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CLAS 1110: Tyranny, Democracy, Empire: Classical Cultures
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(718) 951-5191 (Classics Department Number)
I use the D.A.T.E. scheduling system and have no less than seven open appointment slots every week, some weeks many more! To sign up for one, go to WebCentral –> E-Services –> Schedule an Appointment –> Select ‘CLASSICS’ from the dropdown menu of departments –> Select the most appropriate option from the drop down menu of types of appointments you need (choose your class section if it is listed!) –> update your preferred email and add a note about why you want to meet in the comments field –> select the appointment time that’s most convenient for you! IF THERE IS NO OPEN APPOINTMENT available in the next two weeks or none that fits your class and work schedule, email me with your FULL SCHEDULE for the next two weeks and I’ll find an alternate time for you.
Typically, appointments are the hour after class in our classroom – you must make an appointment! Drop-ins will have last priority given the size of this class.
There are other in person office hours on campus Tuesdays, Sept 12, Oct 17, Nov 13, and Dec 12 in 2407a Boylan. Other appointments are via video chat and are typically available Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10 and 10.30. When you make an appointment, I will send you a link to the video chat. No download or special equipment is needed. You may meet with me from any device including a phone that has a microphone and camera. You may however find it easiest to do so from a computer or laptop if you wish to have me see documents or so I can share documents easily with you.
CLAS 1110 Classical Cultures
3 hours; 3 credits
Introductory study of ancient cultures through close reading of a variety of texts; most sections will focus on Greece and Rome, but some may explore other classical traditions such as those of India, Mesopotamia or China. Attention to such questions as literary genre, material and performance contexts, gender, political institutions, religion, philosophy, models of culture and the creation of a classical tradition. Practice in close reading and communication by means of critical writing, class discussion and other methods, such as collaborative group work. (Not open to students who have completed Core Studies 1, 1.1, 1.2, or CORC 1110.) Prerequisite: None.
This course fulfills the World Cultures and Global Issues requirement of the Flexible Common Core of the CUNY Pathways General Education Requirements.
- to use with accuracy and precision basic terms of literary analysis relevant to the texts read in class, and to describe differences among the literary genres represented by the class readings.
- to read literary texts critically.
- to identify traditions and practices specific to ancient cultures and describe how they help shape the texts produced within those cultures.
- to identify traditions and practices which modern cultures borrow from Greece and Rome
- to write interpretive prose which is clear and cogent.
- to make articulate contributions to classroom discussion of texts.
Points of Information
Readings and class discussion will cover potentially sensitive topics including contemporary politics, sex, gender, violence, race and ethnic identity, and religion. Students will be expected to treat viewpoints different from their own with respect.
I reserve the right to ask you to leave the classroom if your behavior is distracting to the task of teaching and learning.
You are expected to put in twice the time out of this class as you do in this class. Thus, preparation for each class is expected to take 5 hours. That’s twice as long as you physically spend in class. This is college-wide policy. See p. 58 of the current Bulletin.
All readings will be posted on this class website. The password for all documents you download is distributed by email and in class. You must have a copy of the day’s readings with you in class. If you are using an electronic device, you must have downloaded the material ahead of time and have it open in an application that allows highlighting and note-taking. A phone is fine. You may find it easier to print the readings and take notes with pen(cil). See “Digital Matters” for recommendations on apps.
Graded Aspects of the Course
38% Writing Assignments
- 20% = 4% x Five Blog Posts of minimum 250 words each on Classics Topics
- 8% = 4% x Two Blog Posts for minimum 250 words each of topics that address BOTH Art and Classics
- 6% Post Field Trip Report (A TEAM ASSIGNMENT: ONE GRADE FOR ALL TEAM MEMBERS who participate)
- 4% Museum Report
20% Participation, evaluated based on documentation in the team folder. (2% every class, excluding midterm and field trip which are evaluated separately)
Participation grade make-up assignments will be given only for excused absences: religious observance, illness requiring a visit to a health clinic, death of close relative or friend, etc.
Remember: Brooklyn College has a FREE Health Clinic.
20% Midterm – multiple-choice (More Information!); You may bring in two pieces of 8 ½ by 11 inch paper. You must turn in these pieces of paper with your exam.
22% Final – multiple-choice; You may bring in two pieces of 8 ½ by 11 inch paper. You must turn in these pieces of paper with your exam.
Extra Credit Opportunities will appear throughout the semester. You may earn a total of 5 points towards your final grade. There will be more than 5 points available so you will have a choice of options.
I may curve or scale exam grades if my statistical analysis of the results suggests such measures are warranted. I do not curve or scale writing, participation or overall grades.
More on Teams
Teams are randomly assigned, not by me. You will work in teams every class; thus teams sit together. Your participation grades are still individual, but dependent on your contributions to your team.
Assignment Due Dates
Tuesday, September 5, 7pm – at least one blog post must be completed using prompts from Classes 1 or 2 AND you must have made substantive comments on at least two other blog posts.
Monday, September 11, 7pm – at least two blog posts must be completed using prompts from Classes 1, 2, or 3 AND you must have made substantive comments on at least four other blog posts. (These totals include the work you completed for the 9/5 deadline!)
Monday, September 18, 7pm – at least three blog posts must be completed using prompts from Classes 1, 2, 3, or 4 AND you must have made substantive comments on at least six other blog posts. (These totals include the work you completed for the 9/11 deadline!)
Monday, October 9, 7 pm– at least four blog posts must be completed using prompts from Classes 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 AND you must have made substantive comments on at least eight other blog posts. By this point at least one of your blog posts must have addressed both Art and Classics topics. (These totals include the work you completed for the 9/18 deadline!)
You will receive grades on blog writing submitted by 10/9 on 10/27. The score will be generated by the application of a rubric, and you will be given suggestions for improvement during the second half of the semester.
Monday, November 6, 7 pm – at least five blog posts must be completed using prompts from Classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 AND you must have made substantive comments on at least 10 other blog posts. (These totals include the work you completed for the 10/9 deadline!)
Monday, November 27, 7 pm – at least six blog posts must be completed using prompts from Classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 AND you must have made substantive comments on at least twelve other blog posts. (These totals include the work you completed for the 11/6 deadline!)
Monday, December 11, 7 pm – at least seven blog posts must be completed using prompts from any of our classes, you must have made substantive comments on at least 14 other blog posts. (These totals include the work you completed for the 11/27 deadline!) By this point at least two of your blog posts must have addressed both Art and Classics topics.
Provisional Course Calendar
|Aug 25||1: Aphrodite|
|Sept 1||2: Drama|
|Sept 8||3: Persians and Others|
|Sept 15||4: Sparta and other Utopias|
|Oct 6||5: Alexander and the Aftermath (DOUBLE CLASS: we start at 9 am!)|
|Oct 13||INDS Conference (same time and location as Friday LC)|
|Oct 20||Lower Manhattan Field Trip (Meet 9 am at 25 Broadway: Details to Follow)|
|Oct 27||Midterm (noon-1.15 pm) & Intro to Rome Lecture (1.30-2.30 pm)|
|Nov 3||6: The Roman Republic|
|Nov 10||We don’t meet, but you have Prof. Simon for a double class.|
|Nov 17||7: Caesar and Augustus|
|Nov 21 (TUES)||8: High Empire|
|Dec 1||9: Provincial Perspectives|
|Dec 8||10: Religion and Politics|
|Dec 15||Final Exam: 1-3pm (to be confirmed)|
Additional Rules and Regulations (University, College, and Departmental)
The faculty and administration of Brooklyn College support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism. Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both. The complete text of the CUNY Academic Integrity Policy and the Brooklyn College procedure for implementing that policy can be found at this site. If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member MUST report the violation.
In order to receive disability-related academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services. Students who have a documented disability or suspect they may have a disability are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services at 718-951-5538. If you have already registered with the Center for Student Disability Services please provide your professor with the course accommodation form and discuss your specific accommodation with him/her.
A copy of the current Undergraduate Bulletin can be found here (scroll down until you find the link that says ‘current’).
Please see p. 72 of the Bulletin for the state law regarding non-attendance because of religious beliefs.
Important dates (College-Wide)
|August 31||Thursday||Last day to add a course all divisions, including audits. There is no late enrollment period after this date. All course additions must be completed by this date.|
|August 31||Thursday||Last day to drop with 25% Liability (75% refund).|
|September 5||Tuesday||Last day to file a Pass/Fail application for elective courses for Fall 2017.|
|September 7||Thursday||Last day to drop with 50% Liability (50% refund)|
|September 14||Thursday||Last day to submit requests for change of, deletion of, or declaration of a major/minor/concentration to be effective in Fall 2017.|
|September 14||Thursday||Last day to drop a course without a grade of “W”.|
|September 14||Thursday||Last day to drop with 75% Liability (25% refund)|
|September 15||Friday||Course withdrawal period begins. A grade of W is assigned to students who officially withdraw from a course.|
|September 15||Friday||Last day to file for Fall (December 31 & February 1) graduation.|
|September 19||Tuesday||Conversion day; classes follow a Thursday schedule.|
|September 20-22||Wednesday-Friday||No classes scheduled.|
|September 29-30||Friday-Saturday||No classes scheduled.|
|October 9||Monday||Columbus Day Holiday; college closed. No classes scheduled.|
|November 3||Friday||Last day to submit transfer credit documentation for new fall 2017 undergraduate students (deadline does not apply to AP score reports).|
|November 9||Thursday||Deadline for Undergraduate students to complete and submit any incomplete work to resolve Spring 2017 & Summer 2017 INC grades.|
|November 10||Friday||Course withdrawal period ends. Last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of “W”.|
|November 21||Tuesday||Conversion day; classes follow a Friday schedule.|
|November 23-26||Thursday-Sunday||Thanksgiving holiday; college closed. No classes scheduled.|
|November 27||Monday||Last day for Faculty members to change INC grades to letter grades for Undergraduate students resulting from submitted assignments completed by the November 9th deadline.|
|December 13||Wednesday||Reading day.|
|December 14-20||Thursday-Wednesday||Weekday day/evening courses final examinations.|
|December 20||Wednesday||End of Fall 2017 term.|