While I do not take attendance, attending class meetings will greatly enhance your chances of submitting a persuasive final paper, learning about the material, collaborating with others, and sharing your ideas in an open, face-to-face learning climate.  Given our Twitter backchannel and our collaborative responses to films, active participation will be especially crucial to your learning.

Classroom Conduct and Participation

Since conversations are essential to the quality of this class, I expect that we shall work together to create an atmosphere of respect. College level discourse does not shy away from sensitive issues, including questions of race, gender, class, sexuality, politics, and religion, and neither will we. There are going to be differences in opinions, beliefs, and interpretations when we question texts and cultural issues.

Students need not agree with the arguments in the course material or with what their peers or I have to say—in fact, it is important to think critically and question the course material. Still, you must do so intelligently and with respect. Respect for difference is instrumental to creating a classroom in which a variety of ideas can be exchanged and points of view can be explored.

What is crucial to this course is that you are comfortable expressing yourself and your ideas. If, for whatever reason, you are not, then you should notify me immediately in class or visit me in my office hours. I understand that some people are more comfortable speaking in front of the class than others. That said, participation in office hours will also augment your participation grade. If you are not comfortable bringing your concerns directly to me or are not satisfied with my response to your inquiry, then I encourage you to contact IAS.

Late Policy

Since your response papers will often require a peer’s response, they should be submitted on time. Otherwise, you risk quickly falling behind in class.

While I will accept late papers, they do negatively influence your response papers grade. I will also not comment on late papers. (Yikes!)


University rules state that “an incomplete is given only when the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work until within two weeks at the end of the quarter and has furnished proof satisfactory to the instructor that the work cannot be completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond the student’s control.” Please also note that IAS strongly discourages incompletes.

Academic Integrity

Please see this site for crucial information regarding academic integrity. The library also has an extremely useful website, with resources here. You are responsible for knowing what constitutes a violation of the University of Washington Student Code, and you will be held responsible for any such violations whether or not they were intentional.

Plagiarism, or academic dishonesty, is presenting someone else’s ideas or writing as your own. In this class, you are encouraged to refer to other people’s thoughts and writing—as long as they are cited.

Many students do not have a clear understanding of what constitutes plagiarism. It includes:

  • A student failing to cite the source of an idea,
  • A student failing to cite sources of paraphrased material,
  • A student failing to cite courses of specific language and/or passages, and
  • A student submitting someone else’s work as her or his own.

If you have doubts about whether to cite or acknowledge another person’s writing, then you should just let me know. Better safe than sorry. And think about it—Google, websites galore, and the fact that I was an undergraduate, too, make it really, really easy for me to spot plagiarized work. For more information on plagiarism, visit this site.

Disability Support Services

Support for students with disabilities is a campus priority. If you believe that you have a disability and would like academic accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services (DSS) at (425) 352-5307, (425) 352-5303 (TDD), (425) 352.5455 (fax), or dss@uwb.edu.

I will work with DSS to provide students with disabilities what they require. I will also take suggestions specific to this class to meet student needs. The course syllabus and policies are available in large print, as are other class materials. The course site should adhere to accessibility standards. When it does not, please contact me and let me know. I will revise it accordingly.

Inclement Weather

Please check if the campus may be closed due to weather. Information on suspension of operations will be made public and available through the media. You can learn of campus operations status from the website or by calling the Campus Information Hotline: (425) 352-3333. You may also sign up with an alert system that will contact you via email or text message if classes are canceled. For more information on the alert process, please see this site. Class activities will be rescheduled as needed.

Student Support Services

Library:  website or (425) 352-5340

Writing Center: website or (425) 352-5253

Quantitative Skills Center: website or ( 425) 352-3170

Student Success and Career Services: website or (425) 352-3776

Student Counseling Services: website or (425) 352-3183


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