Writing Skills
Knowledge means very little if you cannot effectively communicate. In this course, one of the primary bases of communication is through the written word. Thus, a clear writing style is expected. While many are intimidated by the writing process, procrastination only worsens one’s anxiety (as well as one’s writing and thinking). Writing is simply a skill that improves with concerted and guided practice. I strongly encourage you to have other people edit your work prior to turning in any final draft. It is expected that basic rules of English spelling, grammar, and sentence formation will be followed, and that your writing will flow in a logical and non-redundant manner. Assignments that do not fulfill these basic expectations will not receive full credit. If you are concerned about your writing, or if English is not your first language, please see me. I also highly recommend making regular appointments with the Writing Center. UW2 Room 124; (425) 352-5253. http://www.bothell.washington.edu/writingcenter/
Respectful Behavior
By enrolling in this course you are agreeing to help create a safe and supportive environment in which everyone can learn. This means that you agree to be respectful and compassionate for your classmates. You are expected to come to class ready to examine your own preconceptions – be they based in class, race, gender, sexuality, age, ability, religion or any other category that we put people in. Part of doing this means that characterizations or generalizations of groups of people as all one way or another are inappropriate (i.e., poor people are lazy), as are categorical slurs (i.e., white trash). You are also expected to come to class ready to be respectful and open to other’s views. If you disagree with someone else in class, I encourage you to say so, but I ask that you do so in a way that identifies the thing that is said as problematic rather than the person that said it. If something that you say is questioned by another classmate, than you will be asked to do your best to understand the substance of the questioning and examine your statement critically. If you are unable or unwilling to conduct yourself in a manner that is open and respectful than you will be asked to leave the classroom immediately. Repeated behavior that threatens the safety of others in the classroom may lead to you being asked to leave the course entirely.

Students with Disabilities
Accommodation for disabled students is a campus priority and a priority in my classes. If you believe that you have a disability and would like academic accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services at 425.352.5307, 425.352.5303 TDD, 425.352.5455 FAX, or at dss@uwb.edu. http://www.uwb.edu/studentservices/dss. If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please let me know ASAP.

IAS Portfolio
IAS is a portfolio-based program.  Student majoring in any degree offered by IAS begin the process of creating a capstone portfolio in BIS 300: Interdisciplinary Inquiry and conclude it in BIS 499: Capstone Portfolio.  IAS students should maintain an archive of all of the work they have done in (or in relation to) their undergraduate education, preferably through their UW Google Site.  For more information about the IAS portfolio, visit http://www.uwb.edu/ias/iasdegreeportfolio.

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. Students 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 http://www.uwb.edu/alert. Class activities will be rescheduled as needed.

General Rules and Guidelines

  1. Arrive on time and leave on time.
  2. Attendance and absences: You will be graded on participation, and the most basic level of in-class participation is attendance. Attendance provides you with the ability to contribute to a positive and focused classroom experience for everyone. It is acceptable to miss a class or show up late only in the event of a family emergency, a medical emergency or sickness, or based on a pre-arranged absence that you and the instructor have agreed to ahead of time. If you do miss a class it is expected that you will notify the instructor of the absence as soon as possible via email, if possible prior to the class period.
  3. Assignments turned in late will receive a 15% grade reduction for every 24 hours that they are late (i.e., an assignment turned in 1 hour or 23 hours late will be reduced by 15%, and one turned in 25 hours late will be reduced by 30%, etc.). If you anticipate that you will not be able to turn in an assignment on time please let me know as soon as possible.
  4. Turn off your cell phone during class and put it away (i.e. no text messaging either).
  5. Do not check your email or surf the web during class. Unlike some professors I allow computer use in class, but only for taking notes or looking up information pertinent to the class discussion. Do not check your email, social network sites, or surf the web during class time (during breaks is ok). During class lectures and discussions this behavior is distracting, disengaging, and disrespectful. Also feel free to ask your neighbor to discontinue her/his websurfing behavior until after class. I will immediately do so as well if and when I see it.
  6. Academic integrity. See http://www.uwb.edu/studentservices/academicconduct for crucial information regarding academic integrity.  The library also has an extremely useful website with resources at http://libguides.uwb.edu/ai. 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 they were intentional or not. You can find more information on what constitutes plagiarism here: http://www.uwb.edu/learningtech/plagiarism.
  7. Citation Style. You may use any of the following citation styles in your cultural critique papers (BUT PICK ONE):  Chicago, APA, or MLA. You can find guidance on appropriate use of citations styles here: http://libguides.uwb.edu/citation.
  8. Incompletes will only be granted under extraordinary circumstances. In fact:“An incomplete may be given only when the student has been in attendance, has done satisfactory work until within two weeks of 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.” (UWB catalog, emphasis mine).

Office hours
If you have questions about the course please do not hesitate to contact me.  My office is located at UW1 143 and my normal office hours are Tue/Thu 11am-12noon.  If my office hours do not fit your schedule, contact me and we can set up an appointment for another time. In general, e-mail is the most reliable way to contact me.  However, it is your responsibility to give me enough time to respond.

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