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HNRS 301: Global Engagement: South Africa Spring 2011

Professor Anne-Marie Mallon Office: Parker 313 Phone: 358-2689; or on campus 8-2689 E-mail: amallon@keene.edu Office Hours: Tuesday 4:00-5:30 Wednesday 2:00-3:00 Or by appointment

Professor Nancy Lory Office: Rhodes 148 Phone: 358-2310; or on campus 8-2310 E-mail: nlory@keene.edu Office Hours: Monday, 1:00-2:00 Thursday 2:00-3:00 Or by appointment

Course Description In this interdisciplinary course--and during our travel to South Africa—students will explore a country that has been called a “miracle under (de)construction” through the lens of art, literature, history, politics, media, education and public policy. Throughout the spring semester, we will read, view, discuss and research works representative of this new democracy’s past, present and future. By examining and contextualizing the history of this amazing nation, students will develop a global perspective on issues, problems and events that engage our world today and that will shape their identity as citizens tomorrow. General Course Outcom es The Honors Global Engagement course expects that students will be able to: 1) Analyze the assumptions and actions of society from multiple perspectives 2) Demonstrate knowledge about cultures, societies, religious worldviews and/or political/economic systems outside of the US context 3) Critically examine their own cultural perspectives and privileges in response to their learning and living experience outside the United States Readings  Mathabane, M. (1986). Kaffir Boy. New York: Free Press.  Thompson, L. (2000). A History of South Africa. New Haven: Yale University Press  Ramphele, M. (2008). Laying Ghosts to Rest: Dilemmas of the Transformation in South Africa. Cape Town, SA: Tafelberg.  Wicomb, Z. (1987). You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town. New York: Feminist Press.  Excerpts from: Dower, N. & Williams, J. (2002). Global Citizenship: A Critical Introduction. New York: Routledge  Other required handouts and links on Blackboard

Assignments/Grading/Expectations Discussion Board/Participation (25 points) Questions will be posted on Blackboard that give you an opportunity to reflect and analyze your thinking in response to readings, movies, and discussions that we have in class. We will be using your ideas as the beginning and much of the substance of our class discussion, so it will be necessary for you to post them on-time. Journal (20 points) As you know, you have started your journal already with what you already know about South Africa and where your curiosity takes you. Your journal is the place where you document your reflections on the work that you are doing, the questions that you continue to raise, ideas for your projects, etc. This same journal will accompany you to South Africa where we will set aside time for writing and reflection. Essays (25 points) Two essays will be assigned, one for the first half of the semester (10 points) and one for the second half (15 points). Discussion Leader (10 points) While we expect contributions to discussions throughout the semester, we will also give each student the chance to lead at least two discussions in response to a reading or a movie. The preparation for this will involve creating questions that can prompt group discussion, finding key passages/scenes that connect with course concepts and ideas. Travel Project (20 points) Before our trip, we will ask for a proposal for a project that can take a variety of forms including multimedia and technology. The purpose of the project is for you to document a deep understanding of how the trip connects with the spring course. During the trip, you will collect the information that you need and then submit it upon our return. Post-Trip Public Presentations As an honors student, you will be required to present your project in a public forum. Some of the possible venues include: The Academic Excellence Conference, Campus Commission on Multiculturalism & Diversity events, and the GEO International Education events. Resources & Policies For most students, the following set of policies does not need to be explained; they should be obvious and already part of your repertoire of behaviors and choices. However, these explicit policies clarify and document important expectations. What Is Expected Of Students? We meet twice a week; your active presence counts. Two absences are excusable (we know that weather, illness, family issues, etc. happen); beyond two absences and your final grade is affected; if you miss five or more classes (including, not beyond, the “excused” absences), you cannot pass this course, whatever the reasons for the absences, since you will have missed a significant amount of class work. Regarding class time: Arriving late once or twice is excusable; arriving late more often is a problem, and your final grade will be seriously affected if the problem continues. Leaving early

brings the same consequences. To benefit fully from discussion, plan to stay in class for the entire class period; interruptions are disruptive to all of us. (We will take a 3 minute break during class.) Please turn off your cell phones when you enter the class and put them away. Feel free to bring your beverage of choice; don’t bring food or noisy candy. What else do you need to bring to class? Curiosity. Openness. Willingness to be challenged. Intellectual risk taking. Engagement. Professionalism. High standards for yourself. Contributions that foster a comfortable and effective learning community for all students. Practically, bring your journal and notebook for handouts and your assignments. Bring your textbooks to class on the assigned reading day. We expect all work on the due date. Please be sure that all written work is printed ahead of time so that you can avoid printer issues and all assignments are ready to be submitted during class. Statement On Academic Honesty Academic honesty is taking full responsibility for your course work and for your intellectual and educational development. Academic honesty extends to every aspect of course work. It requires proper conduct in class, accepting assignments and carrying them out to the best of your ability, and always being truthful about every aspect of your course work, research, and homework. Academic dishonesty is the violation of the principles of academic integrity. Academic dishonesty may include any of the following in this course: copying class assignments from current or past students, cheating on exams, or plagiarizing any part of writing assignments. When writing your research project, please review criteria on what constitutes plagiarism and including citations in your work. It is your responsibility to understand how plagiarism applies to your writing. Lack of awareness is not an acceptable excuse. Nor is any amount of stress or work overload an excuse for academic dishonesty. There will always be deadlines, stress, and not enough time as a student or a professional. Make good choices! The full KSC Policy on Academic Honesty can be found on this web link: http://www.keene.edu/policy/academichonesty.cfm Communicating With Professors You may contact us by phone or e-mail. When you leave a message, give your full name and the course name. When you state your phone number, please say it slowly so that we can hear it correctly. We usually respond to e-mails within a day or two and welcome communication. Please do not use it to ask what you missed in class if you are absent. You will need to come to one of our offices during office hours for that type of information. We suggest that you find another student in the class with whom you can communicate if you are absent. E-mail communications are an opportunity for you to develop professional writing skills. Please use full sentences and avoid “Text Language.” Start your message with a formal greeting, such as “Dear Dr. Mallon” or “ Dear Dr. Lory.” Blackboard (Bb) Blackboard is the KSC web resource for courses you are taking. We will be using it to post announcements, copies of course handouts and readings, copies of assignments, and links to websites of interest. We will occasionally send e-mails to you through the Bb system. You will need to check the website often and your kscmailcruiser.com e-mail account to keep yourself upto-date on course information.

Accommodations For Students With Disabilities Students with documented disabilities who may need classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment with Jane Warner in the Office of Disability Services (x2353). It is up to you to let us know what you need; unlike public schools, professors do not have your past records or information about your disabilities. Please meet with one of us during office hours so that we can collaborate with the Office of Disability Services to provide the appropriate accommodations and supports to assist you in meeting the goals of the course. Class cancellation We will send you an e-mail if class needs to be cancelled for any reason that includes weather or unforeseen emergencies. Any work due on a cancelled class day may be handed in at the next class meeting, unless the assignment is due on Bb—in which case, weather problems will not affect the ability to continue the conversation. Of course, we will all follow the college’s inclement weather policy regarding curtailed operations that are posted on www.keene.edu. Skills Development In addition to the course concepts, information, and perspectives, you can expect to continue your important academic development of skills in the areas of: Reading You will demonstrate the ability to:  identify contextual issues (author, author’s background/disciplinary expertise, date of publication, etc.)  read with an awareness of purpose  ask questions that lead to greater understanding of material  select information relevant to a purpose  identify key points  articulate the value to you of the reading Critical Dialogue Both speakers and listeners play active roles in dialogue. The following are expectations for each. Speaking: As a speaker, you will demonstrate the ability to:  do the work that needs to be done to present (read, conduct research for your facilitated discussion and presentations)  organize (an introduction, key points, a conclusion) what you wish to convey  clearly articulate your thoughts/ideas  avoid “fillers” (uh, you know, like) when conveying thoughts/ideas  respectfully engage the listener (verbal and nonverbal behaviors)  meet allotted time guidelines  project your voice so all can hear  use language appropriate for the audience or other discussion participants Listening: As a listener you will demonstrate the ability to:  actively listen in order to avoid disengagement with the speaker  maintain focus on the content of the presentation, regardless of the speaker’s style of delivery  listen objectively  recognize emotional involvement while listening

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formulate thoughtful questions based on conversations and presentations make notes regarding key points in order to question or respond effectively

Writing You will demonstrate the ability to:  develop and support two or more perspectives in creating your project  create an original, solid and substantial discussion of those perspectives  use revision effectively as part of the writing process  use grammar and organization to effectively communicate ideas Critical Thinking You will demonstrate the ability to:  approach the issues of our topic with multiple perspectives  use credible evidence to support or refute the perspectives you are addressing