does not mean you have to agree with everything we watch/read/discuss but you areexpected to show respect to each person in our class. Inappropriate or derogatorylanguage or behavior will not be tolerated if directed at other students or their beliefs. Mygoal is to provide an environment where critical but constructive dialogue and analysis of these very important issues can take place in a comfortable and civilized manner.
How to Succeed in this Course
I am neither an entertainer, nor a magician. I cannot teach you what you are not preparedor willing to learn. I will do my best to keep you engaged in the material, but it is yourresponsibility to become a part of this class. The following are some basic tips which willhelp you succeed in this course:
1. Attend class regularly.
Although I realize you may have seen some of the films wewill be viewing, I expect that you attend each class. We only meet once a week and soattendance is VERY important. I do not lend out my copies of films. Most are available atthe public library. I also will not provide any type of notes if you miss a class.Do
ask me “Did I miss anything?” Of course you did. Get a buddy in the classand ask that person the question. If they tell you that you didn’t miss anything, getanother buddy!
2. Pay Careful Attention to the Films.
It will come as no surprise to me that some of you signed up thinking “how hard could watching movies be?”. The truth is that it isn’thard to watch movies purely for pleasure. Watching films for substantive content andfurther analysis is a much different task. Do not be lulled into passively watching. Youshould be carefully thinking and taking notes during the film.
3. Prepare for class appropriately.
Read all of the required reading for each classbefore class. This will allow you to actively participate in discussions. This is a 3 credit, junior-level (300) course. As a general rule you should be prepared to spend
6hours outside of class each week doing your readings, studying, preparing assignments. This is the equivalent of 2 hours for every hour inside class and is a
4. Take notes on the readings.
Students who take clear and concise notes on eachreading not only retain and process more of the information, but also have a head-start oncreating study materials. On occasion I will let you refer to your text during a quiz. I canassure you that this will only be beneficial to you if you have read the material.
5. Hand in your written assignments on time.
Start early, write multiple drafts, andhand in quality work on time. Make use of the services of the Writing Center in BierceLibrary to assist you in your work.
6. See me if you are having any difficulty with the material.
We can talk through anyproblems or issues. Do not wait until the end of the semester to come talk about “what canI do so I don’t flunk your course”. That is too late (and the answer is probably, “nothing”).
7. Take advantage of any extra credit opportunities.
Extra credit may be offeredthroughout the semester at my discretion. These opportunities are offered to the entireclass and will not be available on an individual basis to those students desiring to improvetheir grade at the last minute. After all, if you can’t manage to keep up with the class andits requirements during the bulk of the term, it wouldn’t make sense for me to give you“extra” work at the end of the term.