Welcome to Popular Cultures of the English-Speaking World, Spring 2011!

Welcome back to school!

This is the page for the Popular Cultures of the English-Speaking World course for Spring 2011, taught by Gord Sellar. We are scheduled to meet at IH 260 on Tuesday afternoons from 5:00-6:00pm, and on Thursdays from 4:00-6:00pm. (If the class remains small, we may meet sometimes, or always, at my office instead, since this will give us a more comfortable environment for discussions, and better control of our environment as well.)

(I have not announced office hours yet — check here for an update — but it is likely I will be in my office Tuesday and Thursday afternoons; given the fact we begin so early, and finish at lunch time, if you want to talk before or after class you will need to make an appointment with me, or arrange something with me at the end of class.)

Here is our syllabus (still subject to some revision for the next week or so):

… and the student information sheet I will hand out on our first day:

Right-click and save these files to download them to your computer. Be sure to fill out the student information sheet as directed, and to read the syllabus carefully before our second class, so that you understand what you’re getting yourself into by taking this course.

These files are in PDF format, and you can open them with either the Adobe Acrobat Reader, or with the alternative PDF reader Foxit (download it here).

We will make some use of Google Docs for sharing work with classmates, polling responses, self- and peer-evaluation, and so on.  I therefore encourage you to create a Google account if you do not already have one; since class announcements will go out using the same Google Accounts, I also recommend that you set up your Google mail account to forward to your regular email account.

I will ask you to fill out a class information poll in a week or two, when our class list has stabilized somewhat. Welcome to the class, and I look forward to a great semester with you.

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