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[[]] Course Assignment Materials

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[[]] Office Hours

[[]] Test/Exam Schedule

[[]] Missed Class/Test Form

[[]] Instructions for the Essay

[[]] Rules for quizzes /tests/ exams

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[[]] Computer Hygiene

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[[]] CAS Undergraduate Advising Services

[[]] A-Z index of all UB websites

[[]] Study Guides and Strategies (effective study habits, taking notes, overcoming test anxiety, writing research papers, test-taking tips, etc.)

[[]] Slide Images 

[[]] Khan Academy (free video tutorials on math, science, economics, finance, etc.)

[[]] Race/racism in the News

[[]] Educational Success Packet

[[]] 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. 17
Posted 5/29/2020 (UPDATED: 6/10/2020) 

Folks, please go through this entire announcement super carefully:

1. Incomplete make-ups are now available, via Blackboard. They will be available only until 11:30 pm, June 20th. (Yes, the deadline has been extended.) NOTE: After this deadline, there will be NO other opportunity to improve your existing default grade. <-- Read this sentence again.

2. Scores for the make-ups will not be available until AFTER the June 20th deadline. <--Read this sentence again. All scores will be available via the link in the left margin of this page. (Ignore any scores you may see on Blackboard). Your final grade, however, will be available via your MYUB page on the HUB portal a week or two after June 20.

3. You are allowed to sit for any and all make-up(s) to replace any and all existing score(s), provided you understand that the new score(s) will replace your existing score(s)--regardless of what the new score(s) is/are. (If I were you I would take advantage of this favor.)

4. As far as the school is concerned, this course is over. (Meaning, I am not being paid extra for these incompletes. That is why, incompletes are a big favor to the students.) So, please show your gratitude by taking advantage of this incomplete and dramatically improving your grade--it will look good on your transcript, trust me.

5. Make-ups cover materials that were assigned during the semester; however, they have been rearranged across the different make-ups (to prevent cheating). In this course, as indicated before, make-ups cannot be repeats of existing tests. (This is the reason why, make-ups take up a lot of my time.)

6. To locate assigned material for each make-up, if you do not already know by this point, find the relevant links (e.g. the Film List page) in the left margin of this page. Scroll through all the links, if necessary.

7. The only way to do well on these make-ups is to do what the others who got A's did. Specifically, view/read the assigned material with absolutely no distractions, at least twice, and to take notes. (Remember, I am able to see who has been doing their homework through statistics kept by the system.) Even if your grade does not matter to you please motivate yourself to do the work, because it is relevant to your lives--either directly and/or indirectly. Those of you who are aware of the politics of this pandemic (everything that concerns a society as a whole, sadly, will always be political) and the never-ending unjustified killings of minorities should be able to  acknowledge this fact. By the way, in Announcement 15, item 4, I had given the figure of 70,000, now we have gone past a 100,000--most tragically.

8. A reminder: never send me e-mails that are not written in a professional format, with a proper opening and closure, because you may never get a response. Please also note that I access e-mails only through a desktop computer--which requires logging in, etc. Note also: I generally do not respond to e-mails about matters I have already gone over in announcements on this page. (It is your responsibility to keep up with the announcements--which, by the way, take a long time to compose so as to cover all bases.)

9. Make-ups have been arranged as follows:
  • Incomplete Make-Up Test 1 replaces your existing Test 1 score. It covers class versions of (a) Into the West; and (b) Comprehending Race II--Section One.
  • Incomplete Make-Up Test 2 replaces your existing Test 2 score. It covers class versions of (a) Rabbit Proof Fence; and (b) Comprehending Race II--Section Two.
  • Incomplete Make-Up Test 3 replaces your existing Test 3 score. It covers class versions of (a) Green Book; and (b) The 13th.
  • Incomplete Make-Up Test 4 replaces your existing Test 4 score. It covers class versions of (a) Belle; and (b) Confirmation.
  • Incomplete Make-Up Test 5 replaces your existing Test 5 score. It covers class versions of (a) Film Score Part One-Section B; (b) Reading 17 from Film Readings; and (c) ALL Slide Images mentioned in items 3(i) and 3(ii) of Announcement 15, below.
  • Incomplete Make-Up Test 6 replaces your existing Test 6 score. It covers class versions of (a) Big Sick; and (b) Readings F, I, K, Q, and R from Educational Success Packet.
  • Incomplete Make-Up Final Exam--Part One replaces your existing Final Exam--Part One score. It covers class versions of (a) Mr. Church; (b) Hundred-Foot Journey; and (c) Great-Divide.
  • Incomplete Make-Up Final Exam--Part Two replaces your existing Final Exam--Part Two score. It covers class versions of (a) Earth Day; (b) Mooz-Lum; and (c) Reading 85 from AAS-Related Readings.
10. Repeat: To locate assigned material for each make-up, if you do not already know by this point, find the relevant links (e.g. the Film List page) in the left margin of this page. Scroll through all the links, if necessary.

11. I wish you the best. (I have more than done my part; it's time to do your part.)

12. [UPDATE:  This is a reminder that the short-window incomplete will end in ten days. That is, on June 20th (originally, as will you recall, it was June 12th--see item 1 above), after 11:30 pm you will no longer have access to the incomplete make-up tests and your grades will default to your existing grade if you do not complete these tests successfully.  When this happens you will NOT be able to make-up the incomplete; and the school will not allow a change to your default grade. Therefore, I strongly urge you to use this opportunity to improve your grade by doing any test you wish or all tests. If you are one of those who received an IF or IU grade it is super-important that you do the incomplete make-up tests (with diligence). An F or a U just does not look good on a transcript. Let me also remind you that this matter is not only about grades; it is is also about getting you to do the work so that you can see what you are learning in this course about race is so relevant to what is going on out there in terms of the the racial injustice--and the protests against it.]


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 16
Posted 5/18/2020 [UPDATED: 5/23/2020]

Folks, please go through this entire announcement super carefully:

1. Since I have no way of ascertaining that a person genuinely had technical problems, or had some other serious difficulties that prevented them from doing a test or prevented them from doing well on a test, during this awful time we are going through, I am allowing anyone who wishes to do so, to take any or all of the make-up tests that are available right now on Blackboard. Tests must be completed by this Friday at 11:30 pm--unless you intend to request an incomplete; see below. However, please note: (a) Tests cover the same materials as mentioned in announcements below, but Blackboard will not give you the same questions. Warning: do not attempt the tests without doing the homework. (b) If you are doing any of the test(s) to replace your existing final exam score and/or test score then the new score will be used even if it is lower than your existing (old) score. <-- Read this sentence again.

2. The Multipurpose Test No. 1 covers Comprehending Race II -- Section One (available via the Films List page). It is to be used to replace any one of the missing or low scores for Tests 1 through 5. However, item 1(b) above applies.

3. The Multipurpose Test No. 2 covers Comprehending Race II -- Section Two
(available via the Films List page). It is to be used to replace any one of the missing or low scores for Tests 1 through 5. However, item 1(b) above applies.

4. The formula for calculating your final course grade is on the Test Scores page--see link in the left margin of this page.

5. Your final course GRADES will be available through your HUB portal (NOT through this page). [UPDATE: (a) Your course grades have now been posted on HUB. (b) Those who took the make-ups, etc. your scores have been posted under post-final make-ups on the test scores page (link in the left margin of this page). ]

6. I have to submit my grades this weekend. Please note that once the grades are submitted, the school will not allow me to make changes to your grades (unless they are incompletes). In other words, your grades will be written in stone.  Read the instructions on the test scores gateway page. Therefore, I really urge you to take advantage of the above options if you would like to improve your grade. NOTE: Do not send me e-mails about your grades. You will not get a response.

7. Please do not ask me for breaks that you would not ask your math teacher, or your biochem teacher or your psych teacher, etc. I have already given you way too many breaks in this course (without any indication of gratitude from your end), and moreover, this is one of the easiest classes you have taken in this school.
 
8. If for any reason you need an incomplete, please click here.

9. Regarding requests for recommendations: first, please read the relevant document available via the link in the left margin of this page, before you send me the request.

10. As I have told you folks countless times, please do not send me e-mails that are not written in a professional format, which includes using this opener: "Dear Instructor," or "Dear Professor," and ending with this closure "Sincerely," Otherwise, I may not respond to your e-mails.

11. Yes, the films on the Films List page will be available to you at any time into the future, even after this semester is officially over, as long as you have the UB password, and as long as that page is up.

12. Those of you who are intending to take my other Gen Ed classes coming up in the Fall, please note that there has been a slight change to the course format. The courses will be taught only online (they used to be listed as hybrid courses).

13. If you can get a cold or a flu from a contagious person by just talking to that person, why doesn't the same logic apply to CV-19? The answer of course is that it does. Therefore please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

14. Those of you who follow the real news will know that from the perspective of lives lost, sickness, and financial losses due to unemployment, etc., in this pandemic the people who have suffered/and are suffering the most are the powerless (in terms of making societal decisions)--such as women, the working class, people of color, the elderly, and so on. The question is, Why? If you cannot come up with a credible answer then, sadly, you made no effort to learn anything from this course. 

15. If you did your homework, then you will also know that the current pandemic is not a one and done deal; we should be prepared for more to come in the years ahead, as long as humans continue to destroy the forests.

16. To those of you who did the homework in the manner you were supposed to do (and therefore did well in this course), I want to thank you for pulling me through this semester. I wish you all the best.

17. The Final Exam scores, plus any Test 2 make-up scores, will be available around 10:00 pm tonight via the link in the left margin of this page.

18. Yes, it is true. Teachers do not get paid during the summer (unless they are teaching a summer course, in which case they are paid only for that particular course).


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 15
Posted 5/5/2020 [UPDATED 5/11/2020]

Folks, please read and digest:

1. About the final exam coming up next week--see test/exam schedule (link in the left margin of this page): 

--(a) The final exam is usually supposed to be cumulative; however, I will make things easier for you by (i) not making it cumulative but instead assigning you homework specifically for the final exam, and (ii) dividing the exam into two parts. Both parts will be available at the same time, but you will get five days (instead of two days) in which to complete them. Do NOT wait until the last minute to study the homework, otherwise you will be overwhelmed.
--(b) Time it will be available: It will be posted on Blackboard, under "Assignments," by the end of the day (meaning before midnight) on the scheduled date. As usual, the exam will be very difficult IF you haven't done the homework properly. REMINDER: Blackboard gives me statistics on which specific film/video was accessed, by whom on what date, at what time, how many times, who downloaded it, and so on.
--(c) Format and methodology: It will be the same as for Test 3 (see item 2, Announcement 7, below).
--(d) What it will cover: everything mentioned in this Announcement. 

2. Make sure you visit this page on the exam date before you start the exam, in case there is an update to this announcement. [UPDATE: Both parts of the final exam will be available this evening at 11:30 pm. Each part has 28 questions, and you have 60 minutes assigned for each part. Both parts must be done by May 16, 11:30 pm. Warning: using statistical data on what homework you have done, if at all, questions presented to you by Blackboard will adhere more strictly than before to the lazy student rule. Do you know what the lazy student rule is? See item 2 of Announcement No. 2, below. At the same time, please do not start looking for answers in your homework while doing the test (because you didn't do the homework) and thereby running out of time--prompting you to falsely claim that your internet went down, or your computer exploded, or your screen melted.]

3(i). Homework for the final exam PART ONE: (a) Hundred-Foot Journey-class version, available via the "Films List" page. (b) Earth Day--class version. (c) study thoroughly the following slide images available from the Slide Images page (link in the left margin), or via PART K of Online Course Materials:
(i) Items CL-2 and CL-17 from Class/Classism/Classwarfare
(ii) Items D1, D2, D3, D4, D6, and D15 from Democracy
(iii) Items GP-1, GP-4, and GP-10 from Gender/Patriarchy
(iv) Items IP-3, IP-11, and IP-12 from Identity Politics
3(ii). Homework for the final exam PART TWO: (d) Confirmation--class version. (e) Mr. Church--class version, (f) Great Divide... Class Version. (g) Explore this site here. (h) Study thoroughly the following slide images available from the Slide Images page (link in the left margin), or via PART K of Online Course Materials:
(i) Items OS-1 and OS-2 from Oppression
(ii)  Items RA-1, RA-4, RA-9, RA-10, RA-13, and RA-19 from Race/Racism--1
(iii) Items RB-1, RB-2, RB-4, and RB-5 from Race/Racism--2

4. Something I want you to ponder as you prepare for the final exam: A black man, who was once president of United States, tried his best to get this country, the richest country on the planet, to accept that everyone deserves access to free universal healthcare (authentic democracy)--just in the same way that members of the U.S. Congress have access to free healthcare... paid for by taxpayers! An Asian man, running for the presidency of United States, tried his best to convince this country that no one should suffer from extreme poverty in the richest country on the planet, so he came up with a plan for a guaranteed minimum income (authentic democracy). What was the response of the majority of those, the masses (black, brown, red, and white), who stood to benefit the most from these these efforts? Behavior ranging from apathetic ignorance to racist vitriol. Then CV-19 came by--over 70 thousand dead and still counting. And believe it or not, the masses still don't see the point of universal health care or a guaranteed minimum income. What hope is there for dealing with even more difficult issues such as climate change? You, by the way, are part of the masses. (I can't even get some of you to do your homework that deal with these issues.)

5. Make-up for Test 2 has been available for a few days; see item 2 in the next announcement below. 

6. Your scores for Tests 1 through 5 have been available for a few days; see item 5 in the next announcement below.

7. Blackboard tells me that some of you are not even doing your homework; but you are looking for a break. Really?


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 14
Posted 4/26/2020 [UPDATED 5/1/2020]

People, please read and digest:

1. About test 6 coming up toward the end of next week--see test/exam schedule (link in the left margin of this page): 
--(a) Test 6 is worth 20% of your final course grade. <-- Do not screw up on this test!
--(b) Time it will be available: It will be posted on Blackboard, under "Assignments," by the end of the day (meaning before midnight) on the scheduled date. Test will be very difficult if you haven't done the homework properly. NOTE: Blackboard gives me statistics on which specific film/video was accessed, by whom on what date, at what time, how many times, who downloaded it, and so on. [UPDATE: Test will be available at 11:30 pm today. There are 26 questions in the test--it must be done within four days. The Green Book link has been fixed. If you attempt the test without doing your homework with diligence it will blow you out of the water.]
--(c) Format and methodology: It will be the same as for Test 3 (see item 2, Announcement 7, below).
--(d) What it will cover: everything you were assigned to be completed by 4/27 and 5/1  mentioned in this Announcement, and the next one, below. 

2. Make-up for Test 2 is now available; it must be completed by May 15.

3. Make sure you visit this page on the test date for Test 6 before you start the test, in case there is an update to this announcement.

4. Homework, to be completed by 5/1/2020: (a) Green Book-class version, available via the Films List page. (b) Readings F, I, J, and K available from the Educational Success Packet (see link in the left margin of this page). See the syllabus if you don't know why you have been assigned these readings. (c) Watch this short video here and think about the race/class connections. (By the way, do the people who work in supermarkets, in food processing plants, and in the fields picking produce count as "front line" workers during this pandemic?) (d) To mark Earth Day 2020 (April 22), think of the connections between race, class, and the environment. Question: How long do you think humans have before they will all die out? (Most major world religions believe the world will come to an end at some point.)

5. Your test scores are now available through the link in the left margin of this page. Some of you never did your homework; your scores prove it. Make sure you also read the notes at the top of the scores. (The formula for calculating your course grade is on the test scores pages.)


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 13
Posted 4/18/2020
(UPDATED 4/20/2020)

People, please read and digest:

1. About test 5 coming up beginning of next week--see test/exam schedule (link in the left margin of this page): 
--(a) Time available: It will be posted on Blackboard, under "Assignments," by the end of the day (meaning before midnight) on the scheduled date. Test will have 16 questions; test will be very difficult if you haven't done the homework properly. [UPDATE: Test will be available today at 11:30 pm.
NOTE: Blackboard indicates that very few of you appear to have done all the homework. Yes, I have access to statistics on which specific film/video was accessed, by whom on what date, at what time, how many times, who downloaded it, etc.]
--(b) Format and methodology: It will be the same as for Test 3 (see item 2, Announcement 7, below).
--(c) What it will cover: everything you were assigned to be completed by 4/15 and 4/20 mentioned in Announcements 11 and 12, below.  On the previous tests, some of you never did the homework (going by individual access statistics provided by Blackboard). Why would you do that knowing that you are going to fail the test?
--(d) See item 2, as a reminder, in the next Announcement below.

2. Make sure you visit this page on the test date before you start the test, in case there is an update to this announcement.

3. Text of the e-mail that was sent to everyone the other day is available here.

4. Homework, starting next week, to be completed by 4/27/2010: (a) Big Sick-class version, available via the Films List page. (b) Readings Q, and R available from the Educational Success Packet (see link in the left margin of this page).


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 12
Posted 4/13/2020 

Guys, please read and digest:

1. Homework for this week. See next announcement below. Homework for next week to be completed by 4/20/2020: (a) Item no. 1(b) in Announcement No. 4, below. (b) Download, view, and study: Mooz-Lum--class version from the Films List page. (c) Study Section 1 and Section 7 of Reading no. 85 available from the AAS-Related Readings page (link in the left margin). Note: this reading is long, but, to repeat, you only have to study sections 1 and 7, you can skip the other sections.

2. Going by statistics, many of you did not do ALL the homework for Test 4. Not good, not good. (See item 2 in the next announcement, below.) Reminder:  Going by the course syllabus, Test 5, Test 6, and the Final Exam, all together, are worth 50% of your final course grade. In other words, you still have a chance to radically improve your grade--provided you do your homework, and you do it with diligence. (About Test 6, see item 9 in Announcement No. 10, below.) By the way: Do you know what the "Lazy Student Rule" is? (See the rules for tests--link in the left margin of this page.)



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 11
Posted 4/6/2020
(Updated 4/10/2020)

Folks, please read and digest:

1. About Test 4 coming up at the end of this week--see test/exam schedule (link in the left margin of this page).
(a) Time available: It will be posted on Blackboard, under "Assignments," by the end of the day (meaning before midnight) on the scheduled date.  [Update: Test will be available at 11:30 pm today, you have until 4/12 at 11:30 pm within which to do it; you must do it at one sitting. Test has 16 questions; test will be very difficult if you haven't done the homework properly.]
(b) Format and methodology: It will be the same as for Test 3 (see item 2, Announcement 7, below).
(c) What it will cover: everything mentioned in Announcements 8, 9, and 10, below. 

2. Homework statistics: Reminder: I have access to statistics (of who is accessing the homework)--for some assignments, individually by name; for other assignments as an aggregate. If your performance on previous tests was not as you would desire, here is a repeat of some suggestions I presented to you in class: first, see the films and do the assigned readings (if any). Second, do them twice. Third, do the homework while fully alert and without any distractions whatsoever.
Most of the test questions, if you have noticed, are simply designed to find out if you did the homework. (With a few exceptions, they are not critical thinking questions.) This is not rocket science. What is rocket science is the passion and the creativity of the filmmakers behind the films I have been assigning you. That is rocket science.

3. Unbelievably, some of you have not accessed Blackboard at all! Which means you have not done the test. (Blackboard is the corporation that owns and manages the software that is also called Blackboard, but which this school, for some reason, calls UBLearns.)
 
4. Homework for this week. See item 5, in Announcement No. 10.

5. Homework for next week, to be completed by 4/15: Download and view, via the "Film List" page: (a) Great Divide and Democracy--class version. (Make sure you pay close attention to the notes in this film. Subtext of this film: institutional racism, class, and the presidency of Barack Obama.) (b) Film Score: The Music of Quincy Jones. (c) Question: Is there any connection between race and the ongoing CV-19 pandemic--and if so, what exactly is the connection: biological? economic (class)? political? Please listen carefully to this radio news story available here.
(d) Question: What is the connection between "Obamacare," the social safety net, and the pandemic? Hint: think about the film: Great Divide and Democracy. (Social safety net=see Course Glossary=see Online Course Assignment Materials.)

6.
Reminder you are supposed to keep up with homework by downloading, saving, and studying all assigned materials (via announcements on this page) on a regular basis. If you wait until the last minute you will, most assuredly, be overwhelmed!

7. About the term paper: See item 9, in Announcement 10.

8. About correct options on multiple choice tests: (a) Unless EVERYONE got the same question wrong because the "correct" option was in fact erroneous, no change to which option is correct for a question is possible. Period. In other words, just because YOU got the question wrong, does not mean everyone else got it wrong. Hello! (b) Instead of bonus questions, I may consider allowing you to get one or two questions wrong (depending upon the test), which should also take care of this scenario, IF it should arise (highly unlikely).

9. Reminder: I do not respond to e-mails about matters that are covered via announcements on this page or via links to information on this page (if I was dealing with small classes it could be a different issue). See item 5, in Announcement No. 3, below.

10. The reason why the test-taking methodology is the way it is, is related to something called "academic integrity" (in simple words, not cheating). See item 2, Announcement no. 7 below. Yes. I agree with you. You do not cheat and you have never cheated. But what about others? Why do you think Blackboard has these procedures for faculty to use?


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 10
Posted 3/30/2020 

People, please read and digest:

1. Just in case some of you are wondering, I am not responsible for CV-19; so please work with me to help you successfully complete this super easy course (compared to your other classes). In other words, make sure you read/digest all instructions carefully--repeat, carefully. (Reminder about CV-19: it could be worse; think of the millions upon millions of people forced to live in refugee campus across the world through no fault of their own--many of them don't have access to soap, running water, medical facilities, etc.)

2. The one or two people who still claim they can't access the Google sites page via elegantbrain that has the films list page (because they did not do what they were asked to do on the computer hygiene page--link on the left), please carefully go through item 4(b) in Announcement no. 8, below.
 
3. Concerning Test 3 that was just administered over the past couple of days: (a) For reasons of fairness to everyone, AND to prevent cheating, once the test deadline has passed that test is over. The same test questions cannot be given again. (Reminder, there are about 150 students cross my classes this semester--I am sure you will agree with me that they are all entitled to fairness. After all, that is what this course is about--fairness in society. Yes?) (b) To those few who claim you had a technical problem in taking Test 3, note: PROVIDED you meet the following condition, a new make-up test will be created: prove that Test 3 was just a one-off problem.
(c) How will you be able to prove that? By making sure that you have no technical test-taking issues for all the remaining tests. Therefore, the make-up for tests in this type of situations will NOT be available until AFTER the final exam. By the way, I also strongly suggest that you take a picture of your computer screen at the time you had the problem. NOTE: Make-up tests will not necessarily have the same questions.

4. Homework for this week: See items 4(a) and 4(b) in Announcement No. 8, below.

5. Homework for next week (to be completed by 4/8/2020): (a) Read and digest reading No. 17 available from the "Films Readings" page (link in the left margin of this page). (b) Download, view, and study (repeat, view AND study) these two films on overcoming interpersonal racism against the background of institutional racism: Belle--class version; and Hidden Figures. As always, make sure you pay attention to the context of the story as well, and, as always, view the films all the way through the end credits too.
Reminder: I have access to statistics of how many of you are viewing assigned films. (c) See item 1(d) in Announcement No. 6, below. (d) Study the slide image in the top left-hand corner of this page.
 
6. All scores for all tests/exam will eventually be posted via the link in the left margin of this page.

7. To those who had permission to make up Test No. 2, it will be available on Wednesday (4/1/2020) around midday on Blackboard (under Assignments) and the same rules will apply as those for Test 3 you have just taken, but with two differences: (a) it will be a short answer test and NOT multiple choice, and (b) you will have more time. Do you know what Test 2 was based on? See item 1 in Announcement No. 5, below.


8. About sending me e-mails, see Announcement No. 3, item no. 5 below.

9. As indicated in an e-mail you were sent through HUB recently,
the in-class essay writing project is being replaced with Test 6 (see the test/exam schedule via the link in the left margin).


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 9
Posted 3/25/2020 
  (Updated 3/27/2020)

Folks, please read and digest:

1. About Test 3:

(a) It is super important that you do the assigned homework that the test will cover; otherwise you will be in the same boat as with the last test. Reminder: At the beginning of the semester, you were told that in lieu of textbooks you must purchase a USB drive so that you can download to it all assigned films as soon as they are available via the Films List page. I hope you did that. If you did not do that and you attempt to view the films through direct streaming it may not work because of server overload  (I have about 150 students this semester across my classes.)

(b) What the test will cover: See item no. 1 in the next Announcement below.

(c) Date and time: See item no. 1 in the next Announcement  below. Update: Test will be available today at 11:30 pm
on Blackboard (UBLearns) under Assignments. Make sure you read the instructions! Please note that in the name of fairness, and to prevent cheating, the rules cannot be changed.

(d) Format: It will be a multiple choice test (with responses graded by the computer). However, points will be deducted for guessing. <-- Read this sentence again.

(e) Place: the test will be online and available via Blackboard (UBLearns).

(f) Methodology:
See item no. 1 in the next Announcement  below.

2. Reminder about e-mails policy:
See item no. 6 in the next Announcement below.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 8
Posted 3/23/2020 
 

People, Spring Break is over; so please read and digest:

1. About the upcoming Test No. 3 this week, see item 2 in Announcement 7, below.

2. About class announcements for the rest of the semester, see item 4 in Announcement 7, below.

3. Homework for this week, see item 1 in Announcement 7, below.

4. Homework for next week to be completed by 4/1/2020:
(a) Download, view, and digest the film titled The 13th--Class Version available via the Films List page.
(b) Download, view, and digest Film Score: Part One (Section B)--however skip the first segment on the music of Mark Isham--available via the Films List page. (Note: instructions for getting to the Films List page are the same as in Announcement 3, item 1, below. However, the link to the Films List page in the left margin of this page also takes you directly to that page.)

5. Those of you who have to do a make-up for Test 2, you will take it after Test 3 coming up. I will post instructions about it on this page at some point.

6. About sending me e-mails, see Announcement 3, item no. 5 below.

7. About reading, digesting, and following instructions in this class: click on the slide image in the top left corner of this page.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 7
Posted 3/12/2020 

Folks: Please read and digest:

1. Homework, to be completed by 3/25/2020:
(a) Download and view in its entirety the film we started in class yesterday, titled Into the West--class version. (Available via the Film List page-see Announcement No. 3, below, if you still do not know how to access this page.)
(b) Download and
view in its entirety the updated version of the film we started in class last week, titled Rabbit Proof Fence--class version. (Available via the Film List page--link has been updated.)

2. Test 3, which will be based on some or all of everything (repeat, everything) mentioned in Announcements 6 and 7 will be available online on 3/27/2020, under "assignments," on UBLearns, by the end of the day.
Once the test is available, you will have 48 hours in which to do it. Note: To prevent cheating, (a) it will be a timed test which you will have to complete in one sitting--that is, once you have begun the test you must complete it; you won't be able to go back to it if you stop before the time is up, or if you run out of time. Questions will be multiple-choice and they will be presented to you one at a time; you won't be able to flip back and redo a question. And (b) although the questions will be based on the same material, they will not necessarily be identical for all test-takers. Make sure you study everything with diligence before you take the test; otherwise you will fail the test--that's a guarantee--because you won't be able to answer the questions (as happened on the last test you took).

3. Do NOT send me e-mails that are not in a professional format. See the syllabus. Otherwise, you may not get a response.

4. All class announcements will continue to be posted on this class home page. It is your responsibility to stay on top of all class announcements, and of course you must be on top of all assigned homework. As some of the super-intelligent among you found out during the test we had yesterday, attempting to do a test without doing the homework the test covers is a recipe for a big fat F!



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 6
Posted 3/4/2020 

Guys: Please read and digest:

1. Homework:
(a) Go through all the announcements below, starting from Announcement 1 at the bottom of this page. (Warning: failure to read announcements on a timely basis is an unacceptable excuse.)
(b) Do NOT send me e-mails about anything until after you have gone through all the announcements. (See also instructions about e-mails in Announcement no. 2, below.)
(c) Study your attendance record
--link in the left margin of this page.
(d) Study the Test/Exam schedule--link in the left margin of this page.
(e) Catch up on homework, class discussions, etc. from previous announcements.
(f) Study the
the slide image at the top of the left margin of this page.
(g) Download and finish the film we started in class on your own, after the link is available later via the Film List page.


2. Class proceedings today:
(a) Discussion--key words: Film casting; colonialism; racism-eugenics (examples: Australia, the U.S., and Nazi Germany); gender (oppression).
(b) Screened item 3, no. d from the next announcement below.
(c) Screened casting of Rabbit Proof Fence: Link: https://buffalo.box.com/v/rabbitproofCasting
(d) Screened first half of Rabbit Proof Fence--must download and finish viewing on your own, when link is available.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 5
Posted 2/26/2020 

Folks: Please read and digest:

1. The test coming up (link to test/exam schedule on the left) will be based on all materials mentioned in announcements 3 through 5, plus class proceedings. Yes, I am allowing you to bring notes. Additional break: if your performance is 2 grade levels or more better than on the first test, it can be used to substitute your Test 1 grade. Go through the rules for tests--link is in the left column. By the way, do you know what the "lazy student rule" is?

2. Yes, we will also have regular class on test days in the same room in which the test will be given (Knox 110).

3. Homework for Wednesday, next week (3/4), study the following materials:
>>>(a) These terms (including any accompanying images) from the Course Glossary (which is PART B of online course assignment materials): Essentialism; Stereotype; Otherness; and Marginality.
>>>(b) The slide image on verisimilitude and marginality that appears as the first item in PART I (Film Class Assignments).
>>>(c) Finish viewing the two items we have been viewing in class on race, and on film scores, which are: Comprehending Race Part II (Section One); and Film Score: Part One (Section A). Make sure you also study the notes at the beginning of each of these two items. To access these two items, DOWNLOAD them via the Film List page.<-- If you still don't know the film list page, then read the instructions in Announcement No. 3 below.
>>>(d) See this video again:
https://buffalo.box.com/v/framesScenes
4. Catch up on all the homework since the last test.

5. When you miss a class for legitimate reasons, do not send me an e-mail. Instead, complete the missed class/test form (link on the left).


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 4
Posted 2/21/2020 

Folks: Please read and digest:

1. Homework for Wednesday, next week (2/26), please study the following materials:

(a) Study this reading: Music and productivity.

(b) Study reading no. 38 from the Film Readings page of Section One of PART I (Film Assignments page). See item 1 of the next announcement below, OR try the link in the left margin of this page.

(c) Video no. 25 (from the videos page of Section One of PART I (Film Assignments page).

(d) Video no. 26 (as above).
 

ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 3
Posted 2/13/2020 

Guys: Please read and digest:

1. Homework for Wednesday next week (2/19) requires you to, first, get to know the Assignments for Film Class page for this course.
How to get to that page: click on "Course Assignment Materials" (on this page, or the preceding page) and follow the click path until you end up with a web page that states 'INTRODUCTION (read this first)" while its left column has a listing running from PART A through PART O. Now, access the Film Class Assignments page by clicking PART I (Film Class Assignments) and then scrolling down to SECTION ONE on that page. Reminder: any AV material I am able to stream in class via item (D) Film List in SECTION ONE, you should be able to stream it too. If you can't do that on your device, then you have a computer hygiene problem. Read next item.

2. WARNING: If you can't access PART I on your laptop then click on the "computer hygiene" link in the left margin, to figure out how to solve the problem.

3. Homework
for Wednesday next week (2/19):
(a) Part One of "Reading No. 38" from Readings page (of Section One)
(b) Film: La Haine--class version from the Film List page (of Section One)

4. Class proceedings, yesterday:
Video (first 30 minutes):
"Comprehending Race--Part Two (Section One)"
Class discussion: What to look out for in La Haine; The fifth main function of racism in a capitalist society; etc.

5. Reminder, reminder about e-mails:
(a) As explained in class, I don't answer e-mails on matters already covered in the syllabus, and/or announcements/links on this page, and/or e-mails sent to everyone. (This semester I am teaching about 150 students--I am sure you can guess why I mentioning this.) (b) Your e-mails must always be in the format indicated in the syllabus, otherwise you may not get a response. (c) I access e-mails only via a desktop computer not a mobile device.
 


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 2
Posted 2/6/2020 

Folks/Guys/People:

Welcome to the class home page for AAS 254 which you are required to visit on a regular basis. Please go through all the items in the following announcement carefully:

1. As announced in class last week on Wednesday, we will have our first test on Wednesday, 2/12/2020.  

2. Please go through the rules for quizzes/tests/exams in this course, available here. When you go through the rules, pay close attention to the lazy student rule.

3. Yes. I am allowing you to bring HANDWRITTEN notes to the test. But be careful. Your notes should not be so detailed that you will run out of time looking for information. Best way to take notes on an assigned film: use one or two key words for every scene (not shot) in the film. (See item 11 below; and if I were you, I would see the films twice.)

4. If you are a first-year or second-year student, please read this document here.

6. In the future, with rare exception, I won't be sending you e-mail reminders about announcements. Instead, you should make it your habit to visit this class-home page regularly.

7. I do not access e-mails through mobile devices; I access them only through a desktop computer. My job description does not require me to be a prisoner of communications technology. :) Therefore, you may not get a response to an e-mail you send me before the next class meets. If this happens, talk to me after class, because if you don't I will assume that your e-mail message was not important--in which case of course you, most likely, will never get a response. Warning: Your e-mails must always be in the format specified in the syllabus; otherwise you may not get a response.

8.


9. Course Syllabus is available here.

10. Links to film/video homework assignments are in the next announcement below.

11. Links to videos:
https://buffalo.box.com/v/framesScenes
https://buffalo.box.com/v/marillionhevc 
https://buffalo.box.com/v/filmMusicImportant  

WARNING No. 1: Do not ignore any subtitles and comments in the AV materials.

WARNING No. 2: Do not ignore any subtitles and comments in the AV materials.

12. The test will cover:
(a) item nos. 2, and 8 above;
(b) pages 1 through 2 of item no. 9 above;
(c) video items in item 11. above; and
(d) Film and video assignments in the next announcement below.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 1
  e-mailed 1/30/2020 

This e-mail was sent to all who had registered for this class by 1/30/2020:

Dear All:

As explained in class, homework for next week:
For Wednesday (2/5/2020), view and study this film:
https://buffalo.box.com/v/PlacesHeart-ClassVersion
PLUS this short video:
https://youtu.be/Q3BcS8Uwl9U

Homework for the following week:
For Wednesday (2/12/2020), view and study this film:
https://buffalo.box.com/v/FreeStateJones-classVersion
PLUS this short video:
https://youtu.be/AD7N-1Mj-DU

Class syllabus:
https://buffalo.box.com/v/254Spring2020Syllabus

Reminder: To make things easier for you, as explained in class, I do not use the commercial website called "Blackboard," which here at UB is called "UBLearns." However, at some point soon I will create a web page for the class at a different site.
Do NOT reply to this e-mail; it has been sent to you via HUB.

Sincerely,
Instructor












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