:

1. As explained in class last week, we will have a test on March 27th.
2. It will take up part of the class time, not the whole class time.
3. You are allowed to bring handwritten notes to the test, but nothing else.
4. Compared to the last test, you will find it difficult if you are not really prepared for it.
5. As explained in class, the test will cover some or all of the following materials (INCLUDING any images and textboxes that may be part of these readings):
NOTE: A couple of other items mentioned in the last class will not be on this test.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 4
Posted 2/27/2018

Guys: 

1. As per your request in class today, the in-class essay has been postponed to next week's class (March 6) on the understanding that you will produce a better quality paper.
2. Some reminders of points I made in this class and/or last class:

  • (a) Please make sure that you incorporate into your essay the points I advanced in class today about civic engagement, civil society, and democracy and how these things relate to Gen Ed classes (like the one you are taking now). Note that at the end of the instructions for the paper, there are a number of slide images that explain to you what these things mean. Study them carefully because they are very relevant to your essay. Additionally, go through the LEARNING OUTCOMES (link on the left).
  • (b) African American Studies today incorporates such other fields as African Studies, Afro-Caribbean Studies, Afro-European Studies, and so on. You must also discuss this fact by explaining what these fields cover.
  • (c) When you describe the sample of courses being offered today at Yale, Harvard, etc. do NOT mention traditional kinds of courses (such as ones on slavery or history or literature or music). Instead, you must describe courses that can show how wide a field African American Studies is today in terms of the large variety of courses that are taught.
  • (d) Make sure your outline is detailed enough to serve as a good summary of what you are going to write.
3. This is not a difficult assignment. You have been given all the resources you will need; including a list of the criteria that will be used to grade your paper. Therefore, the essay will be graded accordingly--meaning, you will get no breaks. <--Read this sentence again.
4. Attendance in this class is absolutely mandatory! If you miss a class for legitimate reasons, you must first submit a completed Missed Test/Attendance Form (link is on the left) and second, you must make up the missed work during office hours. Otherwise, points will be deducted from your final grade, which of course will bring it down. How will you know what was covered during the class you missed? Go through the class notes for that day (link is on the left). Do NOT send me e-mails about your absences.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 3
Posted 2/20/2018

Folks: 

1. As explained in class, we will have an in-class paper on February 27.
2. It will take up part of the class time.
3. You will write the paper by hand; no typing.
4. Full instructions, including the topic, and reference sources are available via the link on the left (item no. 14).


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 2
Posted 2/6/2018

Guys: Please note:

1. We will have a test on February 13th.
2. It will take up part of the class time, not the whole class time.
3. You are allowed to bring handwritten notes to the test, but nothing else.
4. The test will cover some or all of the following materials:  
(a) All class proceedings through February 7th.
(b) Items 1, 6, and 7 available here.
(c) Items I, J, K, and the first page only of item P available here.

A note about e-mails:

1. 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.
2. I only access my work-related e-mails several times a week. Therefore, if I see you (in class or elsewhere) before I have had a chance to respond you most likely will never get a response. Why? I will assume that your e-mail was not important, otherwise you would have talked to me about whatever was in your e-mail. Makes sense? Yes?
3. Do not send me e-mails about being absent from class. If you have a valid reason for being absent then you must complete the Missed/Test Attendance Form, which you can access via the link on the left.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 1
Posted 1/29/2018

Guys/Folks/People:

This is the class home page for AAS 100 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 GO THROUGH THE SYLLABUS VIA THE LINK ON THE LEFT. 

A note about e-mails:

1. 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.
2. I only access my work-related e-mails several times a week. Therefore, if I see you (in class or elsewhere) before I have had a chance to respond you most likely will never get a response. Why? I will assume that your e-mail was not important, otherwise you would have talked to me about whatever was in your e-mail. Makes sense? Yes?
3. Do not send me e-mails about being absent from class. If you have a valid reason for being absent then you must complete the Missed/Test Attendance Form, which you can access via the link on the left.

























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