Instructor: Karl Galinsky
Office Hrs.: TTh 1-2, 3:30-4
MOVIES (via Netflix, etc.):
3 quizzes: total 20%. 10% for each of the two highest scores; quiz with the lowest score is dropped.
3 exams: total 80%. 30% for each of the two highest scores; 20% for the exam with the lowest score.
No final (not enough time to grade essays).
Quizzes: 25 multiple choice questions.
Exams: 20 multiple choice questions for 40%, essay (choice of one out of two topics) for 60%.
Or: skip the MC and write on BOTH essays, but be sure to allocate your time 50/50.
Time allowed for exams: 60 minutes.
The quizzes and exams will be on the materials covered since the previous quiz/exam. We will have review sessions before each exam.
Plus/minus grading: see http://www.utexas.edu/provost/planning/plus-minus. Here is how it works in this class: 90-92 = A-; 93-100 = A.
80-82 = B-; 83-86 = B; 87-89 = B+. Same structure for C and D.
Since there is enough flex built into the grading system for this course no further dispensations (like additional work for credit, special pleadings [that disadvantage the other students], etc.) will be made. If you do poorly on one quiz, you can drop it. If you do poorly on one exam, that one will count less than the other two. And that's as far as we'll go.
MAKE-UP TESTS: Only in case of a demonstrated medical reason (physician's statement required).
INTERACTIVITY: despite the class size, we'll aim for as much as we can: Q&A's, discussions, group assignments. Plus I'll conduct the class from the aisles as well as from the stage.
I am readily accessible outside of class, but long emails are out. If you have detailed questions, come see me during office hours. Same goes for the TAs. I am also available to any study and review groups (see below) before each each exam.
HOW TO STUDY FOR THIS CLASS:
(1) Take good notes. That does not mean a verbatim transcript. In the lectures, I rephrase major points more than once, so you have adequate time to write them down. Also, I stop at various points during the lecture to take questions, so feel free to ask. As for general study techniques, taking notes, summarizing readings, etc.the Sanger Learning Center in Jester is an excellent resource. Highly recommended, as is the Writing Center in FAC. In addition, I'm available in person during office hours, and by e-mail. So are the TAs. We will not, however, offer a correspondence course. If you have detailed questions, see us during office hours. (2) Do the readings BEFORE the class in which they will be discussed and bring the texts to class. I will always alert you to this in advance. Mark up and highlight major points, facts, and examples in your readings. (3) Budget at least one hour a week to go over your lecture notes and your annotated/highlighted readings. Summarize them, synthesize them, and organize them. Memorize the major names, dates, facts, and connections. This will make your reviewing for the exams a lot easier as you can't intelligently digest a month's material a day or so before the exam. (4) Form a study group. You still have to do most of the work on your own, but it helps to have the input from more than one person especially in reviewing before a test. Take advantage of the SI (Supplementary Instruction) section conducted by Matt Sibley. (5) Take the first exam seriously. Do not try to see whether I mean business. I do. (6) When you see me or the TAs with any concerns about your performance, be sure to bring in your lecture notes, your highlighted/annotated texts, and your summaries (along with your tests). That will enable us to give you concrete and specific advice. (7) Usually from the evening of the day before the lecture, the outline will be available on the course webpage, listed at the top. The outlines are being revised lecture by lecture, so always check on the current date.
MORE UT POLICY STUFF:
POLICY ON ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: I won't tolerate it in any shape or manner. It's
grossly unfair to the other students and I'll pursue it to the max. Don't mess with me or
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request
appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with
disabilities. For more information, contact SSD at 471-6259, or go to http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/
Note: students must present a UT "accommodation letter" authorizing specific accommodations.
RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS: I follow stated UT policies: http://www.utexas.edu/provost/policies/religious_holidays/
If you are worried about the way someone is acting, you may use the Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL) to discuss your concerns by phone. The service is provided through partnership among the Office of the Dean of Students, the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC), the Employer Assistance Program, and the University of Texas Police Department (UTPD). Call 512-232-5050 or visit www.utexas.edu/safety/bcal/