Announcements

Final Grade on D2L (Saturday: August 18, 2018)

Hi everyone,

I have finished grading all the assignments. Please take a moment to check your D2L to make sure you have credit for the assignments you completed correctly. The final grade you see on D2L will be your grade for this course.

I will submit the grades on Monday, Aug. 20th morning. If you have any questions about your grades, you must contact me by Sunday, Aug 19th at 10:00 pm.

In addition, please remember to fill out your SIRS form at https://sirsonline.msu.edu. Please note that if you don’t complete a SIRS form, your final grades will be withheld for a week by the Registrar Office.

Thank you for all the hard work! I hope you all have a nice weekend, and a great Fall semester!


Feedback on Week 6 Assignments (Wednesday, August 15)

Hi everyone, your Week 6 assignment grades are in. Please check your D2L gradebook for accuracy.

I really enjoyed reading your Week 6 blog posts and comments. I saw some very insightful analyses and discussions. Since the topic of Science, Race, and Culture is extremely important and relevant today, I would like to stress the following points that you should have known from the course materials for Week 6.

1) Race is NOT a biological reality. If you went over every lecture video and every article, you should be able to identify the weaknesses of Armand Leroi’s article that reinstates “race” as a biological category. As Dr. Peterson stated in the lecture video, “Leroi began with a concept of race associated with geographical areas, familiar continental boundaries, and put those categories on the data… This is one example of the use of race as an organizing scheme to understand data prior to analysis.” In fact, human biological variation occurs in continuous gradients (clinal patterns) and eludes the sharp boundaries like race.

2) Race, genes, and diseases: Even though Leroi’s suggestion regarding improving medical treatment for different racial groups seems well-intended, it is still problematic to assume that there are fundamental biological differences between races. Remember that there is more genetic variation within any race than between those races.

Although some heritable diseases (such as Tay-Sachs disease, sickle cell anemia) are more prevalent in particular populations, as Dr. Peterson stated, “they are only a tiny fraction of the diseases considered under the label health disparities.” Remember that health and diseases are a result of the complex interactions between genes and different variables (including socioeconomic, cultural, environmental and historical ones). Genetic factors cannot account for the majority of racial disparities in health and diseases.

For your Final Project, I hope you can go through the webinar video and ALL the readings to make your arguments stronger and more comprehensive.

Finally, I would like to congratulate you all on your hard work so far! I hope you can continue enhancing your understanding of these issues and debates regarding race. They are matters of life and death and are extremely important for future of our societies.


Week 7 Prompt & SIRS (Saturday: August 11, 2018)

Hi everyone, I have released the Week 7 assignment prompt. No blog comments are required for the last week. You can also find the Final Project instructions in the schedule for Week 7.

Both the Week 7 Reflection Post and the Final Project must be turned in by Thursday, August 16 at 11:59 pm EST.

In addition, I would really appreciate it if you could take time to fill out your Student Instructional Rating System (SIRS Online) form. SIRS Online collects student feedback on courses and instruction at MSU. It is available between August 10 and August 28 at https://sirsonline.msu.edu.

Have a great weekend!


Notes on Week 5 Assignments & Grading Scale (Thursday: August 9)

Hi everyone,

Your grades for Week 5 assignments are available. Please check your grades on D2L to make sure they are accurate. If you receive individual feedback on D2L, please read it carefully to improve your future writings. Below is my general feedback for the whole class.

The Reflection Posts were overall pretty good. Most of you remembered to integrate and analyze readings in the reflections. For your Activity Posts, I really enjoyed reading your different high school experiences; however, some of you didn’t elaborate on or still felt confused about the idea of rationalization in Perry’s reading.

According to Perry, the construction of whiteness through rationalization is characterized by being beyond culture or “post-cultural.” It assumes that whiteness has replaced tradition and culture with reason, therefore more “rational” or “advanced” than the ethnic identities. In the case of the Clavey High School, rationalization is about how whiteness was made culturally invisible and more future-oriented while ethnic identities were viewed to have continuity with the past (therefore “less rational” in the Western value paradigm). The process of rationalization thus reinforces white superiority and racism.

Finally, here are the remaining assignments for the class with due dates:

  • Week 6 Two Blog Posts: 20 pts (Due Friday, August 10)
  • Week 6 Two Blog Comments: 20 pts (Due Sunday, August 12)
  • Week 7 One Blog Post: 10 pts (Due Thursday, August 16) *NO COMMENTS required for Week 7
  • Final Project: 30 pts (Due Thursday, August 16)

There are 80 possible points left for you to earn (out of total 300 points). Below is the grading scale for this class. You should be able to figure out an estimated grade for yourself. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Total Points Grade in % Final grade
270 – 300 90 – 100 4.0
255 – 269 85 – 89 3.5
240 – 254 80 – 84 3.0
225 – 239 75 – 79 2.5
210 – 224 70 – 74 2.0
195 – 209 65 – 69 1.5
180 – 194 60 – 64 1.0
179 or less < 60 0

Week 6 Reminders (Tuesday: August 7, 2018)

Hi everyone, I hope you all have been enjoying this week’s material on Science, Race, and Culture Today. The minimum word count for Week 6 assignments is a little longer than for the previous weeks. Please remember to submit them on time!

  • Week 6 Reflection post (300-word minimum) and Analytical post (300-word minimum): due by Friday, August 10 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Week 6 Blog comments (200-word minimum each): due by Sunday, August 12 at 11:59 pm EST

Additionally, I want to make a few important reminders:

1) Our semester officially ends on Thursday, August 16th. It means that you must turn in your Week 7 assignment and the Final Project by that date. I will release the Week 7 assignment prompts earlier (probably this Saturday morning).

2) On August 10th  I will be posting and sending out the SIRS (Student Instructional Rating System) link that will allow you to submit feedback on this course. Please be sure to complete the SIRS survey by August 28th. Otherwise, your final grades may be sequestered for a week after grade submission!


Feedback on Week 4 Assignments (Thursday: August 2, 2018)

Hi everyone, your grades for the Week 4 assignments are in. Please let me know if you didn’t receive credit for something you did correctly.

The overall quality of your blog posts is getting better! Just a reminder that all blog posts should include analyses (at least one paragraph or 3-5 sentences) that explicitly address particular themes from the lectures and readings.

Most of you did a good job on your activity posts! I have seen some insightful discussions and conversations. Thank you for sharing your experiences and/or thoughts with us. We will have a similar “find a related article” assignment for Week 6. In the Week 4 activity post, some of you forgot to include the link to the news article. Please remember to post the link next time!


Week 5 & Final Project  (Tuesday: July 31, 2018)

It’s already Week 5! Hang in there! The assignments for Week 5 include reflection/analytical posts and four comments, instead of two. This is the only week that requires four comments.

  • Week 5 Reflection post and Analytical post: due by Friday, August 3 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Week 5 Blog comments: due by Sunday, August 5 at 11:59 pm EST

Please note that late assignments will not be accepted. If you need some extra time to complete your assignments due to a family emergency, technical issues, or a personal illness, you must email me ahead of time.

In addition, there is a Final Project for this course, which is worth 30 points. More information on the Final Project is available here, and in the schedule for Week 7. The Final Project is due by 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, August 16. You can consider beginning it this week.


Feedback on Week 3 Assignments (Friday: July 27, 2018)

Hi everyone, I have finished grading Week 3 posts and comments. Please check your D2L gradebook and let me know if you have any questions.

Most of you did a good job on your Activity Post. For your Reflection Post, I would like to encourage you to engage the readings and lectures more critically. Instead of just summarizing the course materials individually, you can make connections across readings and/or contrast key concepts or ideas. Furthermore, you can assess both strengths and weaknesses of the concepts and consider how they relate to a broader issue or context.

I look forward to reading your Week 4 assignments! I will post a notice about our final project next week.


Week 4 Reminders (Tuesday: July 25, 2018)

Hi everyone, I have a busy schedule with my dissertation research this week. I will try to finish grading Week 3 assignments and post the grades by Thursday noon. Also, don’t forget the following deadlines:

  • Week 4 Reflection post and Activity post: due by Friday, July 27 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Week 4 Blog comments: due by Sunday, July 29 at 11:59 pm EST

Feedback on Week 2 Assignments (Wednesday: July 18, 2018)

Hi everyone, Grades for your Week 2 posts and comments are in. Good job overall! Many of you provided great examples of racialization and had insightful discussions. I have the following reminders for everyone:

1) Cite your sources: When you use any ideas or texts from outside sources, such as a book, article, website, or any other places, you must credit that source by citing it.

  • Citations: You need to include the last name of the author(s) and the year of publication in parentheses after the text you are quoting or paraphrasing. For example: (Smith 2006) or (American Anthropological Association 2014).
    • If you quote a source from a book or article directly, you must include the exact page number/range in your citation. For example: (Smith 2006, 18) or (Smith 2006, 113-114).
  • References: You need to provide a list of the sources you cited at the end of your post/comment. They should be formatted to the Chicago “Author-Date” style.

2) Proofreading: Do your best to avoid punctuation and grammar errors in your submitted assignments.

Also, remember that the following assignments are due this week!

  • Week 3 Reflection post and Activity post: due by Friday, July 20 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Week 3 Blog comments: due by Sunday, July 22 at 11:59 pm EST

I look forward to reading your Week 3 assignments. Keep up the hard work!


Week 2 Due Dates (Thursday: July 12, 2018)

Hi everyone, please remember the following assignments are due this week:

  • Week 2 Reflection post and Analytical post: due by Friday, July 13 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Week 2 Blog comments: due by Sunday, July 15 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Pre-Week 1 & Week 1 Assignment Revision (optional): due by Saturday, July 14 at 11:59 pm EST

Feedback on Pre-Week 1 & Week 1 Posts (Tuesday: July 10, 2018)

Hi everyone, I have finished grading Pre-Week 1 and Week 1 posts and comments. I really enjoy learning about each of you. Nice work on your interview and blog posts. Most of you found it challenging to interview strangers on the topic of race. As you looked through each other’s posts, you might notice some interesting patterns, especially in how responses varied by racial-ethnic background and generation. I am also really impressed by your reflection posts and discussions.

I want to give you some reminders:

1) You need to check your grades on D2L every week. I have left some of you feedback on your grade items to let you know how to improve your work next week.

2) Please follow the assignment instructions carefully. Be sure that your posts were categorized correctly, met the minimum word count, and that you actually published it to WordPress.

3) If you didn’t receive credit for something you did correctly, please email me ASAP.

4) For Pre-Week 1 and Week 1 ONLY: Some people were still confused about the class schedule and requirements. I am offering you the chance to revise your posts/comments to get some points back. Please email me a Word Document of your revised posts/comments (Pre-Week 1 & Week 1 only). They are due by Saturday, July 14 at 11:59 pm EST.


Wednesday: July 4, 2018

Hello, I just wanted to post a couple of reminders for everyone!

1) All the introductory posts so far are great! If you haven’t created your introductory post, please complete it by 11:59 pm EST today.

2) A few of you still haven’t changed your profile display name. You can easily edit your profile by hovering over your username in the upper-right corner of the site, and clicking “Edit My Profile.” Please enter your First Name and Last Name, and then select your full name in the “Display name publicly as” field.

3) If you experience any technical problems with the WordPress site, like your password isn’t working, or you are receiving an error message when trying to login, or you still haven’t received an email invitation, please contact the ANP help desk directly: anphelp@msu.edu

Hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July!


Monday: July 2, 2018

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the first official day of class! Under the “Schedule” tab, please take a look at the “Pre-Week 1” materials so you know how to login and use the class blog. Be sure to complete your introductory blog post (due on Wednesday July 4) and one post comment (due on Thursday July 5).

This week (July 2 – 8) is Week 1 of class. Here is an overview of the class schedule for your reference. It can also be found in the “Schedule” page.

  • Week 1:  July 2 – July 8
  • Week 2: July 9 – July 15
  • Week 3: July 16 – July 22
  • Week 4: July 23 – July 29
  • Week 5: July 30 – Aug 5
  • Week 6: Aug 6 – Aug 12
  • Week 7: Aug 13 – Aug 16

For Week 1 assignment, you are going to conduct a simple survey (“What is Race?”) with 6 strangers and record your answers, which will be the basis for one of your blog posts.

Remember, 3 blog posts and 3 comments are due this week (Pre-Week 1 & Week 1):

  • Wednesday July 4: Introductory blog post due by 11:59 pm EST
  • Thursday July 5: Introductory post comment due by 11:59 pm EST
  • Friday July 6: Activity post and Reflection post are due by 11:59 pm EST
  • Sunday July 8: Activity comment and Reflection comment are due by 11:59 pm EST

Please see update to this announcement in red below (July 1, 2018)

Wednesday: June 27, 2018

Welcome to ANP 330: Race, Ethnicity, and Nation. My name is Ying-Jen Lin and I will be your instructor for this course. Our class starts Monday July 2. Please read through this announcement carefully to get some idea of what will be required of you in this course!

A little bit about your instructor

I am a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at MSU. I am currently in Taiwan where I study the relationship between the politics of conservation and Indigenous peoples’ sovereignty.

I am not available 24 hours per day and am located in Taiwan, which means that I will be 12 hours ahead of East Lansing. Please allow at least 24 hours for me to respond to your email – do not wait until the last minute to ask questions or access videos!

Do I have to come to campus? No.

This is an online course. There are no exams and you never have to come to campus. You do need to have a high-speed Internet connection and you must log into the course website at least once a day to check for announcements.

Is this class on D2L? Yes and No.

The bulk of the class work is run through a WordPress site, including all of your weekly course materials and blog posts/comments; however, your grades (in the grade book) are located on the D2L site.

How do I access the WordPress site?

You will receive an invitation to the site in your MSU email by MONDAY JULY 2, which will give you access to the WordPress course site.

The URL for the WordPress course site is: http://anthropology.msu.edu/anp330-us18/ – you may not be able to login today, but you can at least view some of the pages. I have also posted most of this email as an announcement on the homepage if you ever lose track of this email and need to reference it.

NOTE: If you have taken an ANP online class before, you will likely already have a username/password for WordPress. If you receive an email without a physical link to access the course, go to: http://anthropology.msu.edu/anp330-us18/ and use the ‘forgot my password’ option when you try to login. Use your MSU email address and you should receive the new password. If this does not work, or you know you haven’t had an ANP online class before, contact the ANP help desk: anphelp@msu.edu. Please put the course number in the Subject line of this email, and clearly explain the issue you are having.

After you receive the invitation to the WordPress site, please watch the tutorials so you know how to login and change your password (note that this year’s website will look different than the one in the video).

Logging in: http://anthropology.msu.edu/common/logging-in-to-course-website/

Posting and commenting: http://anthropology.msu.edu/common/using-course-blog-posting-and-commenting/

 What is required of me if I take this course?

Please read through the “About the Class”, “Grading”, and “Contact” pages on the WordPress site to get more information about the course requirements and how the course is structured.  Please note that this course is writing intensive. You should expect to spend an average of 6 hours a week on this course. If you are in East Lansing this summer, the MSU Writing Center can provide you with one-on-one consultations as you write for this class. You can schedule appointments at writing.msu.edu.

 Are there any textbooks for this class? No.

All of the readings/videos will be posted on the WordPress course website under the Schedule tab for that week. Once you receive an invitation to the site, you will be able to access the “Pre-Week 1” unit which includes some quick videos as well as instructions for the first blog post assignments. Each Monday, I will release the new week’s materials under the schedule tab.

UPDATE: I have made the pages for each week available under schedule tab so you can access all the course materials throughout the whole class period. However, the assignment instructions for each week will be released on Monday mornings, so you need to complete the blog posts and comments DURING the week they are scheduled for.

 What is the username/password to watch the online course videos?

To watch ALL the online course videos, you will need to use the following universal login information. This password can be found in the intro email I sent out via D2L. Please DO NOT post this password on the WordPress site as anyone outside the class can see it and the videos as well. If anyone from class asks you for the video password, please send it via an email or direct them to the D2L “Announcements”.

I’m confused or have special circumstances, who do I ask for help?

If you have any questions about the website or the course, feel free to email me: linyingj@msu.edu and make sure to write ANP 330 in the subject line and include your name and email address at the bottom.

It’s after Monday July 2, and I did not receive an email invitation, what should I do?

Remember, the invitation will be arriving in your MSU email so just in case, check junk mail folder. If you have not received an invitation to the course site by the end of the day on Monday, please send me an email and I will get it figured out. Please put ANP 330 in the Subject line of this email, and clearly explain the issue you are having.

If you are experiencing other technical difficulties, like your password isn’t working, or you are receiving an error message when trying to login, or anything like that, you should directly email the tech help desk: anphelp@msu.edu.

I received an invitation but now it says the link is expired, what should I do?

It is important that you click the link and set up your account within 48 hours, otherwise the invitation will expire. Send us an email and we will get it figured out.

Finally, I will not be sending out anymore mass emails after this weekend.  All announcements will be posted on the WordPress site, so make sure you check it daily. However, I will send out this email again on Sunday so any students who added late will get it in their inbox so apologies in advance for the redundancy.

Anyhow, I am really excited about working with each of you this summer!

Best,

Ying-Jen Lin