A Coordinated Studies Program for Fall 2000
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Program Description: Link to Catalog Description
Students are expected to be constructive, self-directed learners. Time management of activities and individual responsibility are encouraged. Credit will be awarded upon successful completion of requirements and assignments, as outlined below. As members of The Evergreen State College Community, our rights and responsibilities are expressed in Evergreen's “Social Contract”. Copies are available in the Library, Student Advising Center, the Deans’ offices, and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Program Requirements for Credit
1. Attendance to all scheduled meetings.
2. Completion of ALL assignments on scheduled due dates. Attention to time management is encouraged.
3. Students are expected to have read all the assigned readings prior to each scheduled meetings. Preparation is essential.
4. Each student will attend a thirty (30) minute conference with faculty during the sixth week of the Quarter.
5. Each student will complete and submit to faculty a thoughtful draft self-evaluation on Tuesday December 5, 2000.
6. Each student will attend an evaluation conference during evaluation week
READING & ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE
WEEK ONE September 26th and September 28th
1. Voigt et al, Part 1, Chapters 1 & 2
Geis and Bienen, introduction
Film: The Maltese Falcon
Buttons: Overview of Crime Fiction
WEEK TWO October 3rd and October 5th
Readings: 1. Voigt,
Part 5, Chapters 16, 17 & 18
Geis and Bienen, Chapter 2
2. Rafter, Introduction and Chapter 1
Sleuthing: Reading as Practice/Literary Theories
DUE: October 5th: 1st response-essay,
WEEK THREE October 10th and October 12th
Voigt, Part 4, Chapters 10, 11, 13, 14, & 15 (omit Chapter 12)
2. Rafter, Chapter 2
3. Chandler; Takagi
Film: Media and Representation Stuart Hall
Arrivals: Pop, Pulp, Genre, Heroes
DUE October 12th Second response-essay,
WEEK FOUR October 17th and 19th
Readings: 1. Messner and Rosenfeld
Guest Speakers: Pat Barte, Cedar Creek Correctional Center
2. Rafter, Chapter 3 Susan Watts, Olympia Private Investigator
3. Takagi; Atwood Film: Hana-Bi (Fireworks) Directed by Kitano Takeshi
Themes: Cultural Studies
Arrivals: Pop, Pulp, Genre, Heroes (continued)
DUE October 19th: Third response-essay,
WEEK FIVE October 24th and October 26th
Readings: 1. Sasson, Chapters 1-6
Geis and Bienen, Chapter 3
2. Rafter, Chapter 4
3. Takagi; Atwood
Themes: Introduction to
The Facts: True Crime/More Fictions
DUE October 26th: Fourth response-essay,
WEEK SIX October 30th and November 3rd
No scheduled classes. Thirty-minute faculty-student conferences.
DUE at conference time: Review of “Everyday Lived Experience” journal
Readings: 1. Sasson, Chapters 7-9
Geis and Bienen, Chapter 4
2. Rafter, Chapter 5
3. Takagi; Atwood
WEEK SEVEN November 7th and November 9th
Readings: 1. Voigt et al, Part 3,
2. Rafter, Chapter 6
Themes: Social Research and Crime
Suspect: Women and Crime
DUE November 9th : Fifth response-essay, or equivalent
WEEK EIGHT November 14th and November 16th
Readings: 1. Voigt et al, Part 2,
Chapters 3 and 4
Geis and Bienen, Chapter 6
2. Rafter, Chapter 7
Themes: Social Research
and Crime (continued)
Who dunnit?: Psychoanalytic Theory and Crime
DUE November 16th: Sixth response-essay, or equivalent
Break November 20th to 24th No scheduled classes
WEEK NINE November 28th and November 30th
Readings: 1. Blankenship, Introduction,
Voigt et al, Chapter 12
Departures: Pop, Pulp, Genre, Birds
*DUE November 30: Research Essay,
or Crime Fiction
DUE November 30: “Everyday Lived Experience” Journal
WEEK TEN December 5th and December 7th
Readings: 1. Blankenship, Chapters
Themes: Corporate Crime (continued)
Case Closed: Wrap-up and Pizza
DUE December 7th: 7th Response essay,
EVALUATION WEEK: December 11th – December 15th
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Assignment one: Research Essay
or Crime Fiction:
This assignment is intended to provide an opportunity for each student to explore a special area of interest related to “crime.
a. Research essay: select a topic related
to “crime” that is of special interest to you. Working primarily
from professional journals and internet sources formulate a ten-page typewritten/word
processed essay that expresses both the issues that identify your selected
topic and your own perspective on the matter. Strive for a perspective
that is balanced and persuasive. If it all possible, avoid a simple
b. Crime Fiction: select a topic or theme related to “crime” that you would like to express in a creative
writing format. You might consider a short story, series of short stories, novella, screenplay, first
section(s) of a novel. The approach you choose should demonstrate understanding of the craft of
writing, as well as the issues and themes we address in our study of “crime” this quarter.
Assignment one is valued at four credits and thus demands, at a minimum, at least one hundred (100) hours of work, or 10 hours a week.
Assignment one is due during the 9th week on Thursday, November 30, 2000.
Assignment two: Everyday Lived Experience Journal
Each student is expected to maintain a journal
that pursues and reflects on the daily experience of “crime” in the U.S.A.
This journal should also include responses to the films reviewed, the remarks
of invited speakers, issues raised in seminar or small group discussions,
and so on. But more importantly, it should be a conscious effort
to ponder the issue of “crime” in one's daily lived experience. The
expectation is that each student will complete ten journal pages per week.
The journal will be reviewed by faculty during the
6th week (October 30th – November 3rd) at the scheduled faculty-student conference.
The completed journal (ninety pages) is due during the ninth week of the Quarter on Thursday, November 30, 2000.
Assignment three: Three-Page Response Essay, or Equivalent
During the quarter each student is expected to
complete seven (7) three-page response essays or their equivalent.
The three-page essay is expected to specifically address an issue that
is derived from the assigned readings for that week. The essay should
be analytical, coherent, logical and persuasive.
Most importantly the essay should clearly express a student's understanding of the assigned reading under examination.
The three-page “equivalent” can be an imaginative alternative to the response-essay described above. For example, you might consider some artistic motif, including creative reading, such as a word-image essay, a photo-essay, a collage combination, a poetic sequence, a fictional scene, a journalistic simulation, and so on. The important issue in developing and “equivalent” is that the mode of expression be clearly the equivalent of a three-page analytical essay. And of course students can and should attempt both methods of response.
The three-page response essays or equivalents
are due on the following dates:
1. October 5 2nd week
2. October 12, 3rd week
3. October 19, 4th week
4. October 26, 5th week
5. November 9, 7th week
6. November 16, 8th week
7. December 7, 10th week
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Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30
p.m. Lecture Hall II
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Library 2218 and 2219
Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Library
1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m., Organic Farmhouse
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