There is such a thing as extra credit for this course. Here’s how it works:
1. If you make less than a C on one of your midterms you can bump your grade up a notch upon completion of 4 extra credit assignments.
2. You can enhance your seminar grade by completing up to 3 extra credit assignments.
There are two sorts of extra credit assignments:
1. The Civic Engagement Project. Go to a political event and write it up. 500 words or thereabouts. Examples of political events include a city council meeting, student goverment, a rally or demonstration, a political club or other organization (College Republicans, SQE, Socialist Workers’ Party– it doesn’t matter what the political content of the group is).
2. American Culture and History in Film. Write a smart, thoughtful film review (again, 500 words or less) on one of the following films, linking it to issues of American history and culture raised in this course:
Incident at Oglala
Full Metal Jacket
Why We Fight (2005)
The Power of Nightmares
Thousand Pieces of Gold
4 Little Girls
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 version)
Where Do You Stand?
George Washington (2000)
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
There Will Be Blood
The Cradle Will Rock
All Over Me
Chan is Missing
Salt of the Earth
The Eyes of Tammy Faye