Short quizzes will be given throughout the
course of the semester; the quizzes will cover the readings for the day.
You will write three two or three page essays
during the course of the semester. In the first you will focus on developing
descriptive skills, in the second you will conduct a comparison based upon
two primary sources, and in the third you will fashion an argument. You
will submit rough drafts that a colleague will critique before you hand
in the final draft.
Research Paper: 25%
In consultation with me, you will select the
topic and thesis, conduct the research and present your conclusions. The
process will include handing in a preliminary thesis and bibliography,
a rough draft which I will critique, and then the final draft.
You will take two exams during the semester,
a midterm that will cover material down to the beginning of Athenian democracy
(ca. 500 BC), and a final that focuses on the course from the midterm until
the end of the semester. The date of the midterm is Wednesday,
October 28th. The Registrar
has set Tuesday, December 22nd (9 am)
as the date for the final exam. Neither date is negotiable.
Class participation is an essential aspect
of this class, and consists of two components: preparation of readings
and assignments, and participation in classroom and electronic discussions.
Throughout the semester we will address a variety of issues in an electronic
chatroom accessible via Netscape. The Netscape HI 201W chatroom will form
an essential corollary to the course, for we will use it to generate discussion,
disseminate texts, announcements and other information, and raise issues
of interest. Contributions to class discussion - in both the classroom
and the chatroom - comprise the 15% of the grade devoted to class participation.
Of course, if you do not attend class you
can not participate in the in-class discussions. Participation in the chatroom
is no substitute for contributing in the classroom. You may take 3 absences
from the classroom during the semester without penalty -- no questions
asked, no explanation necessary. After three absences, each absence will
result in a significant lowering of the class participation grade.