TRIN205 AMERICAN CULTURE – SYLLABUS (FALL 2017)
(Part of English-American and French Culture I)
Last updated: 19 September 2017

Erin Maloney
LC104 – 290-2067
Office Hours
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COURSE ROOM AND TIMES:
  • Section 2: Tuesdays, 13.40 to 15.30 (in LA-103)
  • Section 1: Wednesdays, 15.40 to 17.30 (in LA-114 LA-103)
GOALS OF COURSE: to think critically and write clearly, in terms of both US History and American Culture

METHODS OF EVALUATION
  • Participation: 5%
  • Moodle Forums as Homework: 20% – 5 short Q&A forums throughout semester, each worth 5%; best 4 out of 5
  • Moodle Forum as Midterm: 20% – 1 medium-length Q&A forum
  • Oral Exam: 35% – as a group, answering questions about a film chosen from a list
  • Moodle Forum as Final: 20% – 1 medium-length Q&A forum
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO QUALIFY FOR FINAL EXAM (in American Culture)
  • Participate in 80% or more of course
  • Complete 2 or more homework forums
  • Complete midterm forum
  • Participate fully in the Oral Exam
OTHER NOTES
  • Times for forums and oral exams will be announced in class and via email
  • For American Culture, a "C" is 73%, while an "F" is 59% or lower; see General Grade Scale; American Culture counts for 50% of your total mark in English-American and French Culture I.

PROTOCOL

  • Participation: For each class, students are expected to be on time, with a pen and notebook, with the printed "textbook", and with personal electronic devices switched off. Students who use a personal electronic device during class without asking for and receiving permission will not get participation for that hour. Students are expected to use the bathroom during breaks, and follow other basic protocol for academic classes. Students must also check their Bilkent email for course information at least once per day.
  • Cheating / Plagiarizing: Unacceptable, with disciplinary action for gross or multiple offences.
  • Reading Materials: Available from Erin's web site and/or Moodle.
  • Visiting Erin in her Office: Strongly encouraged. Mandatory during preparation for Oral Exam.

MANDATORY COURSE "TEXTBOOK": See documents to print on Erin's web page for TRIN205 (Fall 2017)
NOTE: Erin will announce more reading materials throughout the course.
COURSE SCHEDULE AND CONTENT
WEEK 1 INTRODUCTION TO COURSE
WEEKS 2 to 3 WHY WAS THE US CONSTITUTION WRITTEN?
  • Thirteen Colonies and Great Britain
  • American Revolution
  • Documents preceding the US Constitution: Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation
  • The US Constitution
WEEKS 4 to 6 THE BILL OF RIGHTS and US CULTURE, focusing on:
  • 1st Amendment: Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion (including Evolution)
  • 2nd Amendment: Right to Bear Arms
  • 8th Amendment: Death Penalty
WEEK 7 WHY WAS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ELECTED?
  • The Electoral College
  • Populism and Democracy
  • Polls
WEEK 8 MIDTERM:
  • No regular American Culture class (on 7/8 November)
  • 5-7 days for Moodle Forum Midterm
WEEK 9 Discuss GROUP PROJECT; 1st AMENDMENT
WEEK 10 RACE
WEEK 11 RACE (cont.); SEXUAL ORIENTATION / PREFERENCE
WEEK 12 SEXUAL ORIENTATION / PREFERENCE (cont.)
WEEK 13 IMPORTANT US HOLIDAYS
WEEK 14 ORAL EXAM: Between 18 and 22 December, oral exam (schedule and materials announced later in course); no regular class on 19/20
AFTER WEEK14 FINAL: 5-7 days for Moodle Forum Final, sometime between 26 December 2017 and 9 January 2018