Required Texts:

Course Reader from Alternative Copy Shop in the UCen (also available on Reserve)

Through the Arc of the Rainforest, Karen Tei Yamashita

Transmission, Hari Kunzru

Vietnamerica, G.B. Tran

Students will be required to collectively maintain and contribute to the class blog. This means students will need to have an account with WordPress and post original blog entries and comment on the entries of other students.

Participation (daily attendance, discussion, office hours visit) – 20%

Course Blog (profile, 2 assigned posts minimum, and responses)- 15%

Short paper – 5%

Midterm – 15%

Group Presentation (15 minutes, plus 15 minute guided discussion, including media and blog page) – 15%

Final Reading Quiz – 5%

Final Project Abstract and individual meeting- 5%

Final Project (Extended critical blog, research paper, or creative piece + critical analysis) – 20%

Specific information will be published to this site as the class progresses. Keep an eye out for posts to the main blog for those announcements with assignment details. They will all be tagged “Assignments.”

Course Policies

Attendance & Participation: Your consistent, informed participation is expected in this class. Please arrive fully prepared, with your reading, your notes, and questions. Be prepared to engage in a variety of in-class and on-line work and discussion.

The online components of this class are extensive, but are designed so that all students can participate. If you find that you have economic, personal, social, or technological hardships, notify me immediately so we can address these issues.

Meeting these minimum requirements earns a “C” grade for participation. “B” range grades are given for a consistent pattern of thorough preparation and active and engaged participation in class discussions and activities. Beyond this, “A” range grades are given for fully engaged and strikingly responsive participation, representing the best of individual dedication to mastering the course material, while fostering a lively and interesting group discussion in a collaborative spirit.

Please note that repeated disturbances, tardiness, early departure, or missed classes will be detrimental to the goals of the course, and may result in a zero (0) participation grade. If you must come or leave early, please do so in a manner that is not disruptive to the rest of the class.

You are also required to meet with me individually at least once over the course of the quarter. This meeting is mandatory, so if you know that you will have difficulty toward the end of the quarter, plan ahead.

Office Hours: My office is open to you during my scheduled office hours or for alternate meetings if you cannot make those office hours. Please reserve these meetings for questions related to the course or your studies.. Don’t hesitate to stop by office hours for clarification or help.

Special Accommodations: If you have a disability and would like to discuss accommodations and access, please let me know and make arrangements with the Disabled Students Program early in the term.

Classroom Community Statement: Each student in this class is expected to treat other students with respect regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, economic background, religion, age, ability, etc. Hate speech or other acts of targeted prejudicial speech will not be tolerated. Any student’s behavior that intimidates or makes difficult the attendance of another student will be considered harassment. If you ever feel uncomfortable with a situation or a discussion that occurs before, during, or outside of class, please do not hesitate to talk to me, or, if you are not comfortable speaking with me, please talk to someone in the Office of Student Life, the Office of the Ombuds, or the Women’s Center. Your best interests will always be respected in taking any action.

Late Policy: Late work is penalized 1/3 of a grade per day, and is not accepted after one week. Failure to complete any of the course requirements will result in a failing course grade of “F.” If you know that you will be missing class, please notify me ahead of time so we can make alternate arrangements. If you fall ill or encounter some sort of emergency, notify me as soon as possible.

Email communication: Be sure your Umail account is operational, and/or have your emails forwarded to an address that you check regularly as announcements will be made through the university mail system.

Additionally, as instructor, I reserve the right to ignore emails from unidentified senders. Please email me from an address that can be easily attributed to your identity, and be specific in your subject line (e.g. Paper Questions). Expect a response within 12 hours during the workweek; weekend messages will be processed Mondays. Emails the evening before an exam or assignment due date will most likely not receive responses.

Academic Integrity: From the UCSB General Catalog:

“All members of the academic community share responsibility for the academic integrity of the UCSB community. Academic dishonesty is an assault upon the basic integrity and meaning of a University. Cheating, plagiarism, and collusion in dishonest activities are serious acts which erode the University’s educational and research roles and cheapen the learning experience as well as the value of one’s degree … Materials (written or otherwise) submitted to fulfill academic requirements must represent a student’s own efforts unless otherwise permitted by an instructor. It is also the responsibility of each student to know the campus rules regarding academic misconduct—ignorance is no excuse.”

Plagiarism will result in a failing grade on the plagiarized assignment and possible disciplinary action by the university. Please refer to the Office of Judicial Affairs for information on the expected student conduct and the official course of action for academic dishonest. We will review the proper way to use outside sources in order to avoid plagiarism; however, I encourage you to meet with me or email me if you are at all uncertain about where something like collaboration ends and plagiarism begins according to contemporary standards.

Paper Formatting: MLA Style & paper format. All hard copies of papers and assignments must be typed, double-spaced with 12 pt Times New Roman font, one inch margins, and student name and page number (e.g. Doe 5) in top right corner of each page, ½ inch from the top (Change those default settings now!). Carelessness, misspelling of names or failure to follow this established format will be penalized; always proofread your work. Papers must be stapled.


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