Printable version of the syllabus
Lecture notes are posted here.
Grades will be posted on Blackboard.
Suggested topics for the first term papers are posted here, or you can propose to me alternate topics relevant to the lecture material for the first 4 weeks. Suggested topics for the second and third topics will be posted during weeks 4 and 7, respectively; again you my propose alternate topics relevant to the lecture material from weeks 5 - 8 and 9 - 14, respectively.
The suggested length for a report should be 8 - 12 double-spaced typed pages, not counting figures and tables, but this is not a hard and fast rule. They must be uploaded to Blackboard as PDF documents. I am happy to discuss your paper or look at an outline during office hours or other arranged times at your convenience. For each paper, it is expected that you should find appropriate sources. Books and magazine or newspaper articles are acceptable, as are internet web pages if you identify them and conclude they are providing reliable information. TV documentaries are not acceptable sources of information. You should not use biased, inaccurate or non-scientific sources (examples are Fox News, the Heritage Foundation, Breibart News, or the Bible) unless you are making a point and have a scientific source to compare with. Your report should not use the required or supplementary texts as primary references; this will lead to downgrading. Footnotes and detailed referencing are not required, but your paper must include a bibliography containing the sources from which material was taken. If you use figures or tables, you must identify their source. The papers will be graded on the basis of originality, effort, clarity, and relevance to the course. Book reports or rehashes of class notes or readings are not acceptable.
Stony Brook University expects students to maintain standards of personal integrity that are in harmony with the educational goals of the institution; to observe national, state, and local laws and University regulations; and to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, and/or inhibits students' ability to learn.
Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Any suspected instance of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website.
The lecture schedule is approximate and the lectures will be updated as they are presented. We will not follow the textbooks rigorously in sequence, but I will announce the relevant chapters associated with each lecture.