General Info and Office Hours to See Students
This course is taught by David Soren, Regents Professor of Anthropology and Classics and Adjunct Regents Professor of Art. His office hours in 314b Haury Anthropology Building (just west of Centennial Hall) are 10:10 to 11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays or else by appointment. The Preceptors and Graduate Assistants can also answer questions for you and meet with you at a wide variety of times. Graduate Assistants include the following and their office hour each week in 120 Anthropology (Haury Building) just west of Centennial Hall unless another room number is mentioned:
Sandra Bernal- firstname.lastname@example.org- Tuesdays 12-1 Environmental and Natural Resources Building (ENR2) Room N4-4G
Alexandra Spielhagen email@example.com Tuesday 11-12 Environmental and Natural Resources Building (ENR2) Room N4-4G
Lauren Oberlin firstname.lastname@example.org- Wednesdays 1-2 p.m. at the Learning Services Building Room 203 student pods.
Laurel Fricker email@example.com- Mondays 2-3 in Learning Services Building 203 pods.
Dunja Radojkovic firstname.lastname@example.org- Mondays 11-12 in 120 Haury Building (Anthropology)
Dr. David Soren - email@example.com - Wed 10:15-11:15 314b Haury
Preceptors who can also help you include:
Samantha Jane Mayers (firstname.lastname@example.org), Monday 12-1 PM, Haury 120
Katherine Ann Cabrera (email@example.com ), Tuesday 3-4 PM, Haury 120
Benjamin Turensky (firstname.lastname@example.org), Wednesday 2:30-3:30 PM, Haury 120
Maren Angela Bashor (email@example.com), Friday 2-3 PM, Haury 120
Dr. Soren will be available before and often also after class to visit with students in addition to the office hour. Dr. Soren is always very happy always to meet with students but his course load with 375 students this semester limits his time sharply. However, please come up and visit with him and his cocker spaniel Lana before or after class. His office Hours are as follows: Wednesdays from 10:05 to 11:15 a.m. in 314b Haury Building (Anthropology). Helper dogs or dogs with official certification are the only dogs permitted into the classroom.
There will be a midterm ON THURSDAY, MARCH 1st and a final examination will be held in class on the last day of regular classes on Tuesday, May 1st. You will have 6 ten minute quizzes based on readings assigned in the Reading Assignments section of this website. The quiz dates will be posted there. You MUST take 3 of the 6 offered quizzes during the semester because 3 quizzes will be added together to comprise 33% of your grade. No take-home exams are permitted nor is permitted the writing of a paper or any other form of extra credit to substitute for the taking of a quiz or examination or to improve your grade. We will count your 3 best quizzes and throw the other 3 away, unless they are outstanding quizzes and then they can be used for extra credit. You don't have to take all 6 quizzes but you must take 3 or it will severely affect your grade.
DRC students should contact Cheryl Muller at the DRC at her email firstname.lastname@example.org. A note taker will be asked for in class and provided through Ms. Muller. Special examination arrangements for qualified DRC students are provided by Ms. Muller.
The final examination is 34% of your grade, the midterm 33%, and the 3 best quizzes added together comprise 33%. For the midterm you will also have to write an essay which you must pass but for which you will not receive a grade other than pass or fail. If you do not pass you must meet with one of graduate students and discuss why you didn't pass and then retake the same essay. If you fail 3 times to pass the rewritten essay you will fail the course.
If you fail to take 3 quizzes you will have a grade of D or E for your quizzes averaged into your overall grade which can be disastrous for your final grade. You can follow your grade on D2L.
If your grade is in dispute at the end of the course, you must present all of your quizzes and examinations to Dr. Soren to make your case, so you are required to retain these quizzes and examinations in a safe place until the end of the course. If you do not pick up your tests on the day they are returned, we are not responsible for retaining them as we have hundreds of quizzes to contend with. Detailed records of quizzes taken are kept so claiming you have taken a quiz when you have not will not work or be accepted.
Makeup examinations may not be given for students who simply book flights for vacations, visit friends, attend marriages of friends or distant relatives, or decide to leave for home before the conclusion of the final examination or the midterm examination or quizzes. Saying that you've already booked your flight is no excuse for lack of completion of the course. If you know you are going to have a conflict which prevents your taking the midterm or final or a quiz, you must have it approved at the start of the semester or else drop the class. Attending affairs of family or friends, going on family vacations, and attending graduations of friends or relatives do NOT constitute acceptable excuses from the midterm or final. Claiming that you must book a cheaper flight at a certain time that conflicts with class tests is also not acceptable.
Students caught cheating will receive an E in the class. Further disciplinary action will also result which can lead to and has led to expulsion from school.. You are considered cheating IF you are observed on a phone or have any electronic equipment turned on while on your person during an examination. Text messaging during examinations for whatever reason constitutes cheating. For quizzes and examinations, all notes pertinent to the class MUST be completely covered up and put away. Having open or visible notes on your person or at your feet is considered cheating. Full hats must also be removed and visored caps rotated for the taking of quizzes and tests. Cheating has become almost epidemic at the university so that examples will be made of those caught and the Dean of Students will be informed.
Students are discouraged from buying into so-called "cheat sheet companies" which claim to provide answers for your upcoming tests. These are NOT affiliated with the university and the cheat sheets are often made by actual students in the class, some of whom are D students as we have observed from our own survey of these sites. Remember that we can access these sites also and will alter the questions they believe will be asked. Beware! We have also received reports of these sites transmitting viruses to your computer and selling your information to disreputable sources out to steal your personal data. Also, students caught using the D2L emails or university emails to set up their own business arrangements or to front for a cheat sheet company will receive an E for the course and be recommended for expulsion from school and university legal prosecution. Be forewarned for this has actually happened in past semesters. Read this carefully-- you may NOT use D2L or UA emails for commercial purposes or for your own gain and you may not use them to solicit academic help for yourself. They are not for this purpose.
- YOU SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THE UNIVERSITY IS CRACKING DOWN ON STUDENTS CREATING AND PURCHASING CHEAT SHEETS FROM NATIONAL AND LOCAL COMPANIES. IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN USING THE D2L SITE OR YOUR UA EMAIL FOR SELLING AND BUYING OF MATERIAL RELATED TO THIS COURSE YOU ARE IN VIOLATION OF NUMEROUS UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS AND WILL BE GIVEN A FAILING GRADE FOR THIS COURSE, AND POSSIBLY RECEIVE ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC SANCTIONS SUCH AS EXPULSION, AND BE SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL PROSECUTION BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA. IF YOU USE THE D2L OR COURSE EMAILS FOR ANY PROJECT THAT INVOLVES AN OUTSIDE BUSINESS OR YOUR OWN PERSONAL GAIN, YOU ARE SPECIFICALLY SUBJECT TO THE ABOVE PENALTIES AND THEY WILL BE IMPOSED.
There are no clickers to be purchased. Instead, there will be 25 names posted at the very beginning of the class and 25 names at the end of the class. When your name is presented at the beginning of the class you have until 9:35 a.m. to come up and present your UA Identification Card (Cat Card) and then sign in. Graduate students will be at the front of the room to sign you in. They will stop signing in students 5 minutes after the list is posted at the end of the class so you must come up right away. Therefore, make sure that you leave home to get to class on time and that you don't leave class early.
If you do not have absences you will receive 3 points added to your final class score so that if you have an 87 overall you will be pushed up to a 90 which is the beginning of our A grade category. However, each time you are caught absent you will lose 2 points off your final exam plus you will also lose the 3 point bonus. THIS CAN SERIOUSLY AFFECT YOUR FINAL GRADE EVEN IF YOU HAVE GOOD GRADES ON THE TESTS. If you know you must be absent and have a legitimate reason you must present documentation before the beginning of the class. Students caught absent multiple times will have considerable deductions made from their course point totals.
This class relies strongly on class material and failure to attend class causes serious problems for the student on examinations. Some student groups send "representatives" to the class to take notes and disseminate them later. This is a good way to fail the course-- you should attend yourself and get the material firsthand because this course emphasizes lecture material as well as reading.
Students are expected to behave respectfully and not create a disturbance in class. The class is large and we need your cooperation. Using computers for recreation, talking loudly and reading newspapers, doing crossword puzzles or reading books in class are considered disturbing and distracting and will not be permitted. Leaving class early is considered disturbing and repeated early leaving will result in dismissal from the course on the grounds of creating a chronic disturbance and piling up absences. Students who need to leave class early are requested to inform the graduate assistants before class. If you are creating a classroom disturbance, you will be given a gentle warning. The second offense will result in dismissal from the course and a report to the Dean of Students.
3 points will be added to your final exam score by having good attendance and not being caught absent. You will also get 3 MORE points added by doing the following required assignment. Select any video on the Internet that has content that reflects something we learned in class. Write down what you think is in that video that we discussed in class or you found in your readings for the class. It can be a rock video with Lady Gaga, or a Hitchcock movie such as Spellbound with designs by Salvador Dali, or a video by Canadian folksinger Loreena McKennitt, or anything you think will work. Then bring that video to one of our graduate assistants during their office hour and discuss your thoughts about it with them for 10 minutes. Then you must write 750 words approximately about your video and its connection to the class and turn it in to the graduate assistant along with the URL of your video or a copy of the video itself in an easy to access format. So find ANY appropriate video, short or long, pick a GAT and point out its parallels to some things you've learned in class, and you will receive 3 free points added to your final if you do a good job! This assignment is REQUIRED by the UA.
The 2 books for the course are available at the bookstore so look in the Classics or Art History sections. A cheaper price might be obtained by ordering the Vera-Ellen Soren book from email@example.com where they may offer a special price. It is not available as an e-book:
David Soren- Vera-Ellen: The Magic and the Mystery - all editions are suitable. This is available at the bookstores here or at a discount at MMarquee@aol.com where they usually make a special combo package of the 2 books for students. Ask about it. Neither of these last two books are available online but many used editions are circulating around the area..
David Soren- Art History, Popular Culture and the Cinema- (Kendall-Hunt Publishers, 2018). You can write to them and request an e-book or buy your book directly from them by asking for Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org right away. To order an ebook or to order directly from the publisher go to https://he.kendallhunt.com/product/art-history-popular-culture-and-cinema-1
COURSE OBJECTIVES AND DESIRED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course it is hoped you will have a better knowledge of a number of different cultures including ancient Greece and Rome as well as America, France and Germany over the centuries. Your proficiency in the class will be measured by the examinations, quizzes and term paper projects discussed above and using the formulas described. You will be asked to think critically on your essay exams, papers and conferences with our graduate assistants and to communicate effectively with our assistants orally and in your exams and essays. You must organize the information you will be given effectively and, thinking critically, answer the questions outlined for you in the textbook as the course progresses. Remember that you will have received 40% of your final grade by the 8th week of the class so it is important to get off to a good start. Note that this course is regularly available for Honors Credit.
ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Do not forget to incorporate up to date bibliography in your term paper for the course and this can include books, websites and films.
ACCESSIBILITY AND THE DRC
Students with any sort of special needs accepted by the university should notify the instructor immediately. Special testing accommodations are also available through our DRC representatives if you have qualified for this.
If there are website related problems, please e-mail immediately to one of our graduate assistants or preceptors. If no one tells us of a problem we can't fix it.
Disabled Students: Students with disabilities should contact the UA Disability Resource Center at 621-3268 and drc.arizona.edu or Cheryl Muller email@example.com for any special needs or accommodations.