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Dimensions of Culture ProgramSpring Quarter 2013
revised 3/30/13 http://marshall.ucsd.edu/doc

SYLLABUS
DOC 100D
Promises and Contradictions in U.S. Culture
Dr. Jeff Gagnon
MWF 11:00-11:50, Center Hall 218

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Course Description:

DOC 100D is designed to provide a broad overview of the histories of multiple communities and to explore the struggle for social justice in the United States. Topics include social movements, shifting ideas about "race" and gender, the rise of corporate power, and the transformation of higher education.

Required Texts:

◆ 2013 DOC 100D Reader – to be provided to students in class ◆ A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki (There will be several copies of this book on reserve at Geisel Library; photocopies may also be provided.) ◆ Handouts and Websites – to be provided by Dr. Gagnon ◆ University e-mail messages – Official communications from Dr. Gagnon and/or the DOC office will be sent to enrolled students’ @ucsd.edu e-mail addresses. Students are responsible for reading this information.

|Grading: |First |25% | | |Paper................................................................................| | | |...... | | | |Second |30% | | |Paper................................................................................| | | |. | | | |Midterm |25% | | |Exam............................................................................... | | | |Paper Pre-Writing and Reading Quizzes....................................... |10% | | |Participation and Attendance.........................................................|10% |

Class Protocol: You are expected to attend all classes and participate by listening and taking notes. You should arrive at class on time and not leave before the end of the session. (See attendance policy.) Laptop computers may be used for taking notes only. Any use of laptops or cell phones for emailing, texting, internet surfing, game-playing, Facebook, etc., will result in the student being asked to leave class. I reserve the right to ban laptops entirely if their use disrupts the class. Cell phones, iPods, etc., should always be turned off in class.

Attendance and Participation Policy: Attendance and participation are required at all class sessions. Attendance and participation contribute 10%, or one full letter grade, to your course grade. To earn credit for participation, come to lecture and section prepared, bring written questions or comments about the readings, listen to others, and show respect for people, ideas, and perspectives with which you may disagree. If you participate appropriately and actively in lecture and discussion sections, you will receive up to 5% for your participation grade. You may need to miss class due to an emergency or illness. If you are absent from class more than two times, for any reason, you will lose attendance points.

Writing Assignments: In DOC 100D, students will develop writing skills by analyzing cultural texts and connecting them to their historical contexts. Students will write two 5-6 page essays in which they analyze a primary text by isolating textual details and using the...
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