TuTh 2.10-3.30 LI 213


Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Hours: TuW 11

Participation 20% Participation in class discussions is an essential element in a seminar, and consists of preparing the readings in advance and contributing substantively to the class' discussions of various issues. Attendance is critical in such a course, and more than two unexcused absences will result in a significant lowering of your participation grade.
Presentation of readings 20% During the 3rd-8th weeks of the course you will direct the class' consideration of assigned readings. You will be responsible for doing the reading in advance, circulating via email 24 hours in advance critical questions to prompt in-class discussion, and steering the discussions to critique the essential points made by the authors. Click here for a more thorough explanation of seminar presentations.
Research project 60%

The second half of the semester will focus on research projects each class member will design and pursue. The project, which culminates in a 20-page research paper, consists of the following:

  • 20%: research topic reports (Nov. 2); paper updates (Nov. 18); final presentations of the paper (Nov. 30 - Dec. 14).
  • 10%: thesis, abstract and preliminary bibliography (Nov. 16)
  • 30%: research paper (Dec. 17)