All electronic devices are to be turned off and kept out of sight while in the classroom or you will be asked to leave.



COURSE                     FSEM 111 LL

TIME/LOCATION      Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:20 Steinman 214

INSTRUCTOR           Pandel Collaros

OFFICE                       211 Steinman

HOURS                       by appointment

PHONE                       304-829-7331


WEB PAGE      






This seminar is designed to develop and foster reading, critical thinking, and writing skills.




Using the phenomenon of the Beatles as a basis for further exploration, we will consider the social, political, and cultural events of the "60s."  Activities may include reading, DVD screenings, lectures, discussion, listening to audio recordings, quizzes, and written assignments.




The characterization of an absence as excused or unexcused is irrelevant for grading in this course.  Theoretically, one may have legitimate reasons to miss every meeting.  Nevertheless, attendance is required to successfully complete all assessed activities.  My position is that if one misses multiple meetings for any reason, then

      that student is not adequately prepared to take the class during that semester and/or

      that one should not take the class during that semester in which absences are likely and/or

      that one should withdraw from the class in the event that absenteeism develops for whatever reason(s).


It is also my position that being late for a class will be assessed as an absence.




Proficiency with the course content and objectives (described below) will be assessed in rubric-based writing assignments that evaluate knowledge, comprehension, and the ability to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information.  These goals correspond with Benjamin S. Bloom's Major Categories in the Taxonomy of Educational Objectives in the Cognitive Domain (see  Quizzes will assess the students reading comprehension, note-taking, critical thinking, and writing skills in the time-constrained classroom situation.



Hitler article



Objectives of this course group into four major categories:


Writing objectives

      an appeal to a specific audience

      proper grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and usage

      varied sentence structure

      deliberate diction

      graceful and effective transitions

      other elements of style


Cognitive objectives

These include knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation (as per Bloom's taxonomy discussed above).


Affective objective

The affective objective of this course is to appreciate the historical, social, political, and cultural importance of the "60s" viewed from the perspective of one of the most important phenomena of the period. 


Development and/or nurturing of soft skills

This can be described by the following excerpt taken from

A soft skill refers to the cluster of personality traits, social graces, facility with language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimism that mark each of us to varying degrees. Persons who rank high in this cluster, with good soft skills, are generally the people that most employers want to hire. as one employer put it in a recent report, Hard Work and Soft Skills, "We need you to teach them how to show up on time, how to work in teams, and how to take supervision." [Menochelli 2006]

GRADING AND CATEGORY WEIGHTINGS                                                      

      50% point exegeses:  several @ 250 words min. (revision of Point Exegesis 1 counts as one)

      50% quizzes (approximately 1/3 on reading, 1/3 on class activities, 1/3 timeline)        


The following grading scale will be used unless the average grade is less than 75% at which point grade values may be adjusted to reflect a 75% average.     


A     =     93-100%               B-   =     80-82%                 D+ =     67-69%

A-    =     90-92%                C+ =     77-79%                   =     63-66%

B+  =     87-89%                    =     73-76%                 D-   =     60-62%

   =     83-86%                C-       70-72%                    =     00-59%




      There is no extra credit.  Late assignments will result in a lowering of the grade or may not be graded at all (resulting in a grade of 0) at the discretion of the instructor.  All assignments are to be uploaded to the web as explained in class or they will be considered late.  

      At the discretion of the instructor, any grade may be lowered or raised according to classroom demeanor.

      Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Bethany College Policy on Academic Honesty (see College Catalogue section on Academic Honesty).  Incidents of academic dishonesty will result in a failing grade for the relevant graded activity.

      Should a student fail to satisfactorily complete First Year Seminar during the first semester of the academic year, she or he must take a make-up seminar during May Term. Students must do this because satisfactory completion of First Year Seminar is a requirement for graduation and must be met before a student can enroll for the sophomore year.  The seminar topic and instructor will be announced should such a seminar be needed.  There will be only one seminar (no choice of topic). The course must be taken on campus. Students will have to take a second J-term at the time and choosing of the college.

      No final grades will be given out to anyone including graduating/comping seniors.  You will get grades from the registrar.  This is irrevocable and without exception.  Don't even ask.



      Before I will consider providing a reference or recommendation, you

1.     Must always address me as Professor Collaros

2.     Must have taken at least two classes with me, one of which must be an academic

3.     Must have received an A or B in all courses taken with me

4.     Waive right to see said reference or recommendation

      In compliance with the Bethany College policy and equal access laws, I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that may be required for students with disabilities. Requests for academic accommodations are to be made during the first three weeks of the semester, except for unusual circumstances, so that arrangements can be made.



The McCann Learning Center

Main level of Cramblet Hall

Dr. Christina Sampson, director

(304) 829-7401






The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus at any time.