English 3010: Intermediate Composition & Disney Studies
Taught Winter 2000/Section 021 at Wayne State University
MW 3:00-4:20 p.m.
324 State Hall & 029 State Hall (Macintosh lab) or 337 State Hall (PC lab)
Instructor: Samantha Blackmon
This course satisfies the General Education Intermediate Composition requirement.
The purpose of this course is twofold. First, the course fulfills the intermediate composition requirements of Wayne State University; it focuses on students’ growing academic research and writing skills (see Course Objectives). Second, the course is thematically designed to introduce students to the fields of material culture and visual culture, as well as to Disney studies. Rather than reinforcing distinctions between the academic and the everyday, this course emphasizes the participatory research and writing of active, knowledgeable student/scholars. To this end, the course emphasizes various forms of collaborative work: between instructor and students, among class members, with another section of English 3010, and within public spheres.
To help us engage further with these interests and objectives, this course has been designed to utilize the World Wide Web (WWW) and computer classroom. It is the expectation that all students in this section of 3010 willingly engage with computers and on-line technology. The course has an on-line syllaweb that contains information pertaining to the course. In addition, we will participate on forums, in-class computer writing, website construction, and MOO spaces.
The majors goals of English 3010 are to teach students:
• To develop an understanding of and appreciation for writing as a wide-ranging, creative, intellectual activity that takes many forms, both academic and non-academic. Understanding and appreciating writing means recognizing how it shapes culture, institutional practices and knowledge making various academic and professional fields.
• To obtain effective strategies for accessing and evaluating different forms of writing (books, magazines, academic journals, psychological case studies, business memorandums) and cultural productions (film, television, art, music, computer). Evaluating these and other sources means analyzing and interpreting language and communication, expressing opinions, evaluating sources and introducing new or controversial ideas. It includes the ability to identify underlying premises, grounds for arguments, and appeals to logic, emotions and ethics.
• To understand how sources can be integrated to help produce knowledge in a piece of writing. This means mastering the art of quotation, paraphrase and summary for the sake of advancing arguments, and understanding how the ideas, words and images of others relate to their own writing and why.
• To achieve a level of writing appropriate to advance undergraduate disciplinary standards. This involves creating arguments by means of developing logical composing strategies. Advanced argumentation is concerned with discovering and conveying best judgments about the nature of reality and issues through appeals to reason. Taking a strong position on a particular subject represents a wider range of options than strictly pro or con debates; it may cast an issue in a new light, leading readers to rethink their understanding of issues involved.
• To learn to critique their own writing and to internalize the purposes of revision. This means both learning to recognize errors and exploring ways of expressing ideas and structuring papers that engage readers and further meanings in new. enlightening or surprising ways.
• To use writing for a variety of purposes, both inside and outside the university. Students should learn how to communicate in academic and professional settings. They should also learn how writing can help us identify, understand and negotiate cultural identity and cultural differences.
• Raimes, Ann. Keys for Writers. (see me if you have another handbook)
• Fees for Video Rentals
• Copying Cards (for Course Pack materials placed on reserve at Purdy/Kresge Library)
• Two computer disks (one for submission to me, one for back-up)
• Folder or holder (for Disney archive)
In order to accomplish the course goals, you must come to each class prepared. This means coming to class on time, as well as completing your readings and outside assignments. Active and informed participation in class discussions and collaborative work is also crucial. In terms of writing assignments, you will be required to complete two collaborative writing projects, a Disney archive, two proposals, reading responses and reaction papers, evaluations, and a MOO space as your final research project.
Class Participation & Assignments: This is one of the most important components to the success of the course. All reading, screening and outside assignments are to be completed prior to class. This means viewing and reading carefully and critically, bringing materials to class, and coming prepared to engage with the ideas and your class. Class investigations are participatory assignments that include critical and active discussions as well as in-class collaborative work (200 points possible). I will specify and/or add materials to the tentative calendar as our course archive develops and if the materials will enhance our discussions and understanding of the assigned material.
Attendance: Students who do not attend the first week will be considered to have dropped this section of English 3010. Please see the Winter 2000 Schedule of Classes for more information, page 80. Students who do not attend the first week of classes will not be added.
Attendance is welcomed, expected, and mandatory. To best utilize our time, come to class on time. You are considered absent if 1) you are more than 15 minutes late and/or 2) you are unprepared for class. There will be regular in-class work (see Investigations below) to record your attendance and preparation for class. You may miss three sessions without penalty. For every class after the first three, I will lower your final grade by fifty points. After three absences you must attend a conference with me to discuss whether you should continue in this course. Seven absences constitute automatic failure of the course.
Investigations: At the beginning of class, there will be either a quiz, brief exercise, or an in-class writing that will serve as the basis for that day’s class assignment. These must be completed at the beginning of class; no extra time will be allotted to those who come to class late. These assignments serve as attendance sheets and become part of your final grade; they will also serve to focus class examinations of the material (200 points total).
Writing Deadlines & Submissions: You are expected to submit assignments by the deadlines listed. All written work is due at the beginning of class unless otherwise noted. In order to be considered for a grade, all assignments are to be complete, of the minimum word count, and must conform to MLA documentation and format (word-processed, 12 point legible font, double-spacing, with one inch margins). Keys for Writers, your
required handbook, details MLA documentation. No late papers are accepted.
Conferences & Contact: I am open to discussing matters pertaining to the course, readings, and your writing; please feel free to contact me via email or phone as well as in person. I hope you will also take advantage of my office hours and email. Although voluntary, I also encourage you to schedule outside conferences with me, particularly to discuss your final project.
Outside the Classroom: I encourage you to take advantage of the resources Wayne State offers: the Purdy/Kresge Library, the Undergraduate Library (UGL) and its twenty-four hour computer facilities, The Writing Center (also at the UGL), and The Reading Skills Center. I reserve the right to incorporate these locales into my syllabus, your writing assignments, or as extra credit.
In terms of writing assignments, you will be required to complete two collaborative writing projects, a Disney archive, two proposals, reading responses and reaction papers, evaluations, and a MOO space as a final research project. Below are brief descriptions of these assignments. More detailed requirements will be distributed throughout the semester.
All topics will be provided and/or must be approved in advance. Out-of-class papers must be typed, formatted according to MLA guidelines, and stapled in the left hand corner (no binders!). All papers must be submitted by the deadline as both a paper copy and on computer disk. I also reserve the right to ask for your rough drafts and sources.
Disney/Cultural Manifestations Protocols: Two focused writings related to course readings and research, including that of your peers. These are brief, analytical papers on one of the readings assigned for that day. Further information on these protocols will be distributed in advance. They must be 500-750 words in length (approximately 2-3 pages). No late, incomplete, or handwritten protocols will be accepted, and there will be no make-up assignments (100 points total).
Collaborative Project: This ongoing project will demonstrate your ability to analyze a variety of visual texts both as an individual scholar and collaboratively. The collaborative project will critically engage with Disney film and the Internet as both primary sources and public spheres. It will consist of several parts. After an initial, brief collaborative assignment on Snow White (50 points), you will complete a proposal (50 points) that will be followed by the finished project (150 points), presentation to the class, and an evaluation of other collaborations (50 points).
Final Project: Research Paper Or MOO Project: Your final project will develop an examination of Disney’s cultural influence and manifestations. Rather than constructing a traditional research paper, however, you will use your research, including the previous collaborative project and Disney archive, to construct a MOO space.
The MOO space is an analytical research project that is the equivalent of approximately 2000-2500 words (8-10 pages) with appropriately documented, secondary sources. It will critically engage with Disney by using primary sources and a variety of both popular and scholarly secondary sources. This project is roughly divided into four parts:
1) Disney Archive (50 points);
2) Project Proposal (50 points);
3) 2 Disney/Cultural Manifestations Protocols (100 points total);
4) Final Project: Research-based MOO project (250 points); and
5) Final Project Evaluation (50 points)
Revisions: You may revise the collaborative project, the protocols, and the MOO project. I will return each assignment to you with comments, suggestions, and a grade. Works that are incomplete when originally turned in or papers not received by the deadline are not eligible for revision. Also, I will not accept revisions without your original graded project. Revisions of the collaborative project and protocols are due two weeks from the date they are returned in class. Revisions of your final project are due on the last day of class.
To assist you in revising, please remember that revision is an active rethinking/reworking process. Papers which only correct surface errors are unacceptable, as are papers which don’t consider feedback. Revision is not a guarantee of a higher grade.
Missing Work: All assignments (collaborative project, archive, protocols, MOO space) must be handed in for a student to receive a passing grade. A failing grade on an assignment does not necessarily result in failing the course, but if the work is never submitted you will fail.
Portfolio: Please keep a folder with all written work for the course. Bring this folder with you when you attend conferences. You will submit this at the end of the semester with all major work, revisions, process letter, and a computer disk. Be sure you keep your copies of all written work with my original comments on them.
Cheating: All written work submitted for a grade in this course must be the product of your own composition. Ideas generated due to reading and group discussion may provide the inspiration for your work, but should not be the sole ideas represented. With collaborative projects, of course, ideas should be representative of the group’s work.
Plagiarism is the act of presenting as your own work another individual’s ideas, words, data, or research material. The concept applies equally to written, spoken, or electronic texts, published or unpublished. All ideas and quotations that you borrow from any source must be acknowledged: at a minimum, you should give the name of your author, the title of the text cited, and the page number(s) of the citation. The only exceptions to this requirement would involve what is familiar and commonly held (e.g. a well-known quote from Shakespeare). You should know that penalties for plagiarism are severe and can entail suspension from the University. Students are responsible for reading and understanding the University policy on Cheating and Plagiarism set forth in the WSU Undergraduate Bulletin.
D.K. Peterson’s Position on Cheating:
I consider cheating/plagiarism one of the most serious academic offenses, whether through deliberate misrepresentation or sloppy citation practices. There is no reason to plagiarize in this course; see me if you have concerns or questions. If in doubt, cite! If you cheat/plagiarize, you will fail the course. With such offenses, a report also is filed with the Associate Chair, Dean, and University Judicial Officer.
The following point system details the weight of the assignments in determining your final grade, barring absences or incomplete work.
Collaborative Assignment: 050
Collaborative Project Proposal 050
Collaborative Project 150
Collaborative Project Evaluations 050
Disney Archive 050
Final Project Proposals 050
Disney/Cultural Manifestations Protocols 100 (50 points each)
Research Project: MOO space 250
Final Project Evaluations 050
Total 1000 points
* Investigations may include any in-class participatory efforts: discussions, readings, exercises, worksheets, presentations, and so forth.
Your points will be translated into percentages; your final grade will be calculated according to the following percentage scale:
59- 0 E
Although such instances are rare, I reserve the right to reward students who have shown dramatic progress with higher grades than the scale suggests. On the other hand, I will not give a student a lower grade if all projects are completed and absences do not exceed the maximum allowed.
Note about Incompletes: The mark of ‘I’ is inappropriate if, in the instructor’s judgment, it will be necessary for the student regularly to attend subsequent sessions of the class. I will give an Incomplete only in cases of emergency. “X”s are appropriate only if the student has not attended enough classes for the instructor to appropriately determine a final grade.
ENG 3010: Disney Studies
Winter 2000 Schedule
Course Syllabus On-line at: 3010W00.html
(Syllabus and Calendar are tentative and subject to change. Please check on-line syllabus for latest changes. Any hard copy may be obsolete, so be sure to bring it with you to each class to record all changes.)
WEEK ONE: IT ALL BEGAN WITH A MOUSE...
M Jan. 10 Introduction to Computer-Intensive Composition/Disney Studies
W Jan. 12 Screening: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Collaborative Assignment Distributed
WEEK TWO: DISNEY’S FOLLY OR FUTURE?
M Jan. 17 No Class for Observance of MLK, Jr. Birthday
W Jan. 19 DUE: Collaborative Assignment on Snow White
Investigation: Snow White
WEEK THREE: DISNEY’S SECOND GOLDEN AGE
M Jan. 24 Last Day to Add Courses
Screening: The Lion King
W Jan. 26 Investigation: The Lion King
Discussion: Collaborative Project and Proposal
Disney’s WWW Evaluation Assignment Distributed
WEEK FOUR: IT’S A SMALL WORLD (WIDE WEB), AFTER ALL
M Jan. 31 Investigation: Disney and WWW Evaluation
Readings Distributed: Website Evaluation
W Feb. 2 DUE: Collaborative Project Proposals
Investigation: Readings & Website Standards
WEEK FIVE: SYNERGY
M Feb. 7 Collaborative Assignment: Research & Project Construction
T Feb. 8 Instructor’s Signature Required to Drop Courses;
‘W’ Appears on Transcripts
W Feb. 9 Collaboration Assignment: Research & Project Construction
WEEK SIX: COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: RESULTS AND REACTIONS (click to see projects)
M Feb. 14 DUE: Collaborative Projects Posted
Presentation, Discussion, and (Cross-Class) Evaluation
W Feb. 16 Presentation, Discussion, and (Cross-Class) Evaluation cont.
WEEK SEVEN: IF THE SHOE FITS: CINDERELLA, A CASE STUDY
M Feb. 21 Screening: Cinderella
Disney Archive Assigned and Discussed
W Feb. 23 Readings from Course Pack
Investigation: Cinderella & Readings
WEEK EIGHT: IF THE BOOT FITS: PRETTY WOMAN AS FAIRY TALE
M Feb. 28 Screening: Pretty Woman
W March 1 Readings from Course Pack
Investigation: Pretty Woman, Cinderella, & Readings
WEEK NINE: MOUSEOLOGY, OR DOING DISNEY RESEARCH
M March 6 Final Research Project Assignment on MOOs/MUDs Discussed
Questions and Strategies
W March 8 Collaborative Strategies & Project Development
WEEK TEN: INTERMISSION
M March 13 No Class
W March 15 Spring Break
WEEK ELEVEN: DISNEY ARCHIVE
M March 20 DUE: Disney Archive
Investigation: Construction of Archive
W March 22 DUE: Proposals for Final Research Project
Disney Archive cont.
WEEK TWELVE: CULTURAL STUDIES AND DISNEY
M March 27 DUE: Response to Readings
Readings: Disney/Cultural Manifestations
W March 29 Investigations: Cultural Critics & Disney
WEEK THIRTEEN: DISNEY AS WORLD
M April 3 DUE: Reaction Paper to Readings/Responses
Investigations and Readings...
W April 5 Based on Disney Archives and Ongoing Research
WEEK FOURTEEN: THE WORLD AS DISNEY
M April 10 Investigations and Readings...
W April 12 Based on Disney Archives and Ongoing Research
WEEK FIFTEEN: VIRTUAL DISNEY
M April 17 DUE: Final Research Projects
Project Presentations & (Cross-Class) Evaluations
W April 19 Project Presentations & (Cross-Class) Evaluations
WEEK SIXTEEN THE (DE)CONSTRUCTION OF DISNEY
M April 24 DUE: Final Project Revisions
Last Day of Classes
T April 25 Last Day to Drop Courses; Multiple Signatures Required
Syllabus Is Tentative And Subject To Change!
Assignments in Brief
Collaborative Project Proposal
Collaborative Project Evaluation (Cross-Class)
Final Project Proposal
Disney/Cultural Manifestations (Readings)
Cultural Critics (Reactions)
Final Project Evaluation (Cross-Class)
200 points total