Texts and Materials
This is a reading intensive course. Readings for each session will be made available on reserve. Two copies of each article will be available from folders in the Olin Science library. When readings are available on-line they will be linked to from the course schedule page.
Breakdown of Credit
The course grade will be computed as follows:
Each student will write two papers. These are weighted equally. The first paper will deal with the issues and sources raised in the first part of the course. The second paper will deal primarily with the issues and sources raised in the second part of the course. Each paper will be between eight and ten pages long. Sample topics will be provided later, but students are encouraged to come up with their own essay questions.
Details to follow.
Participation & Attendance
Students are expected to fully complete assigned
readings before each class and to come prepared to discuss the related questions
posted on the course course web site. Analysis and discussion of the
readings are very important parts of the course and will comprise a portion of
the final grade. The professor will call on students who do not regularly take
part in class discussion, so be prepared!
The participation grade is calculated as follows:
If you feel uncomfortable speaking in class, an alternative is available. This is to submit electronically answers of about 400 words to any two of the discussion questions. Competent answers will receive two discussion credits. Exceptional answers may receive a bonus.