COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Class Participation

Class participation means being present and involved in every class. To be present means being in your seat and ready to work when class begins. You can view the attendance policy for this course by clicking here. To be involved means having done any work assigned for that day, whether that work is a required reading, a required viewing, or a fieldwork project. Every student is expected to do all of the assignments. These assignments include the text for the course, the readings that can be found in the Course Documents folder or the images/music that can be found in the Course Images and Music folder. Please consult the Course Schedule to determine when particular assignments are due.

ALL COURSE ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE DATE UPON THEY WILL BE DISCUSSED IN CLASS. YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO COME TO CLASS PREPARED TO DISCUSS WHAT YOU HAVE READ OR SEEN. PLEASE BRING TO CLASS A WRITTEN QUESTION OR COMMENT ABOUT EACH ASSIGNMENT. THE INSTRUCTOR WILL COLLECT (BUT NOT GRADE) THEM. IF POSSIBLE, USE A 4 x 6 CARD FOR YOUR QUESTION OR COMMENT ABOUT EACH ASSIGNMENT.

Examinations

Students in American Studies 0855 will take three examinations. The first will apply to material covered in weeks one through six; the second will apply to material covered in weeks seven though ten. The final examination will apply to material covered in the entire course, though that covered in weeks eleven through fifteen will be emphasized.

Students will have the opportunity to propose questions for these exams. We will spend some class time discussing questions proposed by students. Such questions should be posted to Discussion Board by the dates indicated. Good examination questions should adhere to the following two principles: fairness and significance. That is, they should be neither too narrow nor too broad (fairness) and they should address the most important themes and ideas in the course (significance).

Examination Dates:

First Examination, Friday October 8, 2010
Second Examination, Monday, November 8, 2010
Final Examination: Friday, December 17, 2010 at 8:00 am

Web Assignments

Each student in the course will complete three web assignments.  The purpose of these assignments is to increase your "information literacy."  For each assignment, you will search the web for information about American higher education that sheds light on a theme in American Studies.  We will discuss in class what you find on the web.  You will be required to submit documentation of your findings.  For further details, consult the Course Schedule and/or the Course Library Guide.

Web Assignment No. 1: Monday September 20, 2010
Web Assignment No. 2: Friday October 29, 2010
Web Assignment No. 3: Wednesday December 1, 2010

Fieldwork

Students in American Studies 0855 will do three fieldwork projects. One of these may be an individual or group project; two must be individual projects. You must post a report on each fieldwork assignment to Discussion Board by the dates indicated below.

Individual or Group

1) Campus Visits

Report Date: Wednesday October 6, 2010

Individual

1) Building Inventories

Report Date: Friday September 10, 2010

2) Temple Person Interview

Report Date: Wednesday November 17, 2010

To see the grade weightings for these assignments click here.