Syllabus & Info

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Required texts:
All readings and other course materials have been made available via the Open Educational Resources Initiatives (OER) and are accessible via the Readings & Schedule page here.

Classroom Environment/Electronics
Although this is an introductory course this class is based on a significant amount of discussion. This will require students to be current with the readings to be prepared for class. The use of technology will be a big part of instruction. However individual use of technology that leads to disruption and disengagement can negatively effects one’s participation grade in the course. Because we will be discussing many subjects that are both sensitive and personal I require a great amount maturity and etiquette. If at any point civility is a problem you can be asked to leave the class for the day and cannot return until meeting with me; in addition to a lost of points.

This communication workspace is a primary means in which students will be expected to participate in the course. Students will receive announcements, assignment details, communicate based on their assigned teams, contribute to discussions, and respond to surveys and polls. Slack will also contain other valuable course content that cannot be accessed on the course site. Students are expected to register and become familiar with the tool by the second day of class when groups are assigned.

All graded assignments will have a specific rubric outlining the objectives and the possible points to be earned. This can be found on Slack under #grading. Scores on exams and assignments will be posted on Blackboard Due dates and other changes will be specified on the rubrics and overrides the course schedule on this syllabus.

Writing Assignments (2): 20%
Exams (2): 40%
Participation: 20%
Quizzes: 10%
Attendance: 10%

The grading scale for the course is as follows:
A+ = 98 thru 100+
A = 93 thru 97.99
A- = 90 thru 92.99
B+ = 87 thru 89.99
B = 83 thru 86.99
B- = 80 thru 82.99
C+ = 77 thru 79.99
C = 73 thru 76.99
C- = 70 thru 72.99
D+ = 67 thru 69.99
D = 63 thru 66.99
D- = 60 thru 62.99
F = 59.99 and below

Writing Assignments:
There will be a one page writing assignments this semester that will be completed at the beginning of the semester that assess an understanding of the sociological imagination. You will receive a prompt at the beginning of Unit 2 that will require you to modify your initial assignment that will be due at the end of the semester.

There will be two exams this semester that will follow the same format. Approximately 25 multiple choice questions and 2 short answer questions. All exam questions will be derived from course readings, films, and all discussions (in class and on Slack).

Participation will largely be based on communicating with your teammates, developing a social issue and presenting it to the class, and responding to other teams. Communication with your teammates should yield discussion questions that are used to address the whole class. The teams are formed based on the categories of: gender, sexuality, race, class, nationality, New York City, global. These seven teams represent the larger themes in the course and will be used to focus on more specific social issues that teams will present on.

There will be an undetermined number of quizzes throughout the semester that will be completed on Slack that will serve as an indicator of class preparedness. Students will answer 2-4 quiz questions that will be made available at least 24 hour before class starts. Because answers will be made available via Slack one follow-up question can be asked, randomly in class, that will affirm or negate the validity of any quiz result. More than one invalid quiz result will require a meeting during office hours or appointment.

Attendance and tardiness policy will be determined by student input and poll on Slack official attendance policy will be posted under the #grading channel on Slack.

Academic Integrity
The faculty and administration of Brooklyn College support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism. Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both. The complete text of the CUNY Academic Integrity Policy and the Brooklyn College procedure for implementing that policy can be found at this site. If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member MUST report the violation.

In order to receive disability-related academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services. Students who have a documented disability or suspect they may have a disability are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell at 718-951-5538. If you have already registered with the Center for Student Disability Services please provide me with the course accommodation form and discuss specific accommodations with me. I will not accommodate students who have not made their issues known previously.

Fine Print:
As a policy I do not provide extra-credit for poor performances on assignments and quizzes other than what has been indicated above. However, if you anticipate a legitimate reason for why you may have trouble with an assignment, do not hesitate to speak with me in advance. Students are responsible for following the information provided on the syllabus and assignments on Blackboard, specific information will be announced in class but grading rubrics posted on Blackboard should be utilized when completing assignments. Failure to follow directions will result in lower grades. Late assignments will be accepted but with point taken off. Anyone caught plagiarizing or cheating will receive a zero for the assignment and be reported. I expect all students to adhere to the Brooklyn College standards of academic integrity.