HIST267: East European Jewish History
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
- 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).
- One 5-7 page papers based on primary sources.
- One assignment based on the museum object: I. description of the object; II. Historical/contexual narrative related to the object.
- Take-home midterm and final exam
- 4 one-page responses to the readings (2 in the first half of the semester, two after the Spring Break)
- Class attendance (3 unexcused absences allowed, 4+ will entail grade penalty)
- Excessive lateness (more than 15 minutes) counts as absence.
- Sleeping in class also counts as absence.
- Class participation: the success of this class depends on our mutual
involvement and therefore your participation in class discussions is
crucial. You can earn points for: participating in class discussions;
responding to post-class surveys; and posting on the Moodle Forum (3 points
total/per class), for a total points of 50. The minimum expectation is 2 points/class, if you do all
of the three, you will get a bonus grade. There are several extra credit
opportunities by participating in extra credit events.
- There are writing fellows available at the Writing Center, I encourage you to work with them on your papers.
- All written assignments are due on the day noted in the syllabus. Papers must be submitted 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 and acknowledgment of sources (footnotes, proper acknowledgment of ideas and sources).
- Footnoting should follow Chicago Manual Style 15thA (on EndNote), they correspond to the formats given in Mary Rampolla's book A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, which is required for this class. Improper footnoting will result in grade penalty, and/or referring the case to the Honor Board.
- Plagiarism is one of the most serious academic offenses a student can commit at Wesleyan.
- Instances of plagiarism:
o submitting essays or portions of essays written by other people as one's own;
o failing to acknowledge, through footnotes and bibliographical entries, the source of ideas that are essentially not one's own;
o failing to indicate paraphrases or ideas or verbatim expressions not one's own through proper use of quotations and footnotes;
o submitting an essay written for one course to a second course without having sought prior permission from both instructors (self-plagiarism).
- Primary source paper: (draft 10% each, final version 15%)
- Material culture project: (object description 10%; historical/contextual narrative 10%)
- Responses to readings (5%)
- Midterm and final exams (15% midterm, 25% final)
- Class participation: 10% (bonus: 100% rate of attendance).
- Penalties: missing more than 3 classes, missing the assignment deadline.