Course Packet (abbreviated in the course schedule as CP), which can be purchased at Mary Jane Books, located on the corner of Western Ave. and Quail St.
Additional readings and materials are available on Blackboard 9.1.
Pop Quizzes: Occasionally, you will take quizzes in class, through the use of Clickers, based on reading and video assignments. Because these quizzes will be unannounced, you must always anticipate a “pop” quiz, so be prepared by doing reading assignments ahead of class time and by showing up to class on time. There will be no make-up quizzes, nor will you receive extra time to complete them if you show up late; please remember that the quizzes are conducted through Clickers. Your two lowest quiz grades will be dropped from your final grade.
Team-Based Learning and Teaching: You will be randomly assigned to one of 8 teams this semester. Occasionally, you will be meeting with your teams in class and engaging in group work and discussions over reading and video assignments, beginning in February. Beyond the in-class team meetings, you are responsible for planning and preparing for a Debate Team session with your team members. These sessions will take place from April 24 through May 3. Your team will have an opportunity to work on a Proposal for this Debate Session (due in class on Thursday, March 8), preparing to debate a selected question, as voted by the class. You will be given the task of preparing and debating an argument in response to the question and debating the issue with another team in a special session. The debate session will last 60 minutes. Prior to the debate, the class will be polled on their positions, and after the debate, the class will be polled again to see if their positions have changed based on the debate. Whichever debate team “wins” that session will earn 5 bonus points on the final exam. Please check the Course Schedule for your scheduled Debate session. Each team must submit an Annotated Bibliography of 10-12 primary and secondary sources consulted in your research on the topic, due in class on Tuesday, April 10.
Final Exam: The final exam will cover materials studied in the semester and include short-answer questions, true/false questions, and a short essay. Some of these questions you will help to formulate and post on Blackboard. It is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, 8:00-10:00 am.
COURSE FORMAT AND EXPECTATIONS
Late assignments will result in a 5-point reduction for each day late. After two days late, you will receive a “0” for that assignment. Plagiarism and cheating are university offenses and will result in failing grades.
When citing sources, it is best to present ideas using your own original words. If you fully understand a source, you will be able to completely describe its themes and ideas in your own words and from your own perspective. However, if you copy a passage that someone else wrote and only change a few words around, it becomes plagiarism.
When quoting directly from sources, it is best to use direct quotes only if the phrasing is apt and powerfully stated; be sure to include proper citation. If the quote is not revelatory or eloquent but simply provides some useful information, then it is best to explain the information completely in your own words while providing proper citation.
TO AVOID COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT: