Discussion of timely topics
We do a lot of small group work in Anth/Soc, as we expect our students to be pretty facile at working and communicating in a variety of social and work settings.
Hence part of your participation grade will involve discussion groups, occurring on Fridays of weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. I will assign a separate group of readings (generally pretty short), which can be found in the readings schedule page (under ‘Friday Discussion’). You will need to read these ahead of time, and write an ‘abstract’—a brief summary and analysis, 250 words should be sufficient (about a page typewritten, double-spaced)—of the readings to bring to class on the day of discussion. In class groups will be given a set of 4-5 questions to which they’ll respond. Discussions will be on topical issues—nuclear power, tourism, plastic, carbon footprints, etc. The last discussion will be designed to prepare for the final exam. Each discussion is worth 18 points—5 points possible for turning in a thoughtful abstract, 13 possible for the group responses to the questions in class.
For full credit on the abstract, you’ll need to:
- Demonstrate you’ve done each of the assigned readings (through a very brief summary);
- Demonstrate you got something out of the readings (the abstract should end with some analysis on your part—what did you get out of the readings?)
Making up small group discussions
You can make up one of these (out of four—possibility of a second make-up on a case-by-case basis). The make-up requires you to do what you would have done had you attended: First, you need to do an abstract (summary and analysis) of the readings. Second, I will post the questions the groups responded to on the course website (in the readings schedule page).
90 points are possible for the small groups.