Work Spring 2010


Coursework will be weighted as follows:
1. Classroom Engagement (20 pts)
2. Midterm (20 pts)
3. Final Exam (30 pts)
4. Research Paper (30 pts)
Total: 100 pts

The Grading Scale
I will be using the following grading scale in this course:

98-100 A+
94-97 A
90-93 A-
87-89 B+
84-86 B
80-83 B-
77-79 C+
74-76 C
70 – 73 C-
69/below D
59/below F

Note on Late Assignments:
Late assignments will be graded down 5 points for each day late, to a maximum of 50% off the credit for the assignment. No matter how late an assignment is, it will always be worth submitting (you can always get up to 50% credit).

1. Classroom Engagement: Participation, Attendance, Blog (20%)

This course requires not only attendance but also active participation. This entails doing the readings before class, thinking critically about them and the topics we are discussing. Active participation can significantly help your grade in the course, non-participation can significantly lower your grade, and non-attendance WILL significantly lower your grade.

Attendance and active participation

  1. You must attend class. Think of it as if you are a pilot learning to fly. You have to put in a number of hours in the cockpit to qualify.
  2. You must be active in class. This can take a variety of forms, including: speaking in class, asking questions, emailing me questions, and participating on the course blog.
  3. You can miss two classes without any serious consequence. If you miss more than 5 classes you will receive no credit for classroom engagement.

Course Blog Reading Reactions

Each week you must post ONE reaction to one or more of the assigned readings for every week that contains at least two class days (no need to blog for our very first meeting!).  There is no minimum or maximum for the length of the post.  It can be very short (a sentence or two, a poignant question raised from the material) as long as it demonstrates that you did more than skim the introduction.  These are merely graded on whether you made a meaningful attempt to blog (credit) or did not (no credit). There is no extra credit for writing extensively long posts.  I do not want this to become a burden!

These posts must be entered PRIOR to Thursday’s class.

You may want to see this as an opportunity to prep for the exams and stay on top of the extensive material.

I also encourage you to read the blog prior to class, as it may have information that is useful for that day’s lecture and discussion.

2. Midterm Exam (20%)

March 4th, in-class.

Open book. Open note. No computer.

3. Final Exam (30%)

TENTATIVE time: Wednesday, May 12,  2 Р5 pm

Open book. Open note. No computer.

4. Research Paper (30%)

Information available on separate page: click here.

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