Daily Archives: October 20, 2009


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

Forbidden City

4 Little Girls

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 version)

Norma Rae

Weather Underground



No Logo

Scratch (2001)

American Dream

Ethnic Notions

Strange Fruit

Where Do You Stand?

Deep Blues

George Washington (2000)

Mai’s America



Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

There Will Be Blood

Mystery Train

Boulevard Nights

They Live

Double Indemnity

The Cradle Will Rock

North Country

Lone Star

All Over Me

Chan is Missing

Glengarry GlenRoss

Salt of the Earth


The Eyes of Tammy Faye

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