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Bridgewater State College
Department of Communication Studies

Spring 2008
CC 199-002 First Year Seminar
Terrorism, Islam, Middle Eastern Culture and Media Coverage

Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-10:45 AM
Room LIB206

http://blackboard.bridgew.edu

ďAnalyzing Critically, Arguing PersuasivelyĒ

E-mail as an Official Means of Communication to Students

The College provides a BSC user account and E-mail address to all matriculated BSC students and uses E-mail as an official means of sending information to students. View the full E-mail as an Official Means of Communication to Students policy online for more information. NO EXCEPTION!

        Course Description

This course is designed to teach students about the religion of Islam, the concept of terrorism, the Middle Eastern and Arab culture and the media. At the core of  researching and teaching this course is a striving for first-hand, unmediated knowledge based on literacy in  Islam, Middle Eastern languages and history, media coverage and a deeply humanistic approach. The intellectual life at this class is characterized by openness, tolerance, cooperation, and diversity. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is rich in its civilization and culture and occupy a vital geopolitical position in the world and must be viewed as such.

        Required Textbooks

1. Islam and the Myth of Confrontation, Fred Halliday (1999: I.B.Tauris)    
2. The Media and the War on Terrorism by Stephen Hess and Marvin Kalb( 2003, Brookings Institution Press.)
Note: You are required to read assigned chapters.  I also ask you to bring in your textbooks to class.

Why MENA

MENA is a vast region of vital economic, political and strategic importance in the modern world. Through a comprehensive knowledge of the region, its peoples, religions, cultures and history, we can make sense of current international events. This course aims at introducing you to a variety of opportunities for employment, especially with businesses that work in the region, and in government agencies and international organizations.

        Expected Outcomes

-Developing fluency in written expression about the topic of Islam, the Middle Eastern culture, terrorism and the media.

- Developing an interest in reading literature and newspapers originated in the region of MENA.

- Raising the level of intellectual wellness that involves an attitude of openness and curiosity and respect for knowledge and learning in many areas.

- Working both collaboratively and independently with classmates to critique, analyze and understand different issues in the region of MENA.

- Enhancing technology skills and formation literacy through reading and writing.


           
Course Policies

  1. This course is conducted in a lecture-discussion format, supplemented by online and in-class group and individual exercises and activities. 
  2. It is expected that you check Blackboard http://blackboard.bridgew.edu  and your operational e-mail account on a regular basis. 
  3. Due to the nature of the course, I reserve the right to make any necessary changes to the distributed schedule.
  4. Attendance is mandatory for this course including online sessions. Again, this class uses a lecture-discussion format.
  5. Your participation plays critical part of your learning in this course. Therefore, significant course credit will be attached to your attendance and participation. Occasionally, I will ask you to write a one page as a reaction to certain issues or points that may be raised by you the students, the instructor, a guest speaker, or the media. I consider such activity as part of your class participation.
  6. One excused absence will be allowed. In the event you are absent, you will be held responsible for materials discussed in class and your assignment. Be aware of any changes in the assignments!
  7. Attendance, which is a minimum requirement, means showing up; participation, which is an evaluated requirement, means joining in  discussion, intellectual argument, critical inputs, comments, clarifications, and questions.
  8. A failing grade may be resulted from excessive absences despite the quality of any written work submitted. I would consider any more than two documented absences to be excessive. Lateness (or leaving class early or leaving during class time, disruptive behavior or inattentiveness -doing other work during class) will have a negative effect on your final grade. Class will begin promptly at 11:00 AM. Thus, being late to class and undocumented absences will adversely affect your final grade.
  9. You are required to read the materials assigned prior to class (whether or not you are presenting the reading) and to contribute with comments, clarifications, and questions.
  10. All written work must be typed, double- spaced and 12 font with proper margins. No exception. When a bibliography or footnotes and endnotes are used, follow the MLA style http://www.bridgew.edu/Library/htm/pdf/mla_style.pdf. Your instructor will explain this section to you in class.
  11. All papers are graded on form and content. Late homework and papers will not be accepted. DO NOT EMAIL YOUR PAPER! IT WOULD NOT BE DELETED!
  12. Always make an extra copy of your paper or electronic assignments before turning it in. This will eliminate any potential problems.
  13. You will write a monthly article to be posted on http://www.emij.net .  Time and topics will be discussed in class.
  14. You will write four papers for this course. The first three short papers of three pages each will be combined and revised to serve as a base for your final paper of 10 pages. Guidelines for papers will be provided accordingly. You will receive a regular feedback on your oral and written work.
  15. You will conduct and tape two interviews to be posted on both BLACKBOARD and EMIJ.
  16. Sources include five scholarly journals, recent books (2001-2007), newspapers, radio and TV programs, and other reliable sources.
  17. We may preview media programs in this class and invite speakers to address different issues related to content of the course. You are asked to write good notes and to post your documented reaction online. General views or opinions are not accepted.
  18. Please read the assigned materials, prepare some notes before class.
  19. Remember: Unscheduled written and unwritten quizzes will be conducted.
  20. When utilizing the work of any other authors you must give credit to the source. See the college manual and regulations for further information on plagiarism.
  21. There will be a midterm, and final exams. They are to be conducted ONLINE.
  22. I will set aside class time for group works. In addition, I will observe and evaluate your academic growth and educational development in this writing intensive course.
  23. Speech Day : Final presentation with PowerPoint/few slides is required . It should be brief and to the point. Students are asked to attend this session. If you failed to attend your final grade will be severely reduced. Please dress up!
  24. You are asked to schedule at least two visits during my office hours to discuss your papers and learning experience in this class.
  25. No Incomplete grade will be considered for this course. There will be no make- ups for missed presentation, tests and paper.
  26. Class may form small groups and you are required to show support and professionalism for your group.
  27. Online discussion and participation is not optional. Participation and quality of contributions will be graded accordingly.
  28. To get a passing grade and obtain credits for COMM 199-001 you must complete all assigned assignments. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  29. I reserve the right to alter scheduled activities to accommodate your educational needs.
  30. Plagiarism: All speeches will be submitted to Turnitin in Blackboard  to check for originality. Academic honesty is expected from all students.  Plagiarism and cheating are not condoned and are subject to academic penalty, which may be failure for the course in which the violation took place.  A record of the violation is kept and repeated offenses may result in suspension or dismissal from the college. (From the BSC Student Handbook) Plagiarism is copying ideas, words, or speeches from another person or source, including the Internet.  The penalty for plagiarism is a zero for the assignment.  A second offense will result in failure for the course.
  31. Learning Assistance: The Communications Lab is a new innovation at the Academic Achievement Center.  People there can help you with speeches, group work and other communication challenges.  It is located on the bottom floor of the library.  There you will find a Writing Center and Reading Center as well.
  32. Please, while in class:

- take good notes for your review

- you may be asked to answer questions or offer some comments
- ask and answer questions
- turn off cell phones and beepers
- donít make bubbles with gum
- donít eat crunchy foods in class
- donít talk with your neighboring colleagues
- donít do homework for other courses

- no email or text messages during class time

-donít leave class while someone is discussing an issue or doing a presentation

          Grading and Evaluation Policy

                   Grades will be compiled from the scores on class participation, online discussion,
                   three tests, final test, group work, quizzes and four papers.

 

Task

% of Final Grade

 

Grade

Range

Midterm exam

10%

 

A

93-100

Final Test

14%

 

A-

90-92

Papers: 1, 2, 3

21%

 

B+

87-89

Final Paper

14%

 

B

83-86

Atten& Partic.

16%

 

B-

80-82

Online Disc.

10%

 

C+

77-79

Quizzes

5%

 

C-

70-72

Voice Rerecording

10%

 

D+

67-69

Total

100%

 

D

63-66

 

 

 

D-

60-62

 

 

 

F

0-59

Summery fort Assignments

Second week: Paper One

Forth week: Paper Two

Fifth week: Midterm

Seventh week: Paper Three

10th week: Paper Four/Final Paper

Final weeks;  days/presentations/Please Dress up

Final Exam/Online

Class Events and Activities

Date/Day

Place

Topics and Reading

January

 

 

24

 

Course Overview and Policies. Groups Formed. Whatís the Middle East? Where is it anyway?

29

 

Discussing Paper One/Guidelines

Round Table Discussion: Tell me something about MENA and Islam?
The Middle and International Politics.
Read: Pp11-41 in Halliday.
Also read the Hart-Rudman Commission Report,Pp113-123 in Hess& Kalb.

Post 300 words about the reading on the Discussion Board. Due within 24 hours.

Listen: Captivate Voice

31

 

ONLINE Discussion and Captivate Voice

February

 

 

5

 

 

Paper One Due (Three pages)

The Iranian Revolution in Comparative Perspective, Pp42-75 in Halliday.

Group Discussion: Lessons of Wars.Pp17-29 in Hess & Kalb.

Post 300 words about the reading on the Discussion Board. Due within 24 hours.

Listen: Captivate Voice

7

 

Preparing for Paper Two.

Round Table Discussion: Whatís Terrorism? Does it have a Home or an Identity? Middle Eastern Cultural and Sociopolitical Issues and Media Coverage.
Read. The Gulf War 1990-91. Pp76-103 in Halliday.

Post 300 words on the Discussion Board. Due within 24 hours.

Listen: Captivate Voice

12

 

Paper Two Due (Three pages)
Discussion: Islam and the West. Pp107-132 in Halliday.
Presidential Press Secretaries.Pp30-46 in Hess& Kalb
Post 300 words on the Discussion Board. Due within 24 hours.

14

 

Anti Muslims and Contemporary Politics: One Ideology or Many, Pp 160-194 in Halliday.
National Security Decision Makers. Pp 47-81 in Halliday.

Post 300 words on the Discussion Board. Due within 24 hours.

Writing: Article be posted on  WWW.EMIJ.NET

19

 

ONLINE Discussion and Captivate Voice

21

 

The Pentagon and the Press. Pp 85-110 in Hess& Kalb
Post 300 words on the Discussion Board. Due within 24 hours.

26

 

ONLINE Discussion and Captivate Voice

28

 

Online Midterm covers materials covered in class from day one to March.5:00-6:40 Class Discussion: Human Rights. Pp 130-159 in Halliday.
Preparing for Paper Three
Post 300 words on the Discussion Board. Due within 24 hours.

Writing: Article be posted on  WWW.EMIJ.NET

March

 

 

4

 

Paper Three due (Three pages).
Speaker: American Policy and the War on Terrorism. Post 300 words on the Discussion Board. Due within 24 hours.

Writing: Article be posted on  WWW.EMIJ.NET

6

 

 War on Terrorism:

 24 hours on the Discussion Board. Due within 24 hours.
Post 300 words on the Discussion Board. Due within 24 hours.

11

 

Individual Library Research to complete paper four(Final)

13

 

Public Diplomacy or Propaganda. Pp233-249 in Hess& Kalb.
Public Opinion.Pp250-272 in Hess& Kalb
Post 300 words on the Discussion Board. Due within 24 hours.
 
Paper Four/Final Due/Ten Pages

March 17

 

SPRING BREAK BEGINS

25

 

ONLINE Discussion and Captivate Voice

27

 

ONE-ON-ONE Meeting

April

 

 

1

 

ONE-ON-ONE Meeting

3

 

ONLINE Discussion and Captivate Voice

8

 

Developed new writing assignment: Articles be posted on  WWW.EMIJ.NET

10

 

ONLINE Discussion and Captivate Voice

15

 

Guest Speaker/Lecture TBA

17

 

ONLINE Discussion and Captivate Voice about the lecture of  the speaker

22

 

Speech Day: Presentations

Each Student will have up to 10 minutes to report on her/his paper. All students must attend this class activity. The final grade will suffer greatly if you missed attending this class or failed to present your paper. Please Dress Up!

Use Captivate Voice

24

 

Speech Day: Presentation

Each Student will have up to 10 minutes to report on her/his paper. All students must attend this class activity. The final grade will suffer greatly if you missed attending this class or failed to present your paper. Please Dress Up!

Use Captivate Voice

29

 

Speech Day: Presentation

Each Student will have up to 10 minutes to report on her/his paper. All students must attend this class activity. The final grade will suffer greatly if you missed attending this class or failed to present your paper. Please Dress Up!

Use Captivate Voice

May

 

 

1

 

Speech Day: Presentation/Final Paper Due

Each Student will have up to 10 minutes to report on her/his paper. All students must attend this class activity. The final grade will suffer greatly if you missed attending this class or failed to present your paper. Please Dress Up!

Use Captivate Voice

 

 

 

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