Class Participation: 10%
Attendance is expected in this course and is calculated as part of the participation grade. Any absence in excess of two classes for non-College sponsored activities will incur a five- point deduction in the participation grade for each absence beyond two class periods. Please see me to discuss foreseeable exceptions or immediately following any emergencies. College policy is that anyone who misses 25% or more of class will earn an F in the course. Participation is graded on the frequency of relevant discussion on course materials, attendance and group activities that occur during class.
Pair Presentations: 10%
During the second week of class, students will choose one article to present to the class during the semester (usually on Thursday). Students will present the article in pairs. The selection process is not democratic so be sure to have more than one presentation article in mind. This sample presentation is simply a template so please be sure to also look at the guidelines for the presentation. Powerpoints and other visual presentations are often unnecessary, but use them if you like. You may follow whatever format you like, so far as you meet the criteria listed in the guidelines. Once selected, presentation dates cannot be changed, so please check your schedules before choosing your article. Student should always be prepared for their presentation on the day in which they are due. Students should submit presentations to me via email (email@example.com) by 8 pm the day before they are scheduled to present. Presentation grades are based on three criteria: the clarity of the oral presentation given by the pair, how well your written work addresses the various components of the guidelines, and the critical quality of the discussion questions.
Midterm Review: 25%
The midterm will be an in-class exam. Well before the exam date, as a class, we will discuss the format for the review that best fits the culture of our class.
Reading Quizzes: 30%
There are short answer quizzes (4-5 questions) at intermittent (unannounced) periods during the semester. These quizzes assess your understanding of key concepts from the reading and will begin the second week of classes. Quizzes are at the start of class and should take no more than ten minutes of class time. At the end of the semester, your lowest quiz grade is dropped. No make-up quizzes will be given for unexcused absences or late arrivals, so please do not ask.
Visual Autoethnography: 25%
One of the challenges anthropologists face is questions of power and the representation of self in ethnographic writing. In this project, students will produce a visual autoethnography of themselves using images. Autoethnography is a research approach that systematically analyzes personal experiences in order to understand cultural experiences. Students will use 7-10 (current) images to evaluate their personhood and then apply materials from the course to the photographs in order to synthesize how these images tells a story about a person as well as a representative of a culture. There will be ongoing discussions about this project throughout the semester.
Davidson College values the diversity of its community and is an equal access institution that admits otherwise qualified applicants without regard to disability. The college seeks to accommodate requests for accommodations related to disability that are determined to be reasonable and do not compromise the integrity of a program or curriculum. To make such a request or to begin a conversation about a possible request, please contact Beth Bleil, Director of Academic Access and Disability Resources, in the Center for Teaching and Learning by visiting her office in the E.H. Little Library, by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 704-894-2129. It is best to submit accommodation requests within the drop/add period; however, requests can be made at any time in the semester. Please keep in mind that accommodations are not retroactive.
Every student shall be honor bound to refrain from cheating (including plagiarism). Every student shall be honor bound to refrain from stealing. Every student shall be honor bound to refrain from lying about College business. Every student shall be honor bound to report immediately all violations of the Honor Code of which the student has first-hand knowledge; failure to do so shall be a violation of the Honor Code. If you have concerns about plagiarism, and what constitutes plagiarism, please speak with me about them. The Dean of Students office will be contacted regarding all Honor Code violations.