SPRING 2018
AAS 355
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(a) Learning Outcomes

3. Missed Test/Attendance Form

4. Etiquette (U.B. Policy)

5. Complaints

6. Policy on Academic Freedom

7. Online Course Materials 
   
7(a)
Online Course Assignments

7(b)

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.

10 Test/Quiz Scores + Attendance Record

10(a) Grades Schedule

10(b) Participation Criteria

11. Multiple-choice Test Sample

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 Readings 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. 6
Posted 5/5/2018 UPDATED: 5/8/2018 (see below)

Folks: Please note:

1. In addition to other materials I will indicate shortly, you must see these two AV items for the final exam: Food, Inc. and the broadcast of this PBS Frontline program on May 8th. (First item is about class, that is corporations versus people, and the second item is about race and scapegoating.)
2. As announced in class last week, we will also have a test on the last day of class, May 9.
3. It is an extra-credit test and it will take up most of class time. (If I were you, I would take advantage of this test.)
4. You are allowed to bring handwritten notes to the test, but nothing else.
5. 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) Reading 1, available via link no. 7(a) in the left margin.
  • (b) Reading 1(a), available via link no. 7(a) in the left margin.
  • (c) These readings: C, D(a), F, K, Q, and R, available via link no. 16 in the left margin.

UPDATE: To see what the final exam will cover, c
lick here.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 5
Posted 4/20/2018

Guys: Please note:

1. As announced in class last week, we will have a test on April 25.
2. It will take up most of 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) Class notes from March 28th through April 23 (link is in the left column)
  • (b) Film: Spellbound (analyze primarily in terms of race and class)
  • (c) Film: Places in the Heart (starring Sally Field, Danny Glover, etc.; analyze in terms of disability, gender, class, and race)
  • (d) Definition of race/racism from the Course Glossary (which you were assigned weeks ago and which is Part B of Online Course Materials) NOTE: Study all images and end notes/footnotes that may be present in the definition by clicking on them.
  • (e) This reading
  • (f) Reading no. 16(d) from this page.
  • (g) Slide images CL 1; CL 4; CL 12; CL 15; CL 18; CL 19 and CL 20 from Thought-Provoking downloadable slide images (link is in Part H of Online Course Materials)
  • (h) These terms from the Course Glossary: class, meritocracy, scapegoat, and the social safety net. NOTE: Study all images and end notes/footnotes that may be present in the definitions by clicking on them.
  • (i) Items F, M, and R available via link no. 16 in the left column (bonus questions will come from these readings)
  • NOTE: CRN 14 postponed to the final exam (Question for ya: When is the final exam?)

    Note:
    Compared to other classes you are in, I have not made many demands on you in this course; so please don't complain.
5. 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.
4
Posted 3/14/2018 (updated 3/18/2018)

People, please note:
Instead of coming to class today, I want you to see the film I assigned you in our last class titled "The Great Debaters." You will be tested on this film. Other materials that will also be on the test will be indicated with an update to this announcement in a day or two. The test day is March 28th. The film is available on reserve in Capen library at the reserve desk (call no. DVD 1941: PN1995.9 .M45 G7438 2008). It can also probably be streamed here, and it may also be available somewhere on the internet.

Update
1. You are allowed to bring handwritten notes to the test, but nothing else.
2. Compared to the last test, you will find it difficult if you are not really prepared for it.
3. The test will cover some or all of the following materials (INCLUDING any images and textboxes that may be part of these readings):

  • (a) The Great Debaters film <--focus on how issues of race, class, and gender play out in this film and pay special attention to debate topics.
  • (b) All slide images in the section titled "Oppression/Self-Oppression" available by using this click path: Online Course Materials --> Part H --> Slide Images --> Thought-Provoking...
  • (c) All sections (but excluding 3, 4, 5, and 6-B) of this reading.
  • (d) All images in the preceding item (even in the excluded sections).



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 3
Posted 2/27/2018

Folks, please note:

  1. If you can view the assigned film by Monday's class next week, I can answer any questions you may have about analyzing it for the term paper.
  2. In case some of you are still a little confused about the in-class term paper, I have written out the instructions that I went over with you over the past several classes. (Link is on the left, item no. 14)
  3. Make sure your outline is detailed enough to serve as a good summary of what you are going to write.
  4. Compared to the traditional 10-12 page research paper, 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.
  5. If you are unable to write the paper on Wednesday next because of illness (or a similar legitimate reason), please come and see me during my office hours so we can make alternative arrangements. (You must also submit a completed Missed Test/Attendance Form--link on the left).
  6. Continue studying the assigned reading that you began with the first three sections of it. (You must finish studying it in its entirety by the end of the next several classes.)
  7. Class notes are updated as they are received from our class note-taker. Please be sure to thank her for volunteering to do this in order to help the rest of you.
  8. As has been mentioned many times in class, attendance in this class is absolutely mandatory! I cannot over emphasize this point. 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. 2
Posted 2/13/2018

Guys: Please note:

1. As announced in our last class, we will have a test on February 19th, Monday.
2. It will take up most of 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 14th.
  • (b) These items from Section 1 of PART G of online course materials (link on the left): GE 25; MA 1; MA 11; MA 12; and MA 13.
  • (c) These concepts from PART B of online course materials (link on the left): Verisimilitude; Patriarchy; Stereotypes; Socialization; and Voyeurism.
  • (d) 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?



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 1
Posted 1/29/2018

Guys/Folks/People:

This is the class home page for AAS 355 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?



















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