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Understanding Global Cultures

 Fall Semester 2017

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Extra Credit Opportunities

f2017 Extra Credit Paper(s)
due by the end of Week 13, by Saturday, 25 November 2017

Upload your Extra Credit Paper(s) in your Moodle Week 13 "Activities" Section

AVISO: Late Extra Credit Papers will not be accepted unless (1) arrangements for an alternate date have been arranged in advance, or (2) medical emergencies or similar extraordinary unexpected circumstances make it unfeasible to turn in the assignment by the announced due date. Why?

You may earn extra credit . . .

. . . by doing a case study

and / or

. . . by writing a review of a public lecture or by doing a film / lecture / event review on an optional qualifying film or lecture presentation or event

Boiled down to the essentials, the requirements for a review extra credit paper are fairly simple:

  1. For the film / lecture / event review extra credit you need to watch/attend a film or a lecture

  2. LENGTH: Your report should be a page and a half or so (about the length of a movie review in a newspaper or magazine), with two parts . . .

    1. a summary of the film or lecture or event, and your reaction to and evaluation of it

    2. additional information on style, length . . . is below

If you have other films or lectures in mind, just check in with their titles or other information.

You may do one Extra Credit Film / Lecture / Event review

and / or one Extra Credit Case Study paper


(Please Note: For the Film / Lecture Review Option you must choose a feature-length film or a documentary relevant to the class that is not assigned in class.)

Instructions and supporting information


Extra Credit Film / Lecture / Event Review Option

(Please Note: For the Film / Lecture Review Option you must choose a feature-length film or a documentary relevant to the class that is not assigned in class.)

As mentioned in the "Note on Videos and Visual Anthropology" one of the four main characteristics of American Anthropology is fieldwork, and the next best thing to hopping a bus or plane is going to places and viewing subjects by film.

Although in Anthropology of Food we view a substantial number of videos, in the area of Food and Culture many hundreds of quality films exist--including feature films, documentaries, "shorts," interesting YouTube vignettes.

For the Film / Lecture Review Option choose a feature-length food film or a documentary that is not assigned in class and review it, as you might for a column in your college newspaper.

Recommended "Optional" and "Supplementary" videos are listed on your Moodle page "Topic Presentations" sections. This same information is also available for the semester on the "Video Schedule" page.

Feature-length food films and major documentaries (that qualify for Extra Credit) are listed on the "Food Films" page.

See also the information on reviewing films.

Qualifying public lectures will be announced as opportunities arise. The public lectures extra credit option could include approved lectures available on-line from Open University type lectures availble from some universities.

On-Line Lectures
from Other Universities and Organizations


Extra credit Film / Lecture Reviews can receive up to 30 points -- if they are turned in on time.

Point guidelines . . .

A-grade papers receive up to 28 - 30 points

B-grade papers receive 25 points

C-grade papers receive 20 points

"The Curve"



Instructions and Supporting Information

  • Other useful information is available on the "Writing Labs, On-Line Assisstance, and Reference Works" page

  • For your footnotes, "bibliography" ("Works Cited" or "References"), and other matters like that, use either the APA (American Psychological Association) citation style, the MLA (Modern Language Association) style, the CMS (Chicago) style, or the CBE (Council of Biology Editors) style. Don't make up your own.

This course is governed by the . . .

University of Minnesota Duluth Student Academic Integrity Policy

UMD Office of Student and Community Standards

"Academic dishonesty tarnishes UMD's reputation and discredits the accomplishments of students. UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This pledge can only be redeemed in an environment of trust, honesty, and fairness. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community. In keeping with this ideal, this course will adhere to UMD's Student Academic Integrity Policy, which can be found at [http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/integrity/Academic_Integrity_Policy.htm]. This policy sanctions students engaging in academic dishonesty with penalties up to and including expulsion from the university for repeat offenders." — UMD Educational Policy Committee, Jill Jensen, Chair (08/16/2007)

and the UMD Student Conduct Code

and the

Student Conduct Code Statement (students' rights)

The instructor will enforce and students are expected to follow the University's Student Conduct Code [http://www1.umn.edu/regents/policies/academic/Student_Conduct_Code.html]. Appropriate classroom conduct promotes an environment of academic achievement and integrity. Disruptive classroom behavior that substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor's ability to teach, or student learning, is prohibited. Disruptive behavior includes inappropriate use of technology in the classroom. Examples include ringing cell phones, text-messaging, watching videos, playing computer games, doing email, or surfing the Internet on your computer instead of note-taking or other instructor-sanctioned activities." — UMD Educational Policy Committee, Jill Jensen, Chair (08/16/2007)

Instructor and Student Responsibilities Policy


A Note on Extra Credit Papers

Failure to comply with the above codes and standards when submitting an Extra Credit paper will result in a penalty commensurate with the lapse, up to and including an F final grade for the course, and, at a minimum, a reduction in total points no fewer than the points available for the Extra Credit project. The penalty will not simply be a zero for the project, and the incident will be reported to the UMD Academic Integrity Officer in the Office of Student and Community Standards.


A Note on "Cutting and Pasting" without the Use of Quotation Marks
(EVEN IF you have a citation to the source somewhere in your paper)

If you use others' words and/or works you MUST so indicate that with the use of quotation marks. Failure to use quotation marks to indicate that the materials are not of your authorship constitutes plagiarism—even if you have a citation to the source elsewhere in your paper/work.

Patterned failure to so indicate that the materials are not of your own authorship will result in an F grade for the course.

Other instances of improper attribution will result in a 0 (zero) for the assignment (or a reduction in points equal to the value of an Extra Credit paper), and a reduction of one grade in the final grade of the course.

All incidents will be reported to the UMD Academic Integrity Officer in the Office of Student and Community Standards as is required by University Policy.


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