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Global Studies/ Ethnic Studies

Fall Term 2015 / Spring Term 2016

July 30, 2015-December 17, 2015/January 6, 2016-May 26, 2016

Class Phone:

Mr. David Tanabe

(808) 305-3792 or

In this course students will increase their global perspective through the study of issues that
affect people of or from countries other than the United States of America.
Topics covered in this course include but are not limited to:
Impact of technology
Population Issues
Human Rights
Class materials will not be derived from any one source or text book. Students should be
prepared to be exposed to and to be able to synthesize issues from a broad and possibly
international selection of reading and writing. It is the intent of this course to make each
student attentive to social studies disciplines including but not limited to those identified in
the Hawaii Content & Performance III Database (HCPS III): global interdependence (Standard
1); conflict resolution (Standard 2); social justice (Standard 3); cultural interactions and
perceptions (Standard 4); large scale change and future impact (Standard 5). Accordingly, we
will challenge ourselves in academic realms of geography, history, political science,
psychology, sociology, and economics.
A variety of resources on the internet will support your learning in this course. You are
expected to make full use of these resources, login in frequently and check for updates. If you
do not have access to a computer or internet, a Campbell High School laptop will be available
for your use during school hours. The internet acceptable use policy is outlined in the student
planner. Any user who does not comply with the Internet Use Policies and Guidelines will lose
network privileges for a period of not less than one week.

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Course Binder (to keep all handouts/materials).
Folder paper and writing materials are required daily.
Pencils and Erasers, Black/Blue pens, highlighters.
We will be building an effective learning family that will allow us to explore a variety of
materials and ideas this year. The goal of our class will be to create a successful community of
which we are all active members. Everyone will bring their own experiences and views to
share, learning from one another as we move towards understanding more about the world
and ourselves. In order to create this safe community of inquiry, we will each be expected to
follow OHANA rules:

o We respect and care for each other as equals.
o Listening to everyone and allowing all the opportunity to be heard.
o Maintaining an intellectually safe environment.
Intellectually safe means all participants of the community feel free to
ask virtually any question or state any view (related to the topic) so long
as respect for all peers is honored.
o The classroom is a place of learning for all members (teachers included).
o We are here to challenge ourselves to shine lights into the darkness.
o Each member of the class is responsible for themselves and the group.
o We try our best and take pride in our work.
o Flawlessness.
o The traditional definition is: Doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right
time, in the right place, to the right person, for the right reason, with the right
feeling, the first time.

This course relies on each of you to participate in all aspects of the course (discussion,
reflection, responses, etc). You are expected to take a proactive role in your learning,
asking for help or clarification at any time.


As per school policy, students shall wear their dress tops and ID daily.
College shirts may be worn as per school policy.
1st Violation
Warning and send down to front office to purchase or borrow shirt.
2 Violation
Call parent and send down to front office to purchase shirt.
3rd Violation:
Call parent and Send down to front office to purchase shirt.
Referral to VP (disciplinary action)

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Punctual attendance in every class session is required.
Classroom attendance is not left to the discretion of the student. It is understood that a
student will be present in class except for legitimate reasons. Explanations for tardiness or
absences are expected immediately after returning. Tardiness and unexcused absences will be
recorded. The attendance and tardy policy is detailed in the student planner.

Parents are to notify the Attendance Clerk of absences by a telephone call or by written
note within two days upon the students return to school. The telephone number is 3053600.

An absence without a written note or telephone call within two (2) school days will be
regarded as an unexcused absence.

Absences of more than three (3) days require a note from a doctor/dentist/court.

Tardy students will not be admitted to class without a valid pass. Chronic tardiness will
result in After School Detention, Saturday School Detention, or Suspension.

Plagiarism is academic dishonesty stealing and cheating. Plagiarism is the inappropriate use
of someone elses written work. For example:
1) copying someone elses ideas and answers on a test or quiz
2) giving or receiving information on exams outside the classroom
3) directly copying answers from a text. You must cite you sources
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Evidence of plagiarism will result in a zero for that
assignment and, depending on the weight of the assignment in the final grade, probable
failure of the course.
Make every effort to turn work in on time! I cannot stress this enough. Scholarship and college
deadlines are firm, and will not be accepted by the agency or college after the deadline. Late
work will be penalized and will not be eligible for grades higher than 3.0 on the 4.0 scale
Your Final Grade in this class will be determined as follows:
As this is an upper level Junior and Senior class, a few assignments at the start of the term may
be formative in nature to assist in my evaluation of student growth. However, because
students are expected to have mastered both critical reading and argumentative (persuasive)
writing skills in their Freshmen and Sophomore years, particular and more intensive
summative assessments will allow us to engage in thoughtful essays, well-delivered oral
presentations and substantive peer review and critique.

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Student assessments in areas of reading comprehension, written submissions and oral

presentations will be pursuant to Common Core standards for Language Arts:
Social Studies content may include areas addressed in the most current version of HCPS III or
Please follow your progress through the online webgrader program that will be implemented
by campus shortly.
The grading scale will be in accordance with the JCHS standards:
Letter Grade
Standard Measure
4.0 to 3.5
Exceeds the Standard
3.49 to 3.0
Meets the Standard
2.9 to 2.0
Approaches the Standard
1.9 and Below
Well-Below/Not Met Standard

These polices are subject to amendment by JCHS administration, Grade level counselors, Social
Studies department, or Mr. Tanabe as may be required during the term.

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Return by: Friday, August 7, 2015

I have reviewed and understand the syllabus for Mr. Tanabes Global Studies / Ethnic
Studies class:

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Studies class:

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