Accommodation, Inclusion, Civil Rights, and Cooperation:
Respect for diversity, both of people and perspectives, is expected and encouraged in this class. All students are welcome, should feel safe, and should have equal access and opportunity for optimal learning in this course, department, college, and society, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, home language, sex, gender, sexual orientation, sexuality, gender identity, religion, creed, ideology, ability or disability, appearance, socio-economic class, marital, parental, or pregnancy status, housing status, veteran status, immigration status, political or other affiliation, or any other similar or functionally equivalent quality, identity, or status.

Any student who has any sort of disability, special need, condition, situation, difficulty, or circumstance, whether permanent or temporary, that requires assistance or “reasonable accommodations” should contact the campus DSPS at 452-5481 ( and/or speak with me directly.

Learning Assistance Center: If English is not your first language, if you have a documented learning disability, or if you have difficulties with basic skills of college level performance, you are encouraged to make use of the Learning Assistance Center in Rosenberg Library, Room 207. You can receive one-on-one help from tutors and other professionals with studying, reading, writing, and general language issues.

Other student services at CCSF can be found at

Students are encouraged to use the methods of “legitimate cheating”, which include, but are not limited to: studying, working, playing, and plotting together; consulting with the writing center and librarians; getting a tutor; searching the web (especially the many social science, political, and writing sites); as well as brainstorming and discussing issues and ideas with students, friends, family, teachers, workers, coaches, managers, leaders, organizers, activists, and others, both on and off campus.

Also, I’m available in my office and via e-mail, as well as before, during, and after class.

SF Resources:
Dial 311 (within SF only) or 415-701-2311 (24/7/365), check, or get the app.

National Resources:
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available anytime, 24/7/365, toll-free at 1-800-SUICIDE (my article on suicide is at – please share!). The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available anytime, 24/7/365, toll-free at 1-800-799-7233. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (1-800-662-HELP) offers referrals 24/7/365.

For the flu, check out for “know[ing] what to do about the flu”: get vaccinated; cover coughs and sneezes; wash hands frequently; avoid people who are ill; and stay home if sick.

News & Views Resources on the Web:
Excellent web sites for news and views related to this course include the automated  for numerous news links and the non-profit and non-profit for mostly progressive ones, along with many links; non-profit is also quite useful and interesting. I also recommend the New York Times at

Local online media include the San Francisco Chronicle at On the radio, you can listen in to KPFA (94.1 FM), KQED (88.5 FM), and KALW (91.7 FM). There are many other sources on (and off) the internet that would be interesting, useful, and relevant, as well.

E-mail/Internet Account:
Students are required to access and use an e-mail/internet account. It is an invaluable tool for research, news, information, and entertainment from around the world, in addition to facilitating communication, including getting in touch with me. My e-mail address is brook @ brook . com (when writing to me by e-mail, please put something identifying in the subject line, as I teach a lot of courses and have many students). As noted above, students are also required to subscribe to our course listserv and are strongly encouraged to post to it as a form of class participation.

All written work for the course (required), as well as any other files that are important to you (recommended), should be saved or backed up in more than one way (e.g., on a flash drive or other external hard drive, on a web-based e-mail account or otherwise online, with, or, if necessary, burned to a CD or printed out as a hard copy). If you do this and something unexpected happens before an assignment is due, you will still have a copy of your work and I will expect to see it.

School Success:
For best results in school, practice the ARTS:
Attend every class, act curious, and ask questions; Read every assignment and research what’s most interesting to you; Take good notes; then Study and review what you’ve learned.

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