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Instructor: Heather Castillo

Office: Malibu 118
Phone: 805-437-2052
Email: heather.castillo@csuci.edu
Consult hours: Monday and Wednesday 3-4:30 pm or by appointment

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When emailing me, please format your subject line as follows: PADA 332: your topic. I will do my best to respond to emails within 48 hours.

Required Texts And Tools


There is no text book!

All of your readings will come from selected texts and journals accessible on blackboard under e-reserves.

Required Technology :
Regular access to a computer (not a mobile device), webcam and high speed Internet
A recently upgraded web browser
Word processing and presentation software necessary for completing assignments
Plug-ins: Acrobat Reader, PowerPoint Viewer

Optional Technology:
Headset with a microphone (available online for less than $15) to enhance quality of audio posts

Asynchronous On-line Learning

(Course Netiquette)

By enrolling in this course, you are committing to demonstrating respect for your educational experience, your peers and your professor in the following ways:
*In a 15-week face-to-face course, students are expected to meet in person for 45 hours, total, and spend 2 hours for each of those contact hours preparing for class. Therefore, during our 15 weeks together you must plan on spending a minimum of 3 hours per week engaged in Blackboard and the other online learning spaces I have designed for you. IN ADDITION, your independent time spent reading assigned texts, completing assignments, and creating a research paper should total at least 6 hours per week.
*Understanding that responsibility for effective time management is much more on the student's shoulders in an online class, without benefit of weekly face-to-face time with peers and the instructor.
Completing all readings and related assignments on time.
Participating actively, critically and productively in all learning activities.
*Consistently helping to uphold class norms, including online etiquette, which we establish as a class.
*Upholding the standards of academic integrity and all other academic policies described in CI's University Catalog.

Expectations and Tips for Online Learners

*This course requires regular engagement throughout each of the learning modules.
*Review the due dates for the assignments to orient yourself to the flow of the learning modules.
*You are expected to log into CILearn on the first day of each learning module (starting with day 1 of the course) to assess the new learning unit, orient yourself to the due dates for that module, and plan your study time.
*Online classes are deceiving. Often new online learners expect them to be easier than face-to-face classes and are surprised to learn how challenging they can be. If you find yourself needing assistance, it is your responsibility to reach out to me for help. I am here to help you as needed, but I need you to maintain communication with me throughout the class.
*Ensure that you can dedicate the time needed to fit a typical face to face 15-week course.

If you experience technical problems in this course, do the following:

  • Clear your browser’s cache
  • Try a different browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome)
  • Shut down and restart your computer
  • Contact the CI Help desk helpdesk@csuci.edu or 805-437-8552

Student Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
•Evaluate and discuss dance in history within multicultural perspectives. •Show, through writing, discussion and oral presentation, an understanding of the course content and convey the key points of this course to an audience of their peers

Principles of Learning

You will learn only as much, or little, as you choose to learn.
Each of you has a unique learning style, so not every assignment will appeal to everyone—but the variety should enable you to show what you are capable of.
You are in charge of your own understanding, so if you do not understand the instructions for an assignment, or if you do not know how to complete the assigned work, it is your responsibility to find out (by consulting with me and/or your fellow students).
The more often you collaborate with your classmates—in discussion, in study groups, in rehearsal, and on papers—the richer the experience will be for you.
Writing, like dance, is always a collaborative process.
Performance, like writing, teaches us about ourselves.
You will teach yourself more than I teach you.
You will learn more from each other than you do from me.
All of you are capable of succeeding in this class; my job is to help you succeed.


Disabilities Statement

Cal State Channel Islands is committed to equal educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The mission of Disability Resource Programs is to empower and support students with physical, learning or psychological disabilities so that they can participate as fully in and benefit as equitably from University campus life as non-disabled students to realize their academic and personal potential. Students with physical, learning, or other disabilities are encouraged to contact Disability Resource Programs, in the Educational Access Center, Bell Tower Room 1541, 805-437-3331 (V/TTY), email: accommodations@csuci.edu, for personal assistance and accommodations. All requests for accommodations require appropriate notice in advance in order to avoid a delay in services. Please discuss approved accommodations with me.


Plagiarism: All work that students submit as their own work must, in fact, be their own work. If a paper presents ideas of others, it must clearly indicate the source. Information or ideas quoted or paraphrased from other sources must be cited. Papers with plagiarized ideas or language will fail. In cases where the cheating or plagiarism was premeditated or planned, students will receive an “F” for the course and, in accordance with the CSUCI policy on academic dishonesty, be reported to the appropriate dean. If you have questions about what might constitute an act of plagiarism or cheating, please consult with me. I want you all to succeed.

Course Calendar

All students have been emailed access to the google Dance in History calendar. Please utilize this resource to stay on schedule. There is further information surrounding individual assignment expectation on the class CI Keys site.

  • Week 1: Introductory Module
  • Week 2: Module 1A
  • Week 3: Module 1B
  • Week4: Module 2A
  • Week 5: Module 2B
  • Week 6: Research Paper week-annotated bibliography due
  • Week 7: Module 3A
  • Week 8: Module 3B
  • Week 9: Module 4A
  • Week 10: Module 4B
  • Week 11: First draft of research paper due
  • Week 12: Module 5A
  • Week 13: Module 5B
  • Week 14: Module 6A
  • Week 15: Module 6B
  • Finals Week: Final Draft Research Paper due
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