HI203 Rise of Athens

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Hours: MF 12-1pm
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Over the course of the semester you will develop writing skills that will help you craft clear and cogent prose and that will assist you in doing fine work on an exam. The course requirements are designed to help you sharpen these skills. You will write two short (3-4 pages) essays that ask you to research, compare and analyze primary sources only on an assigned topic. You will also prepare a final research paper in multiple stages that allows you to develop a project on aspects of Greek history that interest you. Finally, you will write in class one midterm exam and one comprehensive final exam.
The class participation grade is based upon how well you prepare the readings and assignments before class and then contribute substantively to discussions in the classroom and in the Blackboard Discussion Board (see more below). Each individual takes a different approach to class participation, from active engagement at every class meeting to a more passive and quiet demeanor. In this class, I expect all of you to participate regularly; to that end, you should plan to offer a significant contribution to our class discussions at least once each week - at least one substantive comment in the classroom and at least one substantive response to a Discussion Board question. Obviously, if you do not attend class you can not participate in the in-class discussions, and your class participation grade will drop precipitously. Come to class, come prepared and contribute. And mark your calendars: on the evening of Monday, November 7th, 7pm in Davis Auditorium, we will watch the Zack Snyder (2007) film 300, based on Frank Miller's graphic novel of the same name and on Herodotus' account of the Battle of Thermopylae.
Blackboard Discussion Board: For Friday, Sept. 9th, I have posted a question to which you should all respond in the Blackboard Discussion Board under the "Forum" labelled "Sept. 9th question." Beginning with the second week of classes, each class session will include two questions prompted by the readings, posted both on this website and in the Blackboard Discussion Board as separate "Forum" entries. You should respond to one question per week: with 24-30 students and two questions per class, that means each question will have 4-5 responses. Please respond only once per week and refrain from commenting further in the Forum until the minimum number of responses have appeared, so that everyone has a chance to be heard. Only then may you comment more than once.
All assignments and exams have set deadlines and dates which are outlined here and are non-negotiable. Because you will receive the paper assignments in advance, no late papers will be accepted. Excused absences for the midterm and final exam will be granted only if you are severely ill and notify me in advance. Late papers and missed exams earn a grade of "F."
If you are a student with a disability and believe you will need academic accommodation, you must formally request accommodation from Meg Hegener, Coordinator for Students with Disabilities.  You will also need to provide documentation which verifies the existence of a disability and supports your request.  For further information, please call 580-8150, or stop by the office of Student Academic Services in Starbuck Center.
Class Participation
  • Daily

Essay 1

  • Sept. 16th: assignment
  • Sept. 26th: essay 1 due, 1.25pm

Essay 2

  • Oct. 3rd: assignment
  • Oct. 10th: first drafts distributed to peers
  • Oct. 10th-11th: peer critiques
  • Oct. 12th: first draft and critique due
  • Oct. 19th: final draft due, 1.25pm
  • Oct. 24th
  • Nov. 7th, 7pm
  • Oct. 31st: assignment
  • Nov. 16th: short essay due, 1.25pm
  • Dec. 9th: final draft due, 1.25pm
Final exam
  • Monday, December 19, 6-9pm