School and Society

Course Details

Course Number: 2013  Section Number: 170

Fall 2013

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 177

Days & Times:

Wednesdays 4:30-7:20 pm

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Angela Cartwright Lynskey   
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Course Objectives



  • Students will be able to explain and give examples of how changes in our country’s political economy and ideology have impacted public schools.
  • Each student will begin to build his/her personal educational philosophy, based on information from Aristotle to contemporary influences.
  • Students will be able to explain and give examples of instructional techniques effective with all learners.
  • Each student will be able to explain and give examples from the Texas Beginning Educator Support System (TxBESS).
  • Students will be able to explain and give examples from the Texas Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Professional Educators.
  • Students will promote learner centered instruction as preferable to teacher centered instruction.
  • Each student will “sell” the desirability of equity in the classroom.
  • Students will become salespersons for choices and differentiation assignments in the classroom.
  • When presented with current issues, students will encourage an analysis of both sides of the issue.

Grading Standards

3 observation reflections @ 10% each =30% (10% deduction each class period late)

Learning Philosophy Statement @ 15% (Completed)

Resume @ 5%

4 Current Events @ 20% (all must be submitted to receive a grade)

Classroom participation grade @ 20%

Reading Checks @ 10%

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance Policy


Consistent class participation is essential. Attendance will be taken at the start of every class. Upon three absences (for any reason) a student may be dropped from the course (see the Dean’s Student Alert form) or at the very least will definitely have a grade reduction. The point reduction in grade is as follows: 1 absence – no percentage reduction; 2 absences – 5 point reduction from final grade; 3 absences – 10 point reduction from final grade.  Being repeatedly late for class will also result in a grade reduction regardless of other marks. Any student who misses class (for any reason) remains responsible for contacting other students to obtain class notes, handouts, assignments, etc. 


If a student is absent (for any reason) on a date when a paper is due to be handed in, the student remains responsible to make arrangements to submit the paper on time.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.