ARTD 3138 – Special Topics in Art History
Journey to Wakanda: African Art and Popular Culture
Undergraduate Seminar (Synchronous)
Thursdays: 5:05 – 7:50PM, via Zoom
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Richards
Office: Fridays via Zoom, 12:30 – 2:00PM (please pre-arrange time) or by appointment
Due to the specialized nature of this course, there is no required textbook. All readings for the course are available digitally, via the course’s Libguides page.
Students will be assessed through weekly reflection papers, a midterm and a final research paper. The grade distribution is as follows:
A+ = 100-97, A = 96-93, A- = 92-90, B+ = 89-87, B = 86-83, B- = 82-80, C+ = 79-77, C =76-
73, C- = 72-70, D+ = 69-67, D = 66-63, D- = 62-60, F = 59 - below
Students should be on time for Zoom virtual class sessions and prepared to participate in discussion (which means having completed all reading assignments prior to class). Although I cannot require that you turn your video camera on, I would encourage all of you to take online instruction seriously, which means setting aside time for our weekly meetings, finding a space that is quiet and comfortable, and being actively engaged in the virtual conversation. Be respectful and attentive to your instructor and classmates.
The faculty and administration of Brooklyn College support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism. Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both. The complete text of the CUNY Academic Integrity Policy and the Brooklyn College procedure for policy implementation can be found at www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/bc/policies. If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member MUST report the violation.
In order to receive disability-related academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services. Students who have a documented disability or suspect they may have a disability are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell at (718) 951-5538. If you have already registered with the Center for Student Disability Services, please provide your professor with the course accommodation form and discuss your specific accommodation with him/her.
Students are allowed to be absent from school to observe religious holidays, however they are responsible for any and all material they may have missed. It is the individual student’s responsibility to ensure that they are provided with this material. Students should contact the professor directly in these instances.
Observation of “Netiquette”: Compose all online communication (including e-mail correspondence) with fairness, honesty and tact. Spelling, grammar and appropriate tone are all important in an online environment. What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism and academic character. Online and e-mail communication that is demeaning or inconsiderate will result in immediate action. Therefore, it is important that you compose communication with respect for all readers.