As taken from the SMC BLM syllabus for Jan Term 2017….

25% Reading and class discussion journal

(at least, 1 entry per day, so at least 15 total)

Make sure that you have addressed the general course learning objectives, the American Diversity learning outcomes and (at least two of the) Common Good Learning Outcomes. In other words, make sure all of the below have been treated at some point(s) in your journal. I would recommend a notation system in your journal that indicates what learning objectives you are addressing as you address them [e.g., (CG1), (AD2), (LO5)]

General Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify issues on campus needing attention, as they relate to black students, staff, and faculty
  2. Demonstrate (understanding of) campus advocacy and activism, as related to black lives and experiences
  3. Identify academic, social, and cultural resources available to black students (e.g., faculty, staff, other students, outside of SMC community members, academic support)
  4. Articulate and make efforts to understand varied black experiences, activities, and responses
  5. Express the social and cultural importance of black voices and experiences at SMC and beyond
  6. Develop productive approaches to dialogue about internal factors shaping black relationships and movements
  7. Identify and critique the multiple and varied strategies people use to implement social change
  8. Examine the history and ideologies of a range of influential social movements at SMC

American Diversity Learning Outcomes of the Core Curriculum:

  1. Analyze aspects of social diversity (e.g., ethnicity, race, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, and political identity) and how they affect society in the United States of America; and
  2. Explain how social categories and structures of power may affect the human person.

Common Good Learning outcomes of the Core Curriculum:

  1. Reflect and write substantively on ways in which human beings find fulfillment in community; or
  2. Articulate, in prose or through another communicative medium, a critical account of just social order; or
  3. Demonstrate a capacity for coherent, principled analysis of concrete social problems.


Your grade will be determined by the following:

  1. Addressing/Engaging all 13 of the above learning outcomes at some point in the journal, in a substantial way, which means more than surface treatment – that is, in depth discussion and explanation. (continued below)
  2. Having at least 15 entries of sufficient length (my sense is 1 page per entry but quality is most important)
  3. A rough application of the “St. Mary’s College Composition Program Grading Standard” for the A, B, C, and D essays. (I will give you a copy, which you probably already have)