You are responsible to attend all meetings of class. It will be extremely difficult to absorb the concepts and ideas without attending all of the lectures. This class is small and highly participatory, and for that reason I do not have any attendance policy except that if you have to miss 2 classes or more in a row or more than 2 classes total, please come discuss it with me so you can recover the lost material and get feedback to complete the final project.

Turning in work

This course involves short written assignments, homework, and a final paper building on the written assignments.

  • The short written assignments will be given at the beginning of class, and discussed immediately afterwards and collected. Since they are an in-class exercise, I will not accept late ones. They do contribute to your grade, so if you will miss class, please let me know in advance so I can email you the assignment and you will still get feedback. If an emergency arises, be sure to contact me as soon as possible.
  • Turning in (and doing) homework late is highly discouraged, but it will be accepted. Just like attendance, it will be very difficult to keep pace with the class if you are not keeping pace with the homework. If you turn in homework late, you will likely have a greater delay in getting the feedback.  Unfortunately, I cannot accept homework in the last 2 weeks of the semester as I will not have time to give you constructive feedback. Therefore, the last day you can turn in homework is November 26th.
  • The two tests will not be accepted late since we will be going over them the next day in class.
  • The final paper (a SQUIB) will be accepted until December 17th at 5pm. You have as many opportunities as you like to get feedback until then and can submit as many drafts as you care to do until that point. Due to the time bound nature of the semester (it’s an achievement – not an activity), I cannot accept late SQUIBS.

Academic Integrity

Stand on the shoulders of giants.

All students will uphold academic integrity and only engage in ethical intellectual conduct. This means students will not plagiarize, use fabricated data, present biased findings, or present opinions as fact.


  1. Copying word for word someone else’s work.
  2. Paraphrasing someone else’s ideas without giving credit to the original source (of the idea- not just the words).
    1. This includes sources taken from the internet. It is far better to cite webpages (including Wikipedia) and give credit where credit is due than to accidentally take someone else’s idea or summary.
    2. Not indicating which ideas are from someone else within the text. A list of sources at the end of a paper is not sufficient –readers cannot identify which ideas are the author’s and which ideas are from another source.
    3. Here: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/plagiarism/ is an excellent source for information about plagiarism.  Here: http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/student-affairs/documents/student-handbook-02.pdf is Lehman’s policy.

The best measure of a man’s honesty isn’t his income tax return. It’s the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.   –Arthur C. Clarke


Students will utilize the course website to download supplemental readings, videos and podcasts. There is a link to the course webpage on the blackboard site, but the course materials will not be hosted on blackboard. I mostly use the course website and email. Therefore, it is very important that I have an email address for you that you regularly use.

For technology needs, students have access to the library, which has a multimedia lab as well, where all of these materials can be listened to/watched.

If you are having trouble with technology on campus, please call the Help Desk at 718-960-1111 or visit them in Carman Hall.

Technology in the Classroom

If you are using your phone, laptop, ipad, etc. to take notes, look up things relevant to the course, make an ongoing list of Squib ideas, etc., I encourage you to bring your device. If it’ll be a distraction, I encourage you to leave it in your bag as there will be significant amounts of group work and building this theory together – so distractions are just that: a “drawing away of the mind,” from Latin distractionem (“the definition of distraction,” n.d.).

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