Mon. and Wed. from 1:00-2:20
Significant changes are taking place in American society and culture as the economic base continues the shift from the production of goods to consumption of goods, as well as to the consumption images and information. This is an excellent time to take a course on this topic, given the current state of our economy. I am concerned and curious about consumerism, including credit and debt, my own and that of our culture. Like you, I am a consumer. I too am barraged with advertising messages telling me to buy and consume (clothes, travel, food, entertainment, housing, pharmaceuticals, perfumes, etc. etc.)!!! I am so excited about this course and this material too.
You will have two grades:
Your first grade is comprised of 10 pop quizzes to equal one test grade. I will actually give 11 or 12 quizzes, but will drop the lowest one or two, depending on how many are given over 10. Each quiz will be worth 10 points. Ten quizzes, each worth 10 points, equals 100 points (Grade 1)
This is comprised of a Journal that will be turned in 3 times for grading (The dates for turning the Journals in are in bold). This is worth 40 points (20 points for the first journal assignment and 10 points for each of the other two). If it isn’t turned in at the beginning of class, you will be docked half of the points for that assignment automatically. If it doesn’t have the required assignments “thoroughly” completed, you will also lose half of the points automatically. By “thoroughly” I mean that I want some depth and real thought in your responses. If you turn a journal assignment in not completed (with questions unanswered), you will earn a zero for that journal. You have the listed required journal assignments, but you may also choose to record other observations or thoughts related to your increasing awareness of consumer issues.
You will also have two additional writing assignments that will also be worth 30 points each (60 points total for the writing assignments). If the writing assignments are not turned in in at the beginning of the class period that they are due, you will be docked 10 points. I will not accept papers after the day they are due. You will be required to have *emailed* the paper to me *prior* to coming to class as well.
“Possible” additional Bonus Points: Bring your journal to class each day. In addition to turning your journal in 3 times during the semester, I will randomly check to see that your journal is current, if it is then you can earn a point each time that I check.
See expectations for grading standards.
No late papers accepted
You’ll find a high correlation between attendance and class grade! You will NOT do well if you do not come to class. This will be clear when you understand how grades are earned.
I may drop a student for excessive absences at my discretion, and I will. You will receive 5 bonus points if you do not miss more than 2 classes, for *whatever* reason, including even excused absences