Music of the Pacific Rim Syllabus Fall 2012 MUNM 3413 Section 001 MUNM 3413 Section 002 MW 1:30 – 2:45 MW 3:00 – 4:15 CMC 109 CMC 109 Instructor: Dr. Christine Souza E-mail: [email protected] Office: 020C Catlett Music Center (inside the Fine Arts Library) Office hours: By appointment Course home page: https://learn.ou.edu Required Text and CDs The books should be available in the University bookstore and online. If you buy used copies, check to make sure the CD is included with each book and is not damaged. The course packet is available at King Kopy (119 W Boyd St # 112; on Campus Corner at the corner of Boyd and DeBarr) • Music in China by Frederick Lau ISBN13: 9780195301243 • Music in Pacific Island Cultures by Brian Diettrich ISBN13: 9780199733408 • Course packet for MUNM 3413 compiled by Christine Souza Course Description: This course fulfills OU’s general education, upper-level, non-Western requirement and requires junior standing. The study of music and human culture focusing on representative societies from countries bordering the Pacific Ocean will be undertaken, developing critical skills and an appreciation for the musical diversity of the world. Grading: Exams (4 at 18.75% each) Topic Proposals Research Paper 75% 5% 20% Note: I reserve the right to also consider class participation, attendance, overall quality of work, and improvement over the term as justification for assigning a final letter grade that may not follow the grading scale above. Notes: * Any student in this course who has a disability that may prevent him or her from fully demonstrating his or her abilities should contact me personally as soon as possible so we can discuss accommodations necessary to ensure full participation and facilitate your educational opportunities. * It is the policy of the University of Oklahoma to excuse absences of students that result from religious observances and to provide without penalty for the rescheduling of examinations and additional required work that may fall on religious holidays. Advance notice must be given in order to make up an exam missed due to a religious holiday. * The OU Academic Misconduct Code defines academic misconduct as “any act that improperly affects the evaluation of a student’s academic performance or achievement.” This includes plagiarism, submission of a work done for more than one class, fabrication, forgery, and fraud, as well as attempting to commit such acts or assisting another in doing so. Ignorance of this policy is not an excuse – all acts of academic misconduct will be prosecuted and may result in failure of the course. Important Dates – subject to change Friday, September 14 Monday, September 24 Friday, October 5 Monday, October 15 Friday, November 2 Monday, November 12 Finals Week Wednesday, December 12 Thursday, December 13 Informal Topic Proposal Due by midnight Exam One: China Formal Topic Proposal Due by midnight Exam Two: Music in the Pacific Islands Research Paper due by midnight Exam Three: Music in Japan and Bali Exam Four: Music in Australia, Mexico, and Peru 4:30 – 6:30 Section 002 8:00 – 10:00 AM Section 001 Exams: A review sheet will be posted on D2L for all exams. Make-up exams will be given only under extreme circumstances, with proper documentation and with prior permission. In case of a last-minute emergency, please contact me as soon as possible to request a makeup exam. General Format of Written Work: All written work is to be typed and double-spaced with standard margins. Font size must be 12 point. Use a standard font such as Times or Helvetica. Include a header or footer on all pages with your last name, and staple or bind all pages together. All outside sources must be cited – plagiarism will not be tolerated. Please use Turabian, APA, or MLA citation style. I will be happy to answer any questions about proper citation or what constitutes plagiarism. Please use your best scholarly prose and proofread your papers before turning them in; a paper with errors will not receive an A. A plagiarized paper will result in failure of the paper and possibly the entire class (depending on the severity of the plagiarism). Attendance and Participation: There is no direct penalty for missing a certain number of classes, but poor attendance and participation will affect your grade. If you do miss class, it is your responsibility to check D2L for announcements and to get notes from a classmate. You do not need to provide me with an excuse if you miss class. Research Paper Assignment Please write a thesis paper on a culture from a country that borders the Pacific Ocean. You may not choose a culture that we are discussing in class (see list below). Your paper should have a thesis statement that serves as the organizing factor of your paper. See requirements below. Guide to choosing a topic: 1. Choose a culture. Start by thinking of areas of the world that interest you and are influenced by Africa, and narrow it down from there to a specific country, group of people, or style of music. 2. Choose a thesis or focus area. This paper should not be an elementary-schoolstyle report on one style of music or one country. The easiest way to turn this into a thesis paper is to discuss one music-culture as it relates to some other nonmusical element of the culture (e.g. religion, politics, social structures, dance, language, history). Forbidden topics: The following topics are forbidden, since we will be covering them in class. China, Japan, Bali (Indonesia), Australia, Mexico, Peru, and Chile The United States and Canada are also forbidden. Guide to writing your paper: Suggested steps for writing your paper: (none of these things are required, but I am happy to look at any of your preliminary work at any time). a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. Devise a schedule specific to your project. Set deadlines for yourself. Give yourself more time than you think you need. Come up with an outline that supports your thesis. Gather and read all sources; make sure that you keep track of where you get your notes from so that you can cite your paper properly. Make sense of the material in your own mind. Try to explain your topic to someone who knows nothing about it; this will help you clarify the material for yourself. Write a rough draft without use of sources, just getting your basic ideas on paper. Add specific facts and ideas from sources, including citations or footnotes as you go. Submit a draft of your mostly completed paper to the writing center or a trusted friend. Make suggested revisions. It’s a good idea to set the paper aside for a few days at this point to clear your brain before making final revisions. Do final revisions; I recommend having the paper ready to submit at least a few days before the due date; I will be happy to accept it early. General Guidelines and Requirements: • The final paper must be at least 1600 words long, not including headings and footnotes. • At least 5 scholarly sources must be used. Try to use a variety of sources including books, dictionary/encyclopedia entries, journal articles, etc. All sources must be cited within the paper and listed at the end in a bibliography or works cited list. • Internet sources should not be used. Online databases are not internet sources, and can be used. • Please use a standard font such as Times or Helvetica, and please use 12 pt font. Use standard 1 inch margins, and please double-space. You may use any citation style that you are familiar with (most people use MLA or APA). • Your paper should have a “point” (your thesis), and everything in the paper should support that point. • You should maintain a scholarly tone throughout. Slang, personal anecdotes, and trivial statements (such as “salsa literally means sauce”) should not be used. Write as though you were going to have this paper published. • Proofread carefully; there should be no spelling or grammatical errors. • This is not an elementary school report. You shouldn’t be simply summarizing information, but drawing logical conclusions based on the material you have read. However, don’t go too far with this. You will be more knowledgeable on your topic by the time you turn in the paper, but you probably won’t be an expert. Make sure that your conclusions are logical and supported by facts. Grading Criteria: Length. The paper must contain 1600 words worth of substantial content. This does not include any bibliographical information or headers or other text that is not part of the body of your paper. There will be a direct penalty applied to papers that do not meet this word count, regardless of quality. Content. You must clearly state and clearly support your thesis. The paper needs to be substantial in content, focused clearly on the thesis. The main focus of the paper should be music, although you can include supporting content such as information about religion, history, etc., depending on your topic. Quality of research and use of sources. You need to be thorough in your research; don’t just use the first 5 sources you find. Use a variety of sources, and integrate them all into your paper. Quality of writing. The paper needs to be free of grammatical and spelling errors and should look professional. Use a scholarly writing style (see description above), and be sure that all material in the paper is relevant to your topic. Due Date #1 – An informal topic proposal is due by Friday, September 14. Please email me to let me know what you would like to write about and what your thesis or focus area will be. If necessary, I will help you tweak your topic so that it will work for this paper. Once you’ve heard back from me on your informal topic proposal, make a final topic selection. This is worth 1% of your final grade. Due Date #2 – A formal topic proposal is due by Friday, October 5. Please submit this to the dropbox by midnight that night or bring a typed hard copy to me in class before this date. Write a short paragraph describing your project and how you plan to research it. Include a list of at least 5 resources listed in proper bibliographical format that you have already looked at and know that you can use. This is worth 4% of your final grade. Final Due Date – The final paper is due by midnight on Friday, November 2. There is a 48-hour grace period after the due date. After that grace period, I will deduct 10 points from your paper per day late. Papers will not be accepted for any reason after Friday, November 9th. This is worth 20% of your final grade. A note about plagiarism: All sources must be cited within the paper every time they are used (including paraphrasing or ideas) and listed at the end in a bibliography or works cited list. All direct quotes must be put in quotation marks and cited. All papers are submitted to a plagiarism detection system. An Academic Misconduct Report will be filed for all plagiarized papers. Papers plagiarized to any extent will receive a zero, and there is a good chance that the author of a plagiarized paper will be suspended. If you are unsure of what constitutes plagiarism, please ask. Better safe than sorry!