Course Rules

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“Pop Culture” will be taught in the Winter of 2013 by Judy Coleman.


Please do not use my telephone to contact me concerning any course issues, including assignments, emergencies, or medical absences.   I reserve my telephone for College administrative issues.

Contact me by email.

Please do not email me to ask what we covered on a given week when you are absent. I will ignore inquiries of this kind. Consult this website for details or ask a friend or study partner.


The required readings for this course may be accessed through the course’s website ( ).  There is no physical textbook required for “Pop Culture.”

While we may not specifically refer, in class, to many ideas addressed by the readings, students are responsible for demonstrating, through the quality of their written work, in essays and on tests, that they have covered the readings and incorporated the ideas into their presentations.  On test responses, students must refer specifically to ideas and citations from readings.


“Pop Culture” is a course in which many controversial ideas and social issues are addressed.  Students are required to be orderly, polite, and attentive to the views of their classmates.

Although natural “crowd responses” (eg. laughter, etc, when appropriate) are encouraged, students should not talk when their classmates or professor are speaking or making a point.  When the person who is speaking at a given time is finished, please feel free to respond, or to make a new point.  Those who talk repeatedly during lectures or during the showing of films will be asked to leave and will lose marks, without notice, at the discretion of the professor.

Enter the room quietly while a presentation or lecture is being given, or while a film is being shown; close the door gently.  Noise can be very distracting, both to the professor and to the audience; wait until there is a natural break between class events / enter very quietly.


“Pop Culture” can be a very enjoyable and worthwhile experience.  The class provides immeasurable rewards in many other aspects of students’ professional and personal lives.

The most important thing that we ask you to do, though, is to ATTEND.  It is impossible, theoretically, to participate fully if you do not attend. Watching the weekly films or listening/responding to your classmates’ views are extremely valuable parts of this learning experience, and will be evaluated.

There are 14 classes (7 before Intersession Week and 7 after IW).  Students will be required to sign in for the class in the first half hourof the class.

Signing in is a very important responsibility.  It is not the professor’s responsibility to see that you are there, and to record your attendance.  It is your responsibility to record your own attendance, when the sheet is passed around.  If you forget to sign in, even on a day when you are present, you will be considered to be absent.

In the end, your attendance mark out of 14 will be calculated as a mark out of 10.  Students who have missed MORE THAN FOUR classes out of 14 will relinquish/lose their entire mark (10%) for participation.

Thus, a mark of less than 10 out of 14, will be not be considered, and will be deleted from the student’s evaluation.

14 10
13.5 9.65
13 9.3
12.5 8.9
12 8.6
11.5 8.2
11 7.85
10.5 7.5
10 7.14
less than 10 0


Attendance for tests (Mid-term: week 7; Final: week 15) is mandatory.  No rescheduling of tests will be accommodated without medical documentation—all make-up tests are oral/spoken tests, conducted on an individual basis.  Thursday students may not attend Friday tests and vice versa, without advance permission from the professor.


The professor will conclude that all students who have received these course materials have read them and, thus, agreed to abide by them.  Students’ later/subsequent claims of “lack of knowledge,” with respect to the expectations of this course, will not be deemed valid.