grades + happy new year

dear all:

1> I’ve posted your grades on CUNYFirst, so you should be able to see them now.  If you have any questions about your grades:

First, look at Blackboard to check the grades that were entered for your assignments & also look at the syllabus for the breakdown of the grade calculation.

If you had excessive absences or lateness, I may have deducted points from your final grade (as per my attendance policy in the syllabus).

I did add one extra credit point to everyone’s grade because you got to an 85% (or whatever I had said) response rate for the BMCC evaluation.

If you think there is a mistake with your grade, send me an email request to make an appointment so that we can discuss the error. I will not be  on campus on a regular basis until late January, but I will let you know when I am available to meet.

2> I emailed you comments on Essay #3– if you would like to discuss anything in my comments, please be in touch to set up an appointment.

Enjoy the holidays and all my best for a happy and healthy new year,
Professor Munshi


Exam due at 2pm today…

Just a reminder that you can turn in your exam on Blackboard

OR you can leave it for me in my mailbox in the Social Sciences department in N651. The mailboxes are near the front desk, right when you come in.


We are nearing the end of the semester + it is important that you keep track of all assignments and deadlines:

December 5
DUE: Essay draft for in-class peer review

Read: Mariadson + Wong – we will do Reading Worksheet #12 in class.

December 12 (last class)
DUE: Final essay

IN-CLASS: Presentations on your research (5 minutes each– you can do your presentation alone or with other people in your group)

*I will give the take-home exam instructions

December 19 (finals week, we do not meet as a class)
DUE, 2PM: Take-home exam (no late exams accepted)– You can turn the exam in on Blackboard or in my mailbox or office.

Reading Worksheet #11, due 11/28

For 11/28, you only have to read one piece by Bayoumi — I took the other reading off the syllabus. The reading worksheet questions are attached here and pasted below: rw11


In your own words, summarize the story of Yasmin, answering the following questions: What is the conflict that she faces at school? What is Yasmin’s perspective of the conflict and what is the school’s perspective? How does Yasmin attempt to resolve this problem?

Reading Worksheet #10, due 11/14

The questions for Reading Worksheet #10 are below and here: RW10f17asn

Tang, Chapter 4

  1. Who is Kun Thea, and how does she support her family?


  1. What is workfare, or the WEP program?


  1. According to Tang, what is the “welfare trap?”


  1. How did YLP (Youth Leadership Project) attempt to release refugees from the WEP requirement?


  1. What was the BEGIN program and how did Kun Thea feel about it?