All readings in this schedule should ideally be completed by the day under which they are listed, although this requirement is only assessed during TRAs and Application Exercise . All numbers in the schedule are page numbers unless otherwise noted.
CAUTION: I will probably be making revisions to on-line materials before we discuss them in class. Therefore WAIT until that time to print out materials you wish to have on hand, such as terms, excerpts and assignment guidelines.
Unit 2b: Medieval China (3rd - 10th century CE)
|Mon, Apr 1||Cesar Chavez Day - campus closed||thank a labor activist : )
|Wed, Apr 3||**SPRING BREAK BONUS**
(this class only)
|KEEP BREATHING & looking around despite all the work!!|
|Mon, Apr 8
& Wed, Apr 10
orientation to readings
FIND TERMS & EXCERPTS from the reading guide in these primary sources:
FIND * TERMS from the reading guide in these overviews:
BROWSE on-line information regarding similar contemporary practices:
|Mon, Apr 15||
iTRA #2b DUE by 1 pm
gTRA #2b in class
preliminary Application Exercise 2b
(same as above)
|Wed, Apr 17||
Application Exercise 2b
PREPARE by addressing the following scenario:
The OCSS City Repair youth group has just completed their study of Day of the Dead rituals, during which they and their families told stories about distant ancestors and relatives recently passed, created home altars representing the dead, and made ceremonial food. The youth participants were inspired by the experience of reconnecting with family members who have passed on. Now they have expressed wanting to engage in some kind of reflection grounded in a practice that they do on a regular, daily or weekly basis.
[Read the full text describing the context & criteria for choosing between these three contemporary practices:]
A. A Religious Studies major recently graduated from Sac State, who is also a member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, has offered to sponsor a weekly study group for non-LDS members to examine the Book of Mormon and other revelations of Joseph Smith. She has clarified that this would not be a missionary activity, but rather would be aimed at better informing the youths who participate about an often misunderstood tradition of revelation and moral guidance.
B. A neighbor who works for the Community Development Planning Division of the City of Sacramento has heard about the popularity of the neighborhood intersection and City Repair’s efforts. She has offered to involve the youth group in weekly meetings focused on reviewing the Urban Design Guidelines Framework for the city, which serves as the blueprint for making decisions about future development.
C. Local futurist writer Kim Stanley Robinson has offered to lead a weekly writing group for the youths, focused on writing short stories and perhaps multi-chapter narratives that envision future possibilities for the human race in the 21st century. He proposes to create an online site that will feature these writings, presented in installments so that writers can receive feedback.