About every two weeks students
prepare 2-3 page critical responses (for a total of six), due at the
beginning of class, in which they discuss the last two weeks' readings,
synthesize class discussions, voice questions about readings, and
provide short analyses of the material. These responses should be
insightful, focused, and fresh. Most importantly, critical responses
should show that you have read all readings carefully and that you have
engaged with the ideas presented in readings and in class.
The final paper (minimum six pages in length) asks that you synthesize
and elaborate in some of the concepts and ideas presented during the
semester. The paper can be a more extended discussion of specific
concepts we have studied, or it can be a creative exercise inspired by
our readings. Think of the final paper as an opportunity to flesh out
particular questions or issues that have come up and you find
All papers--critical responses and the final paper--must employ correct MLA documentation
to receive an A grade.
Please review this
page for more information about papers.
UVSC policy requires that each course ends with a final examination. The
final exam in this course will take place during the scheduled exam
period and will encompass a "performance" of your final paper. We will
discuss details of this final exam in class. You must attend the final
exam to pass the course.
Attendance is required. The course is structured around student
participation and in-depth discussions of readings. In addition, many
assignments, instructions, and potential changes to the calendar are
given in class. You will complete class successfully and comfortably if
you keep up your reading and writing, and if you come to class prepared
to discuss the readings. Students are expected to arrive on time. In
case of an absence, it is the student's responsibility to find out what
was covered. After three absences, your course grade may be lowered by
one step (e.g., A to A-, B+ to B, D to E, etc.). A student with more
than seven absences cannot pass this course.
Preparation for class discussion includes the
You have located the day's reading, and have
printed it out
You have read the reading carefully and have
thought about questions and comments to make in class
You have brought the print-out and discussion
questions to class
In-class writing assignments will happen almost every day. These are
short reading quizzes and warm-ups for the subsequent class discussion.
Each quiz is worth 5 points. They cannot be made up in case of an absence.
I generally do not accept late work. In case of a problem or delay,
students need to talk to me ahead of time.
The final grade for this course will be determined as follows:
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