Assignments and other requirements
- regular attendance and enthusiastic participation in discussion
- ten sets of "reading notes," five of which must be submitted before
April 30 (for more info, click here)
- a contribution to our class website, due on the last day of class (for more
info, click here)
- 5% for each set of reading notes (10 x 5% = 50%)
- 35% for class participation
- 15% for your contribution to the website
More on reading notes
I'm asking you to do reading notes instead of more formal papers and exams
because I want to make sure that you do the reading as carefully and thoroughly
as possible. I also want you to use the notes as a way of preparing for
discussions--so notes on Marx, say, are due in class on the day assigned to
Marx. Your notes should address three basic points:
1. Familiar stuff: Which ideas from today's readings seem familiar to you?
Where have you seen those ideas before?
2. Unfamiliar stuff: Which ideas from today's readings seem
unfamiliar to you? What information would help you to make better sense of
today's reading, and why?
3. Other stuff: What seems most attractive or intriguing about today's
readings, and what seems most off-putting? How could you use ideas from
today's readings in some of your other courses?
More on your contribution to the
Your contributions to the class website can take one of two forms. You can
write an essay, preferably one that exploits the medium of the web, in which
you interpret and assess some of our readings; or you can explain how a text or
practice of your choosing might look when viewed through the lenses provided by
a few of our theorists. If you've never made a webpage before, have no
fear--it's easy. Besides, I'll schedule a session for sometime next week, so
that you can learn the basics.
Other policies, office hours
I will take attendance every day. You can miss only three classes without a
penalty. Each additional unexcused absence will reduce your final grade by
one-third of a letter grade. I do grant brief extensions--but if you ask for an
extension, you should be prepared to set a new deadline for the missing
assignment, one that will be absolutely binding. If you do not meet the new
deadline, you will get an "F" on the assignment. Office hours this term are
from 2:00 to 4:00 on Monday afternoons.
revised March 30, 1999
mail to Tim Spurgin