RELI396: Methods and Theories in Jewish Studies
Students' Rights and Obligations, or the Requirements
All work in the course is done under the Honor Code. Cases will be brought to the Honor Board, should questions concerning potential or actual violation of the Honor Code arise
- Six 2-page response papers discussing the readings argument and approach
- A research project (proposal + bibliography; outline; draft; final version)
- Class attendance (3 unexcused absences allowed, 4+ will entail grade penalty); attendance at ALL scheduled talks and dinners.
- Excessive lateness (more than 15 minutes) and sleeping in class count as absence.
- Class participation: the success of this class depends on our mutual involvement and therefore your participation in class discussions is crucial: participation in class discussions (1-2 points per class), postings on discussion boards (1 point/per posting), reflections on each class (1 point/class).
- To express their ideas freely, while being respectful to others.
- To meet with me during office hours to discuss issues related to the course or students? performance in the classroom.
- To make an appointment outside office hours (via email).
- To know their grade at any give time during the semester.
- To give me feedback throughout the duration of the semester (in fact, you are encouraged to do so).
- A writing fellow is available for the class at the Writing Workshop, you can approach him/her on your own, or you may be referred to him/her, should the need arise.
- All written assignments are due on the day noted in the syllabus, posted through moodle. No extensions will be given. There will be a grade penalty for lateness (1 grade per day).
- Papers are graded based on: clarity of writing; evidence provided to support the claim; insight; argument; spelling and punctuation; proper use of sources (footnotes, proper acknowledgment of ideas and sources), proper formatting.
- Footnoting should follow the formats given in Mary Rampolla's book Mary Lynn Rampolla A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, which is required for this class, and ENDNOTE program, Chicago 15th A format. Improper footnoting will result in grade penalty and/or referring the case to the Honor Board, while improper formatting will result in grade penalty.
- Plagiarism is one of the most serious academic offenses a student can commit at Wesleyan.
- Instances of plagiarism:
- submitting essays or portions of essays written by other people as one's own;
- failing to acknowledge, through footnotes and bibliographical entries, the source of ideas that are essentially not one's own;
- failing to indicate paraphrases or ideas or verbatim expressions not one's own through proper use of quotations and footnotes;
- submitting an essay written for one course to a second course without having sought prior permission from both instructors (self-plagiarism).
- 2-page response papers (5% each = 30%)
- Research project (bibliography 5%; outline 5%; draft 20%; final paper 20% = 50%)
- Class participation: 20%.
- Bonus: 100% rate of attendance and postings.
- Penalties: missing more than 3 classes, missing the assignment deadline.