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fka Peoples and Cultures of Europe)


ANTH 3635: Calendar Spring 2024

Due Dates s2024

Canvas Modules for Class Participants s2024
Canvas Simple Syllabus (.pdf) s2024



Society for the Anthropology of Europe

Countries, Cultures, Regions, and Territories of Europe

 topics and resources

 European Studies

  language dictionaries

  BBC News: Europe EurostatEuropa (EU)

Saturday, 25-May-2024 20:38:53 GMT
 

Europa and the Bull, Moreay.

Europa and the Bull

Enlèvement d'Europe
  Nöel-Nicolas Coypel, c. 1726


Anthropology of Europe Course Information


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Student Academic Integrity
-- UMD Office of Academic Affairs (Effective: November 22, 2011)

Use of AI-content generators for assignments in this class

When I taught Advanced Writing for the Social Sciences here at UMD, for over twenty-five years, my rule of thumb advice to students was to plan to spend 60% or more of their time and effort revising drafts (for academic type writing).

In 2001 Wikipedia appeared on the scene and very quickly became a useful tool as a starting point for many academic projects even though as an open-source resource the Wikipedia entries are not checked and verified in the same manner as other traditional reference materials.

Spelling and grammar checkers arrived on the general scene and helped with spelling and grammar checking, but, as you no doubt have discovered, they continue to require human editing.

And, of course, before that we had a selection of excellent Encyclopedia offering good starting points for many projects, the most popular being The Encyclopedia Brittanica.

And long before that there were libraries--since at least the days of Alexandria in Egypt, in the third century B.C.

The bottom line . . .

Today the evolution of research resources and aids continues with the relatively rapid appearance of ChatGPT and other automated content generators.

As many folks have already found out, they can be very useful as starting points, much like their predecessors. But, from the academic point of view, they are still only starting points.

Professors nationwide are for the most part advised, and even encouraged, to experiment with the potentials of ChatGPT and similar apps.

In this class it is fine to experiment, with the caveat that all of your written academic work demonstrates that your personal efforts—including content development and revision—reflect your personal originality, exploration, analysis, explanation, integrating and synthesizing of ideas, organizational skills, evaluation, and overall learning and critical thinking efforts.

That is to say you may experiment with the AI tool to do tasks such as e.g, brainstorming, narrowing topics, writing first drafts, editing text, and the like. AI-generated works should in no case be more than that.

In the end you need to become familiar enough with the various subjects, peoples, and places discussed in this class to research a topic and problem-solve on your own, and carry on an intelligent conversation about them in modern-day society . . . a conversation that goes byond your voicing an unsupported opinion.

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For the record, what follows is the official UMD Academic Integrity Policy. Note that "unless otherwise noted by the faculty member" this is the default policy.

"UMD’s Academic Integrity policy covers any work done by automated content generators such as ChatGPT or other generative artificial intelligence tools unless otherwise noted by the faculty member. These tools present new challenges and opportunities."

"Within the confines of this class The use of AI-content generators is strictly prohibited for any stage of homework/assignment (e.g., draft or final product). The primary purposes of college are developing your thinking skills, being creative with ideas, and expanding your understanding on a wide variety of topics. Using these content generating AI tools thwarts the goal of homework/assignments to provide students opportunities to achieve these purposes. Please make the most of this time that you have committed to a college education and learn these skills now, so that you can employ them throughout your life." -- Jennifer Mencl, UMD Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, 10 May 2023

Current information from the UMN Senate Committee on Educational Policy Resources

<https://provost.umn.edu/chatgpt-syllabus-statements>

See Also Using Wikipedia and other Standard Reference Works
 

 
Peoples and Cultures of Europe
Midterm Exam

see also information on ChatGPT and other AI-content Generators




When is it?


Wk 7 The Midterm Exam will be available Week 7, from 12:01 Monday, 19 February 2024 to 11:59 p.m. (10:00 p.m. starting time), Saturday, 24 February 2024
NOTE: There will be at least one question in the pool from each of the assigned videos from Weeks 1-7, so be sure not to miss watching them.
Video Listings: <https://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/troufs/anth3635/cevideo_schedule.html#week01>


The Wk 7 LIVE CHAT for the Midterm Exam will be Tuesday, 20 February 2024, from 7:00-8:00.



What will be covered?

The midterm exam will be on all class materials up to and including the end of Week 7

Will I be able to see all of the questions at once?

Yes.

In this class you can see all of the questions at one time. With the Canvas system exams can be set so that you can only see one question at a time, so it is a good idea to check.

Will I be able to return to a question during the exam?

Yes.

In this class you can actually move back and forth among questions, if you want to. With the Canvas system exams can be set so that you can move around from question to question, or not, so it is a good idea to check.

Whenever you move—to the next question, or back and forth among the questions—be sure to save your work before leaving the question you are on.




How long should your answers be?

Answer: About the same length as Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

The question of length is a good one. It's also a difficult one to answer as it depends on the question itself, your style of writing, the detail which you give to your examples, and—since this is an open-book exam where you basically could prepare questions in advance and then cut and paste from other sources (with proper credit given to those sources)—a good answer can vary quite a bit in length.

At a minimum you should have a beginning, a middle, and an end (sometimes also known as introduction, body, conclusion).

You should also be sure to answer the question(s) asked, and if there are two, three or more parts to a question, be sure to answer all of them.

Be sure to give examples when you make a statement.

I think it is a good thing to have a look at the OWL's advice before every exam:

 OWL logo--Online Writing Lab, Purdue University
 Writing Essays for Exams

To use their recommendations, a well focused, well organized, well supported, well packaged essay answer could be done (for most of the questions) in the equivalent of about a page and a half to two "normal" pages (double-spaced, one-inch margins, #11 or #12 font)—which is about 375-500 words.

How long was the Gettysburg Address?

263 or 268 or 270 words depending on which printed version you check

A standard "letter size" 8-1/2 X 11 sheet of paper has about 255 words, with a size 12 font

So your answer should be about one page long, two if you use the Owl's recommendations

 


REM: Be Sure to Discuss items . . .

When an essay question asks you to discuss one or more items or features, that first of all does not mean to simply listing things.

It is OK to begin your answer essentially with a list of what you intend to discuss, but listing is only the beginning.

There are many ways to discuss an item or feature. Some time-honored recommended strategies include using/following . . . :

    The Journalist's Questions
 
  • Who
 
(descriptive)
 
 
  • What
 
(descriptive)
 
 
  • When
 
(descriptive)
 
 
  • Where
 
(descriptive)
 
     
 
  • How
 
(analytic)
 
 
  • Why
 
(analytic)
 
 


And you can do this for more than one subtopic

For example, you could have one set of "Journalist's Questions" for women's reality and a separate set for men's reality

And you could have still another for widows, etc., . . .


  • Time Sequence
    T1 ---> T2 ---> T3 ---> T4 ---> . . .

    (In this case T1, etc., can equal scenes in the video, for example)


  • Space Sequence

    S1 ---> S2 ---> S3 ---> S4 ---> . . .

    (In this case S1, etc., could equal the spacial scenes in the video)

    (In other cases -- but not so easy to do with the information provided in this film -- with S1, etc., you could describe situations East to West, for example)


  • N number of items

    "Ten itms define the importance of. . . .

    First, . . . .
    Second, . . . ."
    Third, . . . ."
    Finally, . . . ."

  • Most Important ---> Least Important:

    "The most important partition of . . . between Kypseli men and women is. . . ."

    "Next in importance to the men is . . . while women. . . ."

    "The least important to the men in Kypseli is . . . while women. . . ."

  • Comparison / Contrast

    Note how things are the same and how they are different. In the Kypseli case, a logical comparison / contrast would be with / between "The Divided Reality" of the women's world and the men's world.

     
    Women
     
    Men
    Item # 1
    similar
    different
     
    similar
    different
    Item # 2
    similar
    different
     
    similar
    different
    Item # 3
    similar
    different
     
    similar
    different
    Item # 4
    similar
    different
     
    similar
    different
    Item # N
    similar
    different
     
    similar
    different

     

    • Emic (the "insider's" view) / Etic (the "outsider's" view)

    • Ethnography (description) / Ethnology (analysis)

Be sure to give to your examples, and—since this is an open-book exam where you basically could prepare questions in advance and then cut and paste from other sources (with proper credit given to those sources)—a good answer can vary quite a bit in length.

At a minimum you should have a beginning, a middle, and an end (sometimes also known as introduction, body, conclusion).

You should also be sure to answer the question(s) asked, and if there are two, three or more parts to a question, be sure to answer all of them.

Be sure to give examples when you make a statement.

I think it is a good thing to have a look at the OWL's advice before every exam:

 OWL logo--Online Writing Lab, Purdue University
 Writing Essays for Exams





How many questions will there be?

Your exam will have four questions. They will be selected from the questions that appear on the annotated Midterm Exam Canvas Discussion Study Page.

Canvas will give you four of those questions at random after you sign on to the exam.

Pay attention to the annotations as the original questions are quite often modified to make them a bit clearer, or a little easier to answer in 15 minutes (about the amount of time you will have per question), or to ask for your personal opinion and / evaluation . . .




Will all of the questions on the annotated Midterm Exam Canvas Discussion Study Page be included?

No.

Not all of the questions on the annotated Midterm Exam Canvas Discussion Study Page will be in the pool for the exam.  Duplicate questions, or questions that are essentially duplicate questions, will not be included; that is to say that there will be only one question in the pool on any given central topic.

Also, some questions are better questions for the Final Exam.  If in my annotations it says something like, "this would be a better question for the Final Exam" that means that it will not be in the question pool for the Midterm Exam.  (That does not mean that it will be in the pool for the Final Exam, it just means that it will not be in the Midterm Exam question pool).


What are the "Current Affairs" Questions Like?

Your exam will have one or more "current affairs" questions, that basically ask(s) you to apply what you have learned so far in the Anthropology of Food class.

Sample Current Affairs Question from s2015 Midterm Exam

If you get a current affairs question, think about answering it in therms of what was covered in the "Orientation and Background" section of the course . . .

COURSE STRUCTURE
 
ANTH 3635 Anthropology of Europe
consists of three main segments:

 
I  Orientation and Background  
  Introduction  
  Basic Concepts  
  History  
  Theory  
  Methods and Techniques  
     
II  Explorations  
  Comparative / Cross-Cultural  
  Holistic (holism slides.pptx)  
  Ethnographic Case Studies from the Real World: Real People . . . Real Places from Around Europe  
III  Student Presentations on Term Research Project  


The Course in a Nutshell

COURSE CONTENT
primarily comes from the following sources . . .

   
  • MAIN MEMO FOR THE WEEK . . .
  •    
  • IN-THE-NEWS. . .
  •    
  • VIDEO EXPLORATIONS. . .
  •    
  • SLIDE PRESENTATIONS. . .
  •    
  • READINGS FOR THE WEEK. . .
  •    
  • OTHER ASSIGNMENT INFORMATION . . .
  •    
  • MIDTERM AND FINAL EXAMS . . .
  •    
  • RESEARCH PROJECT INFORMATION. . . on a topic of your choice related to the course
  •    
  • DISCUSSIONS . . . including your personal experiences
  •    
  • (optional) EXTRA CREDIT. . . on a topic of your choice related to the course
  •    
  • OTHER (optional) . . .
  • Course Structure
       

    PLEASE NOTE:

    Both the Midterm Exam and Final Exam are open-book/open-notes essay exams.

    So there should be very little work and effort spent on memorizing facts, other than, perhaps, where to go to find the information you are looking for.

    More Information on Exams: Midterm/ Final


    Other words of advice?

    If I were preparing for the exam (an open-book/open notes exam) I would focus on the questions on the annotated Midterm Exam Canvas Discussion Study Page, paying special attention to the annotations.

    I would also read over the Weekly Memos (in this case the Memos for Weeks 1-6). 

    And I would review the text materials (see above) and the materials from the in-class videos and slides.

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    General Information on Grading in The Peoples and Cultures of Europe


    Use "The Curve" to figure out your letter grade


      A = 93.0-100+%   A- = 90.0-92.9%
    "The Curve"

    The actual numbers used to determine final grades may differ slightly (in your favor) because adjustments may be made after we go over the exams in class.
    B+ = 87.0-89.9%     B = 83.0-86.9%     B- = 80.0-82.9%
    C+ = 77.0-79.9% C = 73.0-76.9%   C- = 70.0-72.9%
    D+ = 67.0-69.9% D = 60.0-66.9%   F   = below 59.9%


         ~ "The Strike Zone"

         ~ Information on Standard Deviation (sometimes useful for interpreting your grade)

    Criteria for Grading College Papers

    Academic Policies

    Incompletes

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    Makeup Exams
    1. Please e-mail troufs@d.umn.edu to schedule a time.

    2. It usually takes several days for makeup exams to be returned to you

    3. Makeup Exam scores will be posted as soon as they are ready on the web on Canvas.

    4. Use "The Curve" to figure out your letter grade



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