Welcome to Spring 2016

Before we start, here’s some notes about this blog for the students in SOCA 302 in Spring 2016.

Read through the previous blog posts. These were written by other students like you, with about as much knowledge of anthropological theory as you (perhaps even less!). See what they’ve written? It’s fun, it makes theory accessible, and hopefully it will help you in learning more about theory.

Few people anywhere are perfect experts in theory. Even the experts argue and debate about what things ‘really’ mean and whether so-and-so meant that when s/he wrote this. So, if you see something in a blog post that you think is a misinterpretation, don’t assume that you’re wrong! Your interpretation is as valid as any other.

Use more formal language in the blog posts – no text-speak/abbreviations, please!

If it is not clear that your user name is you, then add your name in at the end of each of your posts or comments.

Be sure to categorize your post. There’s a list on the left of the screen when you are writing a post, and if a tag you want is not in the list, then create a new category. Don’t forget to uncheck ‘uncategorized.’ It will help all of us with navigation.

Please DO add images to your post!

Preview your page before publishing.

Look for your invitation to be an author for this page in coming days.

Professional Demeanors on our Class Blog

Be creative and adventuresome, but treat this all professionally. I can see that a lot of people have personalized screen names – not too surprising if you already have an online presence! BUT do not expect other people in the class to know who you are. I can guess because I’ve known some of you a long time, but other students might not know who is responding. 

Therefore, if you are using a personalized screenname in which your legal name is not obvious please sign your posts with your first name and last initial.

Transparency is important in professional communication.