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A Coordinated Studies Program for Fall 2000

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Program Covenant

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


  WEEK ONE  September 26th and September 28th

    Readings:      1. Voigt et al, Part 1, Chapters 1 & 2
                            Geis and Bienen, introduction
                        2. Chandler

    Film:       The Maltese Falcon

    Themes: Introduction
                       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
                    3.  Chandler

  Themes:      Critical Thinking
                     Sleuthing:  Reading as Practice/Literary Theories

  DUE:  October 5th:  1st response-essay, or equivalent

WEEK THREE  October 10th and October 12th

  Readings:     1.   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

Themes:       Critical Thinking/Cultural Studies
                    Arrivals:  Pop, Pulp, Genre, Heroes

DUE  October 12th  Second response-essay, or equivalent

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, or equivalent

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 Social Construction
                   The Facts:  True Crime/More Fictions

DUE  October 26th:  Fourth response-essay, or equivalent

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, Chapters 5-9
                 2.  Rafter, Chapter 6
                 3.  Kristeva

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
                3.  Kristeva

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, Chapters 1-4
                      Voigt et al, Chapter 12
                  2.  Alexie

Themes:      Corporate Crime
                   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 5-9
                2. Alexie

Themes:  Corporate Crime (continued)
              Case Closed:  Wrap-up and Pizza

DUE  December 7th:  7th Response essay, or equivalent

EVALUATION WEEK:  December 11th – December 15th

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Program Assignments

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 polemic.
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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Program Schedule and Location:

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 1316
 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m., Organic Farmhouse

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