UNIVERSITY HONORS LEGACY SEMINAR
Exploring the Roots of War
Section 005: MW 9:00 - 10:15 am / SHC #16
Section 009: MW 1:00 - 2:15 pm/ SHC #9
Instructor: Michael Thomas PhD.Office: SHC #2-E
Office hours: MW - 11:00-1:00, 3:00-4:00 and arranged
Phone: 277-4211(Honors) 573-1656 (Cell)
How to address me (the instructor) This issue often creates anxiety for students. When asked the question I generally quote Bob Dylan:
"You can call me Terry, you can call me Timmy You can call me Bobby, you can call me Zimmy You can call me R.J., you can call me Ray You can call me anything, no matter what you say, You're gonna have to serve somebody..." This is fun for me but not very helpful for nervous students. So...probably the best way to address me is "Dr. Thomas" or "Dr. T." As the class becomes more intimate, "Mike" will do.
- Homer, The Iliad (Lombardo Trans)
- Chris Hedges, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
- Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, On Killing
- James Hillman, A Terrible Love of War
- William Strunk and E.B. White,Elements of Style
- Robert Gardener - DEAD BIRDS
- Errol Morris, THE FOG OF WAR - Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert McNamera
- BBC - The My Lai Audio Files
- War Ballads Collection
EMPHASIS: The class is a reading/discussion class. Objectives of the class include development of the following skills: 1) Writing, 2) Leadership and facilitative behavior in groups, 3) Reflective thinking, 4) Global thinking, 5) Critical Thinking. 6) Professionalism
ACTIVITIES: The class will consist of discussions, occasional instructor "lecturettes, and several media presentations (films, audio programs)." All students are expected to participate in all activities, including discussions.
REQUIREMENTS/GRADES: Grades are based on evaluations of Six one page reaction papers (5 x 5= 25 points), a five page essay (15 points), a 1-2 page research project proposal (5 points), a six page research paper (15 points) In-class research presentation (10 points), attendance at three lectures or similar events (10 points - all or none), plus an assessment of participation (20 points).
A: 88-100, Cr: 65-87, Ncr: 64 or less.
ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION: This is a discussion class. Students are expected to attend all sessions (arriving in a timely manner) and to participate in the discussions, showing decorum and courtesy. When a student fails to participate in discussion or creates a breach of decorum and courtesy, that student will lose participation points If it is evident that a given student has not completed the relevant reading or listening assignment, that student will lose participation points. Students who miss class for any reason will lose participation points. A student who does not attend a particular session cannot contribute to the discourse. This is true whether the student is ill, grieving, or acting on a whim. There is no way to "make up" for missed classes and no way for students who are not present to participate. Students will, therefore lose 2 points per absence. If a student misses more than six times, I will use the instructor drop option. Again, an absence is an absence. I will assume that any student unfortunate enough to miss class has a good reason. (Although students cannot makeup missed classes, extra credit opportunities will allow students to bolster their point totals or recoup, to some extent, points lost to missed classes or low scores on assignments.)
LATE WORK: Work may be turned in late. Late work will be penalized one point for every day late by the calendar. Note that I (the instructor) make every effort to turn work around in a timely manner. I will grade and return most work on the next class day after the due date. Late work obviously creates a disruption in the grading schedule. Late papers may languish for days or even weeks ungraded until I find a convenient time to do this out of synch grading.
READING/ACTIVITY SCHEDULE (to be revised as needed):
- Dead Birds (film) Week 1,2
- Homer selections: Week 3, 4
- Hedges: Weeks 5, 6, 7
- Grossman selections: Week 7, 8, 10
- My Lai Audiotapes Week 9
- Fog of War (film) Week 11
- Hillman: Week 12, 13, 14
Reaction papers will usually be due on the second day that we discuss a given assignment. Students can hand in an extra reaction paper (beyond the required six) for extra credit.
On successful completion of this seminar, students should, in assigned papers and presentations, be able to:
- Critically examine assigned primary works on war within their interdisciplinary, cultural, and historical contexts.
- Situate and explain the methods, approaches, and significant content of key figures, works, and movements in the humanities
- Compare works from various interdisciplinary perspectives, cultural traditions, and historical eras in terms of genre, style, content or theme
- Recognize and evaluate how some key works in the humanities reflect historical, national, cultural, ethnic, and gender differences, even as they invoke shared human experiences that may relate to readers and the world today;
- Construct persuasive arguments and increase writing proficiency through analytical essays characterized by original and insightful theses, supported by logically integrated and sound subordinate ideas, appropriate and pertinent evidence, and good sentence structure, diction, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
- Increase their capablilities in collaborating effectively with others.
- End the seminar with a more profound understanding of the existence and impact of war in human society.
1) All Legacy students are required to attend three lectures. The UHC sponsors a number of lectures that will meet this requirement. These include, the Carruthers Chair Lecture, The UHC Renowned Scholar Lecture, A UHC Faculty on Campus Lecture, and lectures for other UHC seminars that are open to the public. UHP will sponsor at least three lectures each semester. There are, of course, lecture programs in other UNM departments and in the community at large. Students may use any UHP sponsored lecture to meet this requirement. Ask the instructors about other lectures or events like dramatic performances, poetry readings, showings of topical films, etc. that may meet this requirement. To complete this assignment, students must turn in a one page reaction paper. These papers will not be graded. Students in this seminar will earn ten points for attending three lectures. These are "all or nothing" points. Students attending one or two lectures will earn no points. Students can earn .5 -1.5 extra credit points for lectures or sanctioned event they attends beyond the three required.
2) We will be addressing all seminar e-mail to UNM addresses. Please use your UNM account and/or the wiki in communicating with us and your fellow class members. We will NOT be sending e-mail postings to gmail, yahoo, msn, aol, hotmail, or any other e-mail address, so see that your UNM mail is forwarded if you use one of these as your primary e-mailer. It is your responsibility to pick up messages that we post to your UNM address.
3) Students are signed up as members of the UHC listserve. They should check all listserve messages.
4) Read the Assignment Guidelines for reaction papers, essays, presentations and research papers. Every year I am amazed to find students making errors and losing points because they do assignments without reading the assignment guidelines. All professional writing involves guidelines. Editors encountering submissions that do not follow the pertinent guidelines do not read them.
Statements of Policy and Procedures Common to All Honors College Classes
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