• Rosenwasser, David, and Jill Stephen. Writing Analytically, Sixth Edition. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2011.
  • Course Reader (purchase at Replica Copy, 2138 Oxford Street, Berkeley, CA)
  • MLA Formatting and Style Guide.” The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. Web. 4 Jan. 2014.

Course Evaluation

  • Discussant 5%
  • Summary Response Papers 10%
  • Participation & Attendance 10%
  • Weekly Writing Exercises 10%
  • Peer Writing Workshops 10%
  • Writing Projects 55%

Discussant (5%)


Participation & Attendance (10%):

Active and meaningful class participation is essential to your success in this class. However, since not everyone is comfortable speaking up in class discussion there are a variety of other ways to receive participation points in this class.

The following are ways to participate in class:

  • Regular, prompt attendance
  • Contributions to in-class discussions
  • Contributions to online discussions
  • Visits to instructor’s office hours

Roll will be taken promptly at ten minutes after the scheduled start time. Student attendance at all class meetings and screenings is mandatory. You are permitted three absences for the semester with no questions asked (you don’t even need to let us know ahead of time). Each absence beyond this will count against your final grade by a step (A becomes A-, A- becomes B+, etc.) Arriving late disrupts your classmates ability to focus and learn, thus prompt attendance is also a mandatory. Three late arrivals will count as the equivalent of one absence. If you need to miss a class due to a religious holiday or extracurricular activity please contact the instructor during the first week of class.

Please bring the assigned texts to class with you each day and be prepared to engage with them in discussion. We will be studying films that cover a variety of issues and topics that may hold special significance for students. It is important to discuss ideas both in the classroom and online in a cooperative, courteous, and respectful manner. The diversity of opinions that we have in the classroom is one of the most valuable aspects of college! Challenge yourself to see things from your classmates’ points of view and use their feedback to help drive your intellectual inquiry into the complex films, readings, and topics we will be discussing. By keeping interactions positive we will be able to support each other’s learning as we move through the course.

Midterm participation grades will be posted by ————-.

Weekly Writing Exercises (10%):

In addition to weekly writing exercises given through the semester, you will be asked to produce two summary response papers (2 pages each). They are to be posted to the appropriate forum on bCourses by 5:00 pm the day before the reading will be discussed in class. Late submissions will not be accepted. Two times during the semester students will take on the role of class discussant. On those days students will be responsible for reporting on and leading the class through the readings by drawing on the summary response papers of their classmates. Signups to select a reading for your two summary response papers and your discussant days will be available on the second day of class.

Peer Writing Workshops (10%):

Providing and receiving feedback is a fundamental part of the writing process. Not only does feedback from your peers help you put your own writing in perspective, reading works in progress and writing feedback for your classmates will help you develop your own writing skills. Therefore, throughout the course you will workshop your works in progress with peers. You will be provided with guidelines for your collaborative work.

Writing Projets (50%):

Project #1 (Sequence Analysis): 5–6 pages 25%
Project #2 (Research Paper): 8–9 pages 30%

Grading Policy:

All assignments are due at the beginning of class (unless otherwise noted) on the date marked on the syllabus. Late papers and assignments will be docked one half of a letter grade per day that they are late. In other words, what would have been an 87% paper becomes an 82% paper if it is a day late. All assignments must be completed in order to pass the course.

Grading Scale:

A+       97–100%         B+        87–89%           C+        77–79%           D+        67–69%
A         93–96%           B          83–86%           C          73–76%           D          63–66%
A-        90–92%           B-        80–82%           C-        70–72%           D-        60–62%

Academic Accommodations:

All requests for accommodations (due to religion, disability, extracurricular activity, etc.) should be made in writing within the first two weeks of the semester.

Technology Policy:

You are allowed to use technology for note-taking and research purposes only. Please restrain from watching unrelated videos, playing games, checking social media, or engaging in online chatting or texting. Your actions directly impact your classmates learning experience so please be courteous to your colleagues. If for any reason the use of technology disrupts classroom learning, the offender will be asked to leave the classroom and technology use may be restricted for everyone.

Academic Integrity:

UC Berkeley’s honor code states “As a member of the UC Berkeley community, I act with honesty, integrity, and respect for others.” Plagiarism, an act of dishonesty, is therefore unacceptable. Any act of plagiarism will be met with an automatic failure of the course.

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If you have any questions, please consult the instructor—naïveté or ignorance of this standard is not an acceptable excuse for your violation of academic integrity.