UN1001: Perspectives on Inquiry Hope ? A Global Perspective Fall 2006 Why Perspectives? The Perspectives course sequence is intended to provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the genre of the university and the means of study here. It is for this reason that I designed this particular section to be seminar-style. Although seminars are mainly found at upper-division and graduate levels, the personal responsibility required to succeed in the seminar will be a valuable resource for your future education. In addition to the discipline required to complete the work on a weekly basis, this course will provide opportunities for critical thinking, understanding research, exploring ethics, and practicing communication. Course Description What enables one to have hope? What role does hope play in the life of an individual and in a society? This course addresses these overarching questions in an effort to explore the ideas and institutions that provide and support opportunities for hope, as well as examining those circumstances that lead to non-hope or despair. Through study of literature, memoir, philosophy, ?lm, and documentary, we will confront the personal and social challenges of attaining and maintaining hope in a constantly-changing global society. Through research, discussion, and writing, our study of hope will examine the ways hope and despair are engendered in our own lives, our community, and in the lives of others. Ultimately, viewing hope through both a personal and global perspective may help us better understand the ways in which we, as individuals and as a collective, confront change and address the challenges of our future. Required Course Materials All available at the bookstore: The Freedom Writers Diary by the Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Na?si The Future of Peace by Scott A. Hunt Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert Composition Journal Resources ? Additional readings, course assignments, and general resource information can be found at my website: www.hu.mtu.edu/~clweberb ? For questions regarding the course and assignments, please email me at any time or stop by during my of?ce hours. ? For general assistance with research, writing, editing, and presentations, contact the MTU Writing Center at 7-2007. Attendance and Participation Attendance includes not only coming to class, but also participating in the daily activities. I expect you to be prepared for the class by having completed all readings and assignments due for the day, and to listen and contribute to class discussions. Because we meet just once a week, more than one absence will affect your ?nal grade. You are responsible for letting me know in advance if you will be absent, and for completing all assignments due for that day. In unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, email me as soon as possible. cynthia weber ? firstname.lastname@example.org ? walker 137 ? office hours: tues 7?9pm, wed 5?7pm There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance. ? Socrates Assignments All assignments are due on the day they are assigned, at the beginning of class. You are responsible for all assignments, even if you are absent, and all work must be completed to receive a ?nal grade. All written assignments must be typed, oral assignments must be accompanied by a written outline, and visual assignments should be burned to a cd. Assignments will be given out in class and also, when possible, posted to my website in advance. Check the course calendar for due dates, especially for those assignments that have multiple components. Please note that each course reading is considered an assignment. Journal To practice both thinking critically and transferring those thoughts into written language, you will be responsible for keeping a course journal. You will be assigned both speci?c questions and general entries in response to the readings, ?lms, and discussion. Entries should be a minimum of two pages in your composition journal (based on average-size handwriting; if yours is larger or smaller, adjust accordingly). Journals will be collected approximately every two weeks, and can be picked up at my of?ce prior to the next class. Grading Your ?nal grade in the course will be calculated with the following percentages in mind: Class participation (attendance, participation, in-class activities) 20% Journal and Writing Assignments 20% Research Project and Presentation 20% Individual Presentation 15% Research Paper 25% To receive a C in this class (remember, C is average) show up to class and complete the minimum requirements for all assignments. To receive an A or a B, you must participate in daily class activities and discussions and complete work beyond the minimum ? work that demonstrates critical thinking and understanding of and engagement with the subject matter. Academic Integrity Presenting others? work as your own or failing to credit resources results in plagiarism, which can lead to academic probation. If you ever have any questions regarding this issue, please talk to me or consult a coach in the Writing Center (7-2007). Important Note MTU complies with all federal and state laws and regulations regarding discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. If you have a disability and need reasonable accommodation for equal access to education and services at MTU, please call the Student Affairs Of?ce (7-2212). For other concerns about discrimination, you may contact your advisor, department chair, or the Af?rmative Action Of?ce (7-3310). Course Calendar In-Class Readings and Assignments Due Week 1 introduction to course; screen ?lm Week 2 education The Freedom Writers Diary p. xiii?107, Journal entries Week 3 social justice; screen ?lm The Freedom Writers Diary p. 108?191, Journal entries Week 4 tolerance The Freedom Writers Diary p. 192?277, Journal entries library tour: conducting research Week 5 revolution; screen ?lm Reading Lolita in Tehran p. 3?78, Journal entries Research Project Proposal Due Week 6 oppression Reading Lolita in Tehran p. 79?154, Journal entries Week 7 class & gender; screen ?lm Reading Lolita in Tehran p. 155?254, Journal entries Week 8 politics and religion *Lecture Required ? Rosza Center, Monday 7:30pm Reading Lolita in Tehran p. 255?339, Journal entries Week 9 freedom of speech The Future of Peace: Forward, Introduction, Chapter 1 presentations Journal entries, Research Project & Presentations Week 10 compassion The Future of Peace: Chapter 2, Journal entries presentations Research Project & Presentations Week 11 environment The Future of Peace: Chapter 7 Field Notes from a Catastrophe p. 7?66, Journal entries conferences Research Paper Proposal BREAK Week 12 global environment; screen ?lm Field Notes from a Catastrophe p. 67?147, Journal entries Week 13 change Field Notes from a Catastrophe p. 148?188, Journal entries Draft Research Paper Week 14 presentations Presentation, Final Journal assessments Finals Week Final Paper, Portfolio, and Assessment Memo Important Note: I reserve the right to change this syllabus at any time to meet the needs of this class. UN1001 Fall 2006 un1001syllabus.indd
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