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Required Equipment: This class will use i-Clickers, which is available for purchase at the University Bookstore and must be registered at Clickers will be used for regular class participation, pop quizzes, and poll-taking.

Assigned Readings

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.

Class Participation: You are expected to regularly attend class, to bring your Clickers to each session, to bring reading materials to class the day that we discuss them, and to regularly contribute to discussions and in-class exercises. You are allowed three unexcused absences, but once you miss more than three classes, you will receive a 5-point deduction for each additional absence. In these cases, exceptions will be made only for emergencies and illnesses, with proper documentation provided.

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.

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Class Participation


Each session

Pop Quizzes



Team-Based Teaching


March 8 (Proposal)
April 10 (Annotated Bibliography)
April 24-May 3 (Teaching and Materials)

Final Exam


May 16, 8:00-10:00 am

A = 100-93 points | A- = 92-90 points | B+ = 89-87 points | B = 86-83 points | B- = 82-80 points
C+ = 79-77 points | C = 76-73 points | C- = 72-70 points | D = 69-65 points | E = Below 65 points

Class sessions will be structured around lectures, class discussions, and team-based exercises. Due to the contents of this course, sensitivity and respect for all are a must. Please turn off cell phones (or keep on vibrator alert in cases of “emergency” calls) before class begins. Texting and Internet surfing on personal laptops are considered disrespectful use of class time and will result in reduced points from your final grade if they become regular occurrences.

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.

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Understand what it means: plagiarism results when someone uses the ideas or writings of another and presents these ideas or writings as her or his own.

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.

You will need to familiarize yourself with copyright policies on “fair use” of others' creative works. Copyright “fair use” laws allow you to reproduce copyrighted work only if your use of such work is “transformative” of the original or if it contains a small portion of it. It is often difficult to determine the nature of such transformations and portions, so when in doubt, it is safest to seek permission from the copyright owner for free use (if your work is for educational rather than commercial purposes) or to pay a licensing fee. For more information, please visit Stanford University's website on copyright fair use laws: