Self in Society
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We will begin the fourth and final course unit - Transformation - on Tuesday, November 21, with a discussion of the relationship of nature and the self as dramatized in Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild. Be sure to print out the Transformation unit guide from the Web site for note-taking, course concepts, and exam review as we move through this unit.
On Tuesday, December 5, we will be discussing Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death as well as reviewing the material on the Transformation unit guide that will then be tested on Exam #4 on Thursday, December 7.
If you choose, you can take the optional Exam #5 on Tuesday, December 12 - same time and place: Hawkins 209 at 5:30pm. Extra-credit summaries of articles are due no later than 4pm on Thursday, December 14, at the EOP office in the college center. (These can be averaged in with your exam marks if they benefit the overall exam grade.)
Best of luck as you complete the last two weeks of the semester. As always, catch me before or after class or at my office in the College Center if you have questions or concerns or would like to discuss your work on your papers. I've enjoyed our class sessions through the semester and appreciate your contributions as we've worked through what I sense were at times very challenging course materials and readings.
SAMPLE CRITICAL AND REFLECTIVE PAPERS ON E-RESERVE.
Sample critical and reflective papers from an earlier course section are now available on electronic reserve. The paper by Luke Babbie is an example of the reflective essay; the other paper is a typical critical paper. These will hopefully give you a more concrete idea of the assignment, but feel free to consult with me if you have any other concerns or questions. (Due-dates for the papers are available through the link at the bottom of this page.)
To access e-reserves go to the college home page, click on Feinberg Library, then on "electronic reserves" at the top left of that page. You can then search for the course title - Self in Society - or by my name. And when you are then asked for a password, it is soc265f [no spaces]. I've also included a piece from The Onion satire Web site that I thought you might enjoy as well as the Rolling Stone article on imprisonment and torture at Guantanamo Bay as they affect prisoners' senses of self and psychological well being. NOTE: It may take some time for your computer to display the papers while it loads Acrobat Reader. Be patient.
The updated due-dates for your two course papers are now available by clicking on the link below.
Remember, too, that the syllabus, class handouts, and lecture outlines are only available by printing them off the Web pages or from the course electronic reserves through the library pages. (I will not hand out hard copies in class.) I suggest you check the syllabus to see what items you'll need for each week's class sessions and then print these out at the beginning of the week/course unit. Also, don't forget to check this TABS page daily for course updates and announcements.
As always, feel free to contact me by e-mail (just click on my name at the top of the Web site home page) or at class if you have any questions or concerns as we sail off on our journey through the semester.
Click here for due-dates for Critical and Reflective Papers.
Welcome to Self in Society and the fall 2006 semester at SUNY Plattsburgh.
If you experience problems with the website or access to it, contact me by e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org - or speak to me in class and I will try to address the issue.
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This page last modified on 12/03/06.