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Created: August 11, 2003
Latest Update: January 10, 2004

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Index of Topics on Site Minimal Requirements for CRMJ/SOCA 352: Law and Social Change
The following categories and timelines were set up to help guide you through a reasonable scheduling of the course preparations and your measurements of learning. Few of us in today's fast track are reasonable. But having a schedule to react against is sometimes a solace. We have tried to indicate our minimal requirements for passing the course. Getting a B or an A, as in any course, depends on doing exceptional work. Your actual preparations and your grade are up to you. Sometimes it makes more sense to take a B, and live your life more fully. For many of us, these are "the good old days." Our respect for you and your right to answerability does NOT depend on your grade.

There are numerous examples of how to submit and edit your submissions, oral or written, if you want to improve your grade.

Because so much of our work is up online you have more latitude to adapt your learning to your lived experience. That doesn't mean that you should wait until the last week of school to focus on this course. At that point you may not like our answer. Remember, dialog is a two-way or multi-way discourse, not monologic. And if you leave all your work until the last week, you don't leave us much room for answering, and you're not likely to have aesthetically produced a network relationship that you can depend on for support. Worse, such a use of your time would suggest you haven't learned the basic lessons of the course.

Site and Text Literacy: First and Second Weeks:

  • Basics

      You should know:

    • Know the names of your texts and the authors at least well enough to discuss them in class or on the Internet. (See syllabi under Academic Assessment on Weekly Issue homepage.)
    • It's a good idea to know the teacher's name, too, and where to find her schedule. (See syllabi under Academic Assessment on Weekly Issue homepage.)
    • Be able to find the site on whatever computer we have at hand. (Search for dear habermas on most search engines, including the school main homepage.)
    • Be able to access the Weekly Issue homepage. (Link from Main Home Page of site.)
    • Be able to access the site index, the vocabulary index, the concept index, and the Topics Index. (link from either Main home page or Weekly Issue homepage - under the Blue Angel logo.)
    • Be able to access the Topics Index and the site index from any page of the site. (For Site Index link on Blue Angel. For topics index, on most pages you can link on the teaching essay icon with the Title.)
    • Be able to access the Weekly Preparations Page for your class. (Link from Academic Assessments on the Weekly Issue home page.)

      You should be able to share:

    • Be prepared to share either a photo essay or magazine or newspaper photos or articles or whatever, that will let the class begin to identify with you as a person with specific interests in our learning community.


      You should know:

    • answerability
    • the aesthetic process of answerability in dialog
    • non-answerability
    • illocutionary force
    • normative discourse
    • dominant discourse
    • climate of learning
    • to conceptually link


      You should recognize the names of:

    • Bakhtin
    • Habermas


      You should have thought about:

    • Be able to discuss the grading policy of the class and how it differs from some grading policies.
    • Be able to explain how the aesthetics of answerability fits into learning and the creation of a climate of learning.
    • Be able to conceptually link the concept of aesthetic process to theory.

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