Course Requirements

Attendance and Participation – 15%

Attendance: You must attend all class meetings in order to succeed in this course. More than three unexcused absences will result in a meeting with me to discuss your performance and a reduced course grade.

Participation: I want to hear your voice. Moreover, I want you as students and professionals to gain the confidence to share your thoughts and insights with others. I know that thinking out-loud is sometimes the hardest thing to do. Luckily, I’m not looking for perfection. Instead, I’m looking to see that you have 1) read the assigned material and are prepared to discuss it in detail; 2) not only read but also thought deeply about what you have been assigned by developing observations and question before our class meeting; and 3) are curious and willing to engage in class discussion. So please, be vocal, be curious, and above all have fun!

Homework – 20%

In addition to the weekly readings, you must contribute a blog post and comment on your group’s posts each week. Consistency in this area will be critical to your success in the course.

Essay 1 – 10%

Essay 2 – 15%

Final Research Essay – 20%

Group Presentation – 10%

Annotated Bibliography – 10%