Course Requirements and Expectations

Grade Distribution:

Attendance, Participation, and Group Discussion Leadership—20%

Response Papers—15%

Midterm—30%

Final Project (Proposal, Annotated Bib, 7-10 page paper, & presentation—35%



Course Requirements & Expectations

All written work (except in-class freewrites, and exams) should be typed in 12 point font, 1” margins, and double spaced. Be sure to edit, proof read, spell check and staple your work. Keep an electronic copy. No late submissions will be accepted.



    Attendance & Participation: Attendance will be documented in this course. Participation will be assessed by your preparation for class and your participation in class discussions, as well as the online discussion forums. As engaged and meaningful participation looks different for each student, participation will be graded by both the instructor, and the student. As a class, we will develop our rubric for participation democratically.  However, there are some basics to good participation. Please bring assigned texts, whether electronic readings or books to class, so we can refer to them. It is crucial that you come to class on time, having read the readings and ready to engage the material. In order to be prepared it is crucial for you to regularly check your Marlboro email account. Periodically, I will send out reminders and other important information, so please make checking your email and the course website a habit. And finally, when you come to class, please turn off your cell phone or set to vibrate. This is a matter of basic respect for the learning of your classmates.
    Response Papers: Students in this course will write three short response papers throughout the semester. These papers will be 2-4 pages in length. Papers can address a specific passage from a reading or the merits of the reading’s argument as a whole. Response papers will be graded credit/ no credit. If a response paper does not show sufficient engagement with the course material, students may be given the opportunity to rewrite. I general these short papers should take students no longer than one hour.
    Midterm Exam: Thursday October 6th during class. Monday October 3th, we will have a review session in class where we will go over the material covered in the course thus far. The midterm will consist of approximately 10 multiple choice questions, 4 short answer questions and one analysis/essay question.
    Final Paper Project: This project will consist of a short research proposal due in late October, an annotated bibliography due in mid-November, and a 7-10 page paper due at the beginning of the final class period. Students will give project presentations during the final exam period. More detailed due dates will be given out in class.
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