Assignments and Policies

Assignments:
Attendance: 20%. Attendance is mandatory and will impact your final grade. I
have designed my presentations to leave time for questions both during and after the presentation as well as a variety of student presentations and discussion of primary sources. I encourage questions that engage both with the lecture and with the assigned reading for the week.

Map Quiz: 5% Online in the Courses Moodle there is a short map quiz which
will ask you to identify the location and significance of several cities. It is, essentially, a short exercise in research. All you need to do is identify which country the city is in today and write a brief sentence about the significance of the city to the Medieval World. For locating the cities and their significance, you should try using your textbook, the Harper Atlas of World History in the Reference Room of the library (Ref 911h67) or any online source. Be inventive about how you search – it may lead you to fascinating places.

For the remaining 75% of the grade, students will have options:
Writing Assignments: Three at 25%. Over the semester, students will be
required to write three different assignments, a book review (3-5 pages), a close analysis of a primary source (4-6 pages) and a research prospectus (7-10 pages). These papers will be due at the end of each of the three “lenses” of the course: Kings, Popes and Politics, The Material World, and Individuals and Culture. The paper due at the end of each section should cover that topic’s material. However, the type of assignment that goes with each section of the course is up to you. The primary source analysis can be done for The Material World and the book review for Kings and Popes or vice versa. However, you must do each assignment once and only once, so plan ahead which topic you would like to couple with which assignment. I would encourage students to do the research prospectus last, as the first two assignments will help in the preparation of the research proposal. We will discuss each assignment more thoroughly in class. All of the resources for the assignments should be available either online or in the library. Please contact me or come speak to me during my office hours with any questions about any aspect of the assignments.

Late Papers:
Papers are due at or near the final week of each section. The first paper is due a week prior to the section end for the necessities of mid-term grading. Over the course of the semester, you get five free extension days to be used at your discretion. For example: if you turn in your first assignment on time, but your second assignment on Monday after it is due, you will have used three extension days and will have four remaining. Use these extensions wisely. Once they are gone, all papers are due as stated.

While I do not have an explicit penalty for late papers, any paper turned in after the due date will receive limited or no comments from me, only the grade. The final paper is due at the end of reading days and no extension is possible. No work will be accepted after Teusday, December 14th at Noon since I will not have time to grade it.

Paper Style and Academic Integrity:
The standard historical citation form in historical research is the Chicago Manual of Style. I am willing to accept other formats if you are more familiar with other forms. However, whichever form of citation you use, I would prefer the use of footnotes with clear references to the work and page numbers for any idea, argument or direct quote which is not your own. The only exception to this will be the citation style for a book review, which I will discuss in class. If you want to use Chicago Manual, Ohio State has a reasonable online summary of many of the basic styles (it begins with Sciences – scroll down for History samples). Also, Zotero makes citations very simple on your own computer and I will go over some of this in class, so, really, you have no excuse. If you have any questions about when to cite and how to cite, feel free to ask me at any time.

Variable Credit:
If a student consults with me, I am willing to offer this course for a variable amount of credits. However, the number of credits can only be Lowered until October 1st. I will allow students to increase the number of credits until November 15th, but after that time, no further adjustment of credits for the course will be possible. Students should also be warned that taking the course for less than 4 credits can often make transfer of the course to other schools difficult.
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