The class format will feature discussion, group work, projects, current events, and lectures.  In order to promote class discussion, students must read the assigned materials and come to class prepared.  Students cannot learn from each other, and I cannot learn from you, if you are not prepared for class.  Participation in classroom discussions is expected. Furthermore, the lecture material is not designed to repeat what the student should be reading for class.  Therefore, in order to be prepared for the quizzes and tests, it is essential that the students read the assigned material.

Above all I want this class to focus on examining ideas and having fun while exploring history and culture.