I have a particularly rigorous schedule planned. This course is officially "writing-intensive" but it is now in transition to "communications intensive." That means you'll be giving presentations as well. The bottom line: you will do a lot of research, writing, discussion, and presentation. Expect this to be one of the most intensive courses you have taken in a while. If you are taking this course as an elective, you might rethink that. If you are concurrently taking other intensive courses, especially History of American Seapower, you really should rethink that.
We went over the syllabus in class, but here are a few points of emphasis and clarification:
- You must keep backups of your work and turn in your portfolio several times during the semester. I can't emphasize enough the importance of keeping backups. You are responsible for turning in your work on time, or resubmitting it if asked at any time for any reason.
- Attendance is mandatory unless you have a prior written arrangement with me. If you know you are going to miss a class please let us know ahead of time.
- It's very important that you read all the material when assigned and complete the assignments thoroughly.
- The first book is Protecting the Arctic: Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Survival. The first quiz and the first assignment are due a week from today.
- The second book is hard to find. You must have Coastal Cultures: An Anthropology of Fishing and Whaling Traditions, no later than October 5th. I will have a copy that you may read in my office if absolutely necessary (it may not leave my office).
- This class is a little bit like a final exam for the MAST program. The assignments not only test your mastery of the content, but also measure your preparedness for life after college; notably your individual responsibility, mental toughness, ability to work with others, and professionalism.
- I want you to succeed. I will try to live up to your expectations.