Fabio Girelli-Carasi

ITALIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND FILM
CORE 3103
(code 23690 NET1)
SPRING 2017

POLICIES AND REQUIREMENTS

Policy on Academic Integrity


Academic dishonesty of any type, including cheating and plagiarism, is unacceptable at Brooklyn College. Cheating is any misrepresentation in academic work. Plagiarism is the representation of another person's work, words, or ideas as your own. Students should consult the Brooklyn College Student Handbook for a fuller, more specific discussion of related academic integrity standards. Faculty members are encouraged to discuss with students the application of these standards to work in each course. Academic dishonesty is punishable by failure of the "test, examination, term paper, or other assignment on which cheating occurred" (Faculty Council, May 18, 1954). In addition, disciplinary proceedings in cases of academic dishonesty may result in penalties of admonition, warning, censure, disciplinary probation, restitution, suspension, expulsion, complaint to civil authorities, or ejection.


(Adopted by Policy Council, May 8, 1991.)

 

Syllabus Calendar

EMAIL POLICY   Read and comply with all the requirements

YOU MUST HAVE A PROFESSIONAL EMAIL ADDRESS

1.  A professional email address allows the recipient of a message to identify the sender instantly without having to solve a puzzle. It is crucial particularly in work-related situations (which is exactly what college is.)

2. Your email address must contain your FULL NAME AND LAST NAME.

Example: (although it's hard to believe you need suggestions)

joesmith@email.com    joe.smith@email.com   joe-smith@email.com    smithjoe@email.com    

Other common method: insert # & *% between first and last name

joe&smith@email.com

Add digits to your name:   joesmith123@email.com  joe.smith123@email.com

NEVER use sequences from your SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.  In particular NEVER use the last four digits.

To facilitate access to the blog and other functions (private youtube etc) I recommend using GMAIL.

 

SCREEN NAME

When you create your account, make sure the screen name (the name that shows up in the receiver's inbox) is your FIRST and LAST NAME. No pseudonyms, or nicknames, please.

This is what your screen name must look like.

If you need to change your screen name on gmail, go to YOUTUBE. You will find dozens of tutorials.

In the past HOTMAIL blocked communications with Yahoo and Gmail (or viceversa.) If you choose HOTMAIL, your messages may not arrive to destination.

 For all communications, send a message to the course email account.

 

3.

ETIQUETTE

  1. Treat EMAIL as a FORMAL means of communication.
  2. In the SUBJECT always enter the main topic of your message.
  3. Don't recycle old messages when you initiate a new conversation.
  4. If you REPLY attach the original message at the bottom (set the options accordingly.)
  5. ALWAYS begin with salutations or the recipient's name.
  6. ALWAYS append your signature at the end (set your email program to do it automatically.)

    THE BODY
  7. Avoid abbreviations, slang and cuteness. Use capital letters and punctuation. No stream of consciousness.
  8. The use of magic words (please, thank you) and politeness in general is strongly encouraged.

    THE SMART THING TO DO
     
  9. Exchange phone numbers or email addresses with your classmates.
  10. Avoid writing to your instructors to tell them you were not in class (they already know) or will miss class; to ask for a summary of the lecture; or to ask for the assignment.  Email/call a classmate instead.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  • BLOG: this is the equivalent of class attendance and participation. I expect all to participate fully, exchange ideas and develop a line of thinking. I welcome open discussions and disagreements.  This class is both safe and free: safe to express and explore opinions and perspectives without fear of repercussions from anyone. I encourage you to try thinking outside your comfort zone and consider, for a moment, that you may be "wrong" in your positions. See what happens to your mind and let us know. Of course, civility is a must.
     
  • TESTS AND QUIZZES: I will administer tests and quizzes with due notice. In order to pass you will have to engage in DEEP READING.  "Deep Reading" begins with reading SLOWLY, with attention and taking notes of the aspects that strike you as most relevant. It also involves writing down notes about your impressions, ideas, intuitions, insights. The technique also applies to screening visual materials.

    It will test your knowledge of the texts (reading and visual). This is to ensure that you are prepared to join the discussions and contribute with your opinions and ideas. There are no make-ups.

  • REQUIRED READING: It is your responsibility to acquire the books required for the course.
    I DID NOT PLACE AN ORDER WITH THE BC BOOKSTORE (you can find better prices online.)

    You can use an ebook version, if you prefer. My personal preference is for hard copies where I can underline passages and scribble in notes and asterisks.
     

    • Pascal D'Angelo: SON OF ITALY (Publisher: Guernica Editions Inc. 2003.
      ISBN-13: 978-1550710984
       
    • Pietro DiDonato:  CHRIST IN CONCRETE (Publisher: NAL Trade, 2004.)
      ISBN: 0-451-21421-8
      ISBN-13: 978-0451214218

       
    • Mario Puzo: THE GODFATHER (Publisher: NAL Trade, 2002).
      ISBN 10: 0451205766
      ISBN 13: 9780451205766
       
  • REQUIRED SCREENING: You can obtain the FILMS at the Language Lab in Boylan 4316.
    We will screen selected films from this list:
    • The Blackhand
    • The Skyscrapers of New York
    • The Italian
    • L'emigrante
    • Sacco e Vanzetti
    • Give Us This Day
    • The Godfather
    • Marty
    • Moonstruck
    • True Love
    • Kiss me Guido

    WRITING ASSIGNMENTS:
    • Each assignment must be sent to the correct email address.
    • Each assignment must be on time.
    • Each assignment must have the correct file name.
    • Each assignment must be sent via email attached to a message with the correct subject.

      FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE FORMAL REQUIREMENTS WILL RESULT IN THE REJECTION OF THE ASSIGNMENT.

      NO EXCEPTIONS.
        NO GRADES FOR LATE ASSIGNMENTS.

  • DEADLINES: they are the equivalent of class attendance. Every deadline will be given with due advance notice.
     
  • PORTFOLIO
     
    • All graded assignments and quizzes must be filed in a 3-ring binder. Pick one up for free in my office.
    • The portfolio is due the last week of class. It must be brought to my office or left in the Language Lab (Boylan 4316).
    • FAILURE TO TURN IN THE PORTFOLIO AT THE END OF THE COURSE WILL RESULT IN A FAILING GRADE (F).
    • Delays will incur a penalty in the final grade (one full letter grade per day).


 

  FINAL GRADE
 

TESTS

1. Son of Italy

2. Christ in Concrete

3. The Godfather

 

Each of these books is worth a full letter grade.

If you fail, it will be deducted from the overall grade.

QUIZZES for FILMS and other materials.

 35%

Writing Assignments
 

35%

 Blog

25%

Final Exam

5%

TOTAL

100%

 

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS

 SOFTWARE
  • A professional email account.
  • Writing program: either MS WORD or --  free, OPENOFFICE (see me for details.)
  • A graphic program (change image format image, resize etc.)
  • Audio/video recorder.
  • Audio/video player (free, Windows media, Quicktime etc.)
  • Adobe reader (free, for pdf documents.)
  • SKYPE (free download.)

SKILLS

  • Ability to work with an email program for downloading and uploading files.
  • Ability to navigate the Web and use search engines.
  • Ability to post to blogs.