A. All are obliged to be on time (excessive lateness -- more than
15 minutes -- will result in counting as absence).
Because the success of this course is dependent on the students’ participation in the classroom, and the participation is only possible when given texts have been read:
A. students are obliged to come prepared into the classroom, having read the texts required for each class;
B. students are expected to participate in the discussion (class participation
will be counted toward your final grade).
A. To assure preparation for the classroom discussion, the students will write short (1-2 page) response papers, or prepare a list of questions for each class. These daily assignments will be handed to the instructor at the beginning of each class; however, just as the students are allowed four unexcused absences, so are they allowed a maximum of four missed daily assignments. These response papers, or questions and your class participation will count toward the final grade, by increasing your final grade by 1/3 of a grade. Missing more than four assignments, on the other hand, will affect the final grade in a negative way, similar to that of absences. Remember, even though they will not be graded, they will affect your final grade.
B. Beyond daily short response papers or questions, there will be two longer (6-8 pp) assignments that appear in the syllabus. Each assignment is broken into three stages: 1. Choosing the topic and preparing the bibliography; 2. Submitting outlines/drafts 3. Final Version. The final version will constitute 35% of the grade, while the two first stages will count as 10% each.
Deadlines: The deadlines are firm and are marked on the syllabus. Missing the deadline will result in lowering the grade for the assignment by 1 grade per day.
4. Grades for exams and papers:
A. When writing papers make sure that you state your thesis clearly at the beginning of your essay, then in the body of the paper provide evidence and arguments to support your claim. The final section should be devoted to conclusions. Pay attention to spelling (do not rely on spell-checks) and grammar. When grading exams and papers, I will take into account:
B. The final grade options:
A. In the classroom:
The students have the right to express their ideas freely. While free expression of ideas is strongly encouraged, both the students and the instructor are obliged to be respectful of other students.
B. Beyond the classroom:
1. The instructor is obliged to be in class on time.
2. If in case of emergency, I am not able to come to class, I will:
4. Beyond the classroom:
All work in the course is done under the Honor Code.
1. Plagiarism is one of the most serious academic offences a student can commit at Wesleyan.
Instances of plagiarism:
2. Personal problems:
If you have problems that affect your performance in this class, you may talk to me directly, or you may schedule an appointment with a counselor at the Health Services.