Paper on Toulmin Method

Logical Fallacies

Paper on The Panama Papers

Paper on The Age of Greed by Jeffrey Madrick

Paper on What Money Can't Buy by Michael Sandel

Paper on Were You Born On the Wrong Continent? by Thomas Geoghegan

Final


Wunderkammer


Extra Credit


Grades 4:00 - 5:20 (19203) 5:30 - 6:50 (17224)

Homework Grade 1:30 - 2:50 (19203)

Total Grade 1:30- 2:50 (19203)

Homework Grade 1:30 - 2:50 (17224)

Total Grade 1:30- 2:50 (17224)


English 302 Advanced English Composition

Tim Kahl (916) 714-5401 (Please no calls after 9:30 PM) alias Victor Schnickelfritz Tuesday, Thursday
e-mail: tnklbnny@comcast.net Room: STS 215 [19203] BUS 145 [17224]

Required Texts:

Highly Recommended:

Course Objectivus:

Attendance Policy: There are 35 days we are scheduled to meet. Please be present for all of them. Any absence will greatly affect your ability to meet the requirements of the course. Absences and/or early departures in excess of 5 class periods may result in my dropping you from the course. Attendance will be noted and taken into consideration concerning borderline grades when the final grade is given. Remember: You're paying for the time whether you come or not.

Electronic Submissions: You may choose to submit any and or all of your work via electronic submissions. You may submit:

Workshop Days: All students must have rough drafts available on the designated due dates or sacrifice 10% of the total grade for that paper.

Revision Policy: One of the four out-of class papers may be turned in for revision. This paper must be below a 90 % to be eligible for revision.

Due Dates: All assignments are due on the dates given (unless otherwise notified).

Late assignments: Late assignments will be assessed a 10% penalty per late class session.

{Electronic submissions will be considered late if they are received after the end of the class period. Some leeway may be given for first-time offenders and for technical problems, but the discretion will be mine. [Note: most students choose to e-mail assignments the night before they are due.]}

New Late assignments policy: You will have one week after the due date to turn in late work. After this point, the late work will not be accepted. Exceptions to this rule will be granted only if your have received prior OK from me due to some extenuating circumstances which would not let you complete the work.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is pretending that someone else's ideas or writing is your own. Intentional failure to cite source material will be dealt with quickly and severely. The usual result for plagiarizing will be a grade of 0 on the assignment with no make up possible. If this should occur on one of the major papers in class, this is virtually equivalent to a failing grade in the class.

Course Objectives:

On Motivation

Attendance Policy: There are 35 days we are scheduled to meet. Please be present for all of them. Any absence will greatly affect your ability to meet the requirements of the course. Absences and/or early departures in excess of 5 class periods may result in my dropping you from the course. Attendance will be noted and taken into consideration concerning borderline grades when the final grade is given. [Remember: You're paying for the time whether you come or not.]

Help with PeopleSoft: Help is available at B153 for students having difficulty with Peoplesoft so that they can access their student records.

Grading Scale:

  87%-89% B+ 77%-79% C+ 67%-69% D+ Below 60% F
92%-100% A 83%-86% B 74%-76% C 63%-66% D  
90%-91% A- 80%-83% B- 70%-73% C- 60%-62% D-  

 

 

 

Criterion For Grades On Written Assignments:

A work requires a compliance with the guidelines and the stated purpose of the assignment. Content is clear and balanced. There are no tangled sentences. A varied length of sentences is present and correct sentence structure is used. The pattern of development is clear and apparent and demonstrates forethought regarding the desired effect upon the reader. The styleand tone are appropriate to the topic and audience. There may be an occasional mistake in mechanics. The topic of the paper should aim to be fresh and original and should attempt to stretch the academic horizons of the writer.
B work requires a compliance with the guidelines and the stated purpose of the assignment. Content is generally clear and balanced, but there may be some instances in which there are some confusing or awkward sentences, though these do not detract from the overall effect of the paper. A somewhat limited variety of sentences may exist, but the sentence structure is generally correct. The pattern of development is apparent, but may deviate at times. The style and tone of the paper are generally appropriate to the topic and audience. There are relatively few mistakes in mechanics. The topic may not demonstrate any original thinking or particularly or novel approach to the assignment.
C work requires a fair amount of compliance with the guidelines and the stated purpose of the assignment, but may miss the stated objectives to some degree. Content is generally clear and balanced, but there may be several points where the sentence structure becomes jumbled and confused and this interferes with the flow of the paper. A limited variety of sentences is readily apparent. The pattern of development may be vague and unclear, but there is more than a semblance of formal constraint apparent. The style and tone may be somewhat varied and inappropriate for both the topic (misnomers) and the perceived audience. The topic does not demonstrate any novel approach to the given assignment. There are a distracting number of mistakes in mechanics.
D work demonstrates a minimal amount of compliance with the guidelines and the stated purpose of the assignment. Content is unclear and unbalanced and there may be a significant amount of jumbled and confused sentences. The pattern of development is unapparent and it demonstrates a lack of forethought on the part of the writer. The style and tone of the paper are wildly varied and inappropriate for both the topic and the perceived audience. The topic does not demonstrate any novel approach to the given assignment. There are an overwhelming number of mistakes in mechanics. In general, the paper demonstrates a hurried and haphazard approach devoid of any forethought (i.e. the paper that is written the night before).
F work demonstrates a minimal amount of compliance with the guidelines and the stated purpose of the assignment. Any work deemed to be completely unsatisfactory with regard to content, pattern of development, style, tone, topic, or mechanics. A paper in this category demonstrates an absolute minimum of effort.

Scoring

Panama Papers Paper [1200 words] 100 Points
The Age of Greed Paper [1500 words] 200 Points
What Money Can't Buy Paper [1000 words] 100 Points
Wrong Continent Paper [1000 words] 100 points
Homework Assignments/quizzes 200 points
Final 50 Points
   

 

Total 750 points

Schedule of Events

Note: This schedule reflects work that will be discussed in class on the date given. Students should be prepared to discuss the items listed for that day.

Week 1

Tues. January 16

Introductions and Syllabus

Thurs. January 18

Discussion of paper on the Toulmin Method; Discussion of logical fallacies

 

Week 2

Tues. January 23 Read Panama Papers (pg. 1-86) Study questions #1 due
Thurs. January 25 Read Panama Papers (pg. 87-175) Study questions #2

 

Week 3

Tues. January 30 Read Panama Papers (pg. 87-175) Study questions #2 due
Thurs. February 1 Read Panama Papers (pg. 176-243) Study questions #3 due

 

Week 4

Tues. February 6

Read Panama Papers (pg. 244-344) Study questions #4 due

Thurs. February 8

Rough Drafts for Panama Papers paper due. Discussion of student papers on web site.

Whole Class critique of Panama Papers paper. Continued discussion of student papers.

 

Week 5

Tues. February 13

Rough Drafts for Panama Papers paper due. Discussion of student papers on web site.

Whole Class critique of Panama Papers paper. Continued discussion of student papers.

Thurs. February 15

Read The Age of Greed part 1 (pg. 3-52)

Questions #1 due

Final Draft of Panama Papers due

 

Week 6

Tues. February 20

Read The Age of Greed part 2 (pg. 52-96)

Questions/Summary #2 due.

Thurs. February 22

Read The Age of Greed part 3 (pg. 96-144)

Questions/Summary #3 due

Research Day. Talk about options for paper.

 

Week 7

Tues. February 27

Read The Age of Greed part 4 (pg. 144-179)

Summary/Questions #4 due.

Research Day. Talk about options for paper.

Thurs. March 1

Read The Age of Greed part 4 (pg. 144-179)

Summary/Questions #4 due.

Research Day. Talk about options for paper.

 

Week 8

Tues. March 6

Research Day. Talk about options for paper.

Thurs. March 8

Rough draft for The Age of Greed Paper due. Discussion of posted student papers.

Whole Class Critique (Peer Review and Discussion)

 

Week 9

Tues. March 13

Rough draft for The Age of Greed Paper due. Discussion of posted student papers.

Whole Class Critique (Peer Review and Discussion)

Thurs. March 15

Read What Money Can't Buy part 1 (pg. 3-41) continued

Summary/Questions #1 due.

 

Week 10

Tues. March 20

Read What Money Can't Buy part 2 (pg. 43-91) continued

Thurs. March 22

Summary/Questions #2 due.

 

Week 11

Tues. March 27

Spring Break

Thurs. March 29

Spring Break

 

Week 12

Tues. April 3

Read What Money Can't Buy part 3 (pg. 93-162) continued

Summary/Questions #3 due.

Final Draft of Age of Greed Paper due

Thurs. April 5

Read What Money Can't Buy part 4 (pg. 163-203) continued

Summary/Questions #4 due.

 

Week 13

Tues. April 10

Rough draft for What Money Can't Buy Paper due. Discussion of posted student papers.

Whole Class Critique (Peer Review and Discussion)

Thurs. April 12

[Last Day to Withdraw—Nov. 14]

Rough draft for What Money Can't Buy Paper due. Discussion of posted student papers.

Whole Class Critique (Peer Review and Discussion)

 

Week 14

Tues. April 17

Rough draft for What Money Can't Buy Paper due. Discussion of posted student papers.

Whole Class Critique (Peer Review and Discussion)

Thurs. April 19

Final Draft of What Money Can't Buy Paper due

Read Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?

Part I Which Side of Paradise (pg. 3-153)

 

Week 15

Tues. April 24

Read Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?

Part I Which Side of Paradise (pg. 3-153)

Study Questions #1 due

Thurs. April 26

Read Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?

Part II Berlin Diary (pg. 153-269)

Study Questions #2

 

Week 16

Tues. May 1

Read Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?

Part II Berlin Diary (pg. 153-269)

Study Questions #2 due

Thurs. May 3

Rough draft for Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? Paper due.

Discussion of posted student papers.

Whole Class Critique (Peer Review and Discussion)

 

Tues. May 8

Rough draft for Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? Paper due.

Discussion of posted student papers.

Whole Class Critique (Peer Review and Discussion)

Thurs. May 10

Final Draft of Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? Paper due

Review for final. In-class writing prompt posted.

Discussion of timed in-class writing prompts.

 

Week 17

Finals: May 10 through May 16

Final: Tues May. 15 [5:45-7:45] (19203)

Final

Final: Tues May. 15 [5:45-7:45] (17224)