24 August 2015

Extra credit
ASSIGNMENT & SCORING: Any HUM 212 student can choose to write a 3-4 page book review to earn extra bonus points from the book list below. Your book review score will be averaged with the lowest of your unit exam scores at the end of the semester. The new average will replace your lowest unit exam score. For example, a book review score of 90 could be averaged with a unit exam score of 70 for a result of 80. The score of 80 would replace the 70 in my gradebook. You just earned 10 extra points!

WRITING GUIDELINES: 3-4 pages; font=12; double space; place page numbers in parentheses after any direct quotations from your book.

CONTENT OF PAPER: (1) introductory section which provides the book’s author, title, approximate date of original publication (if known), and a brief preview for your readers about the subject matter of your book; (2) a section which provides a summary of the book’s key points that readers should know; (3) a final section which contains your own overall evaluation of the book: pros and cons, likes and dislikes. Was it easy to comprehend? (Why would USI students benefit from reading this book.)

BOOK LIST: Most, but not all, of these books are available from Rice Library.

GRADING: 50 Pts Writing Mechanics (Grammar, Spelleen, Punctuation, etc.) and 50 Pts Content. Total of 100 points. 

HUM 212 Book Review List
Nicholl, Charles. Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind. The Renaissance Man.
Wilson, Derek. Out of the Storm. Bio of Martin Luther.
Erasmus. Praise of Folly. Satirical attack against snobs and elitists.
King, Margaret L. Women of the Renaissance. Notable female writers and artists.
Parker, T. H. L. John Calvin: A Biography. Father of Protestantism, American style.
Hill, Frances. A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials. Witches!
Donnelly, J. P. Ignatius Loyola: Founder of the Jesuits. Catholic promoter of education.
Weir, Alison. The Life of Elizabeth I. America’s favorite queen, so says Dr. Plath.
Ackroyd, Peter. The Life of Thomas More. Martyr for his church, traitor to his king.
D’Aulaire and D’Aulaire. Columbus. Columbus’s impact, warts and all.
Innes, Hammond. The Conquistadors. How the Spanish conquered Mexico.
Weidhorn, M. The Person of the Millennium. Biography of Galileo.
Sahakian, Mabel. John Locke. Bio of the father of natural rights.
Armitage, Angus. Copernicus, The Founder of Modern Astronomy. Biography.
Weymouth, L. Thomas Jefferson: The Man, His World, His Influence. Biography.
Tomalin, Claire. The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft. The first modern feminist.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. A cautionary tale about the dangers of modern science.
Wheen, F. Karl Marx: A Life. Biography of the father of communism.
Ross, I. S. Life of Adam Smith. Biography of the father of free-market capitalism.
Westfall, R. The Life of Isaac Newton. The man who discovered the law of gravity.
Overy, R. The Dictators: Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia. Who was worse?
Goldhagen, Jonah. Hitler’s Willing Executioners. Germans who joined Hitler.
Metaxis, Eric. Bonhoeffer. Biography of the Lutheran pastor turned Nazi resister.
Chambers, Whittaker. Witness. Former Communist confesses his past.
Downs, Frederick. The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War. A soldier’s story.
Ayers, William. Fugitive Days. 1960s antiwar terrorist who regrets nothing.
Rudd, Mark. Underground. 1960s antiwar terrorist who regrets everything.
Sides, Hampton. Hellhound on His Trail. The manhunt for M. L. King’s assassin.
Weisel, Elie. Night. Gripping memoir of teen who survives Nazi death camps
Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City. A serial killer at the Chicago World’s Fair.
Sides, Hampton. Ghost Soldiers. The rescue of Bataan Death March survivors in WWII.
Hersey, John. Hiroshima. Lives of six survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast.

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Extra credit ASSIGNMENT & SCORING: Any HUM 212 student can choose to write a 3-4 page book review to earn extra bonus points from […]


24 August 2015

Comperhensive case- reaching gen Y retail employeescomperhensive case- reaching gen Y retail employees
Paper details 
q1: what are the major lessons to be learned from this case? q2: what would yoi recommend that a retailer do to (a) attract (b) train (c) retain good Gen Y employees? q3: how would you improve productivity of Gen Y employees? q4: what would you do to ensure that Gen Y and baby boomer employees in a retail firm feel that they are on the same team? q5: how could a retailer satisfy its needs with regard to proper saffing during all store hours including mornings, evenings and weekends and the desire by Gen Y employees for a work life balance? q6: substantial number of Gen Y retail employees do not enjoy their interactions with customers and do not find customers to be friendly and understanding. what would you recommend to turn around these attitudes? q7: from a human resource management perspective comment on this statement: ” older shopper rate the quality of the shopping experience when making a purchase as significantly more important than Gen Y shoppers

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Comperhensive case- reaching gen Y retail employeescomperhensive case- reaching gen Y retail employees Paper details  q1: what are the major lessons to be learned […]


24 August 2015

How the author presents the role of identity in determining one's loyalty and betrayalHow the author presents the role of identity in determining one's loyalty and betrayal
Paper details 
This is a 4000 word essay with the topic sentence described above. I will provide the book and essay guidelines.

The above topic sentence can be evaluated with the following things which can be read in the book.
i) the unpredictability of loyalty and devotion in man.
ii)Identity does not necessarily evoke loyalty
iii)Irony of one's own betraying
iv) finding companionship, friendship, devotion, from unfamiliar domains
v) how this leads to a change of heart.

Where to look at: (Not complete yet)
Deeti's marriage
Kaula-Deeti's relationship
Paullete (her relationship with Jodu, Mr Burnham. how her identity is lost, trees plants)
Baba Nob Kissan (tiny betrayal of his own, loyalty towards Paullete. Ma Taramony)
Societal betrayal of widows (Ma Taramony)
Neel (social circle, alokeshi, isolation, transfomation,Raskhali,Ah Fatt)
Ah Fatt's story
Kabutri (How Deeti betray's her)
Relations on the Ibis (The place becomes a melting point or pot, where everything is forgotten (the old relations) and new ones are found
When they are sailing, they are freed from earlier identities and duties so that they can change and adapt and from new identities
Neel's son
Zachary and Serang Ali ( How Ali grooms him up fro command etc)
Marriage on the Ibis
The “coolies” are promised good food, fair work etc before they find out the truth
Parimal
White men on Neel's boat
British betraying of these princes
The turmoil on the Ibis, the storm before they get together
Burnham nad Zachary
The tattoo
Bridging the unbridgeable gap
Language shared between Serang Ali and Zachary
Bhyro Singh
Opium factory (it stands as a symbol of the British betrayal of people)
This list will get more detailed as I read the book more and finish it

This is what referencing looks like in the footnote of the body text

Lines 703-709, Book IX, ‘Why then was this forbid? Why but to awe,/ Why but to keep ye low and ignorant,
His worshippers; he knows that in the day/ Ye eat thereof, your eyes that seem so clear,/ Yet are but dim, shall perfectly be then/Opened and cleared, and ye shall be as gods,/Knowing both Good and Evil as they know.’

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How the author presents the role of identity in determining one's loyalty and betrayalHow the author presents the role of identity in determining one's […]


24 August 2015

Book report

BOOK REPORT PROMPT


The Jungle’s author, Upton Sinclair, famously quipped about his novel, “I aimed at the public’s heart and by accident I hit it in the stomach.”
·      What do you think Mr. Sinclair meant when he said this?  Explore.
·      How was the novel connected to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906?
·      Do you think the meat production industry in the early 1900s needed to be regulated? 
·      Do you think it needs to be regulated in today’s world? 
·      Why or why not?

Also explore these issues in your paper:

The world described in The Jungle still exists

Sweatshops, poor working conditions and slave wages have been a problem since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. While it is now rare to find a sweatshop in America, the problem has definitely been exported overseas.
           The recent textile factory fires and building collapse in Bangladesh again focused the world's attention on this issue. In late November 2012, a fire in a Bangladeshi textile factory killed over 100 workers. Another fire which just occurred in early 2013 killed more textile workers in Bangladesh. Then on April 24, 2013, an eight-story building outside the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, that housed several garment factories collapsed killing over 1,000 factory workers.

As NPR's Scott Neuman, wrote “The April 24 collapse of Rana Plaza, where apparel was made for several Western retailers, has sparked an international outcry over substandard working conditions in Bangladesh, where workers have some of the lowest wages in the world and the garment industry is largely unregulated.”

See http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/07/10/200644781/Bangladesh-Collapse-The-Garment-Workers-Who-Survived

this isn’t the first time overseas sweatshops have been in the news — Nike, Apple and Wal-Mart have faced similar criticism. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5uYCWVfuPQ
Discuss.

Is it ethical for business owners to export jobs America to third world countries? Explore fully.

Is it good business to allow products to be manufactured by workers in sweatshops who are not paid a living wage? Is there a solution to this problem?  Explore.

Legislation is typically a reaction to crises

The passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act was intimately connected to Upton Sinclair’s expose in The Jungle.

Are there any other books that have influenced the passage of legislation in America? Also explore other crises that have led to the passage of significant legislation – like the Great Depression, race relations in the 20thCentury, destruction of the environment, the 2008 economic meltdown. What legislation was passed in the wake of these crises? How was the legislation supposed to work? Did it work?





MLA style essay

You should be able to answer these questions in a well-formulated 1500 word MLA style essay (5 to 6 pages 12 point font – Times New Roman, Arial, Tahoma – double spaced).  See this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22CPQoLE4U0  for instructions on formatting an MLA style essay. In your essay. do not be afraid to express your opinions about the book, sweatshops in the today’s world or legislative reactions to societal problems.

Finish the book before we start Employment Law class sessions.  Your papers must be printed and turned in on the last day of class.


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Book report BOOK REPORT PROMPT The Jungle’s author, Upton Sinclair, famously quipped about his novel, “I aimed at the public’s heart and by accident […]


24 August 2015

(Ex. Identifying and explaining an underlying critique of the medical profession in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Wit).(Ex. Identifying and explaining an underlying critique of the medical profession in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Wit).
Paper details 
04 Research Paper
A research paper is one of the requirements for successful completion of this course. Because you are taking an accelerated version of a course offered at every university across America, your paper will not be as long or require as many sources. In all other respects, the requirements remain the same.
Think of this paper as an expanded version of the other essays you will write in this course. In addition to being longer, this paper also requires you to use as evidence not only facts from the literary text but also information gathered from other sources. Because you are writing a paper on a literary topic, your sources will be reviews, literary criticism, and /or essays written by expert authors. As always, it is important that you write from credible, reliable, and intellectually appropriate sources.
Please use the following as guideline for the work.
1. The paper will be at least 2000 words.
2. You will use at least four secondary sources in addition to the literary text or texts you are analyzing. For our purposes, primary sources include the actual story, poem, or play under discussion while the secondary sources are articles written about those texts.
3. All sources must be correctly documented in MLA style. Refer to your Hacker guide or the Purdue Online Writing Lab (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/) for reference to this.
4. Your paper will include both in-text (or parenthetical) citations and a Works Cited page. This will not be included in your word count. All works you consult, including the bibliographical information for the story, poem, or play must be included. For help, please view:
In-text citations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK2W7QZN7RQ
(You can stop listening at 4:00).
Works Cited Page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF3r4T_LkQM&feature=relmfu

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(Ex. Identifying and explaining an underlying critique of the medical profession in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Wit).(Ex. Identifying and explaining an underlying critique of […]


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