papers & projects
participation & attendance policies
student expectations of the professor
Scale: 90-100 A; 80-89 B; 70-79 C; 65-60 D; 59 and below
WEEKLY Reading Checks 20%
ONE Forum 20%
TWO Papers 40%
Take-Home Final Exam 20%
Expect reading checks of material read outside class. They are brief
and to the point. These will be at the beginning of class, and cannot
be made up.
for CASE STUDIES (Oral Presentation)
Each student is required to participate in one forum which will
discuss one of the CASE STUDIES of the course. The dates of the
forums are already in the course calendar. A sign-up sheet will
be circulated on the first day of class. You should begin to research
and prepare your case study as soon as the semester begins, so that
on the day of your presentation you:
(1) Turn in a written
formal essay (5 pg.) and
(2) present a 5-10 minute oral presentation to the class based
on your research of the issue. Be sure to use visual aids and/or
handouts as well as to prepare with notecards. Don't try to "wing
it." Come prepared so that you are the "expert" teaching the class
about this topic. To help you with the case study, I will give
each of you a guide to beginning your specific topic, including
preliminary research on reserve (under GUNKEL) in the Columbia
There are two essays throughout the semester.
1. One of them should
be five pages long, and it is a CULTURAL STUDIES analysis of the
topic you've chosen for your case study. This critical paper is
due on the day of your presentation. It should use research and
your own observation/interpretation of the topic. Please see the
Case Study Guide for your unit to begin the project research.
2. The other essay
is shorter--two to three pages long--and consists of an analytical
report on field work. All Students will sign up for Museum
or Nature fieldwork. In weeks 3 and 4, half of the class will
present a 3-5 minute report on their analysis and turn in the
paper at class. The paper should report observations and interpretation
of the space in question.
- All papers must be
typed double spaced, with margins of one inch on each side of
the page and in a font no larger than 12.
- Handwritten papers
will not be accepted.
- 10 points will automatically
be subtracted from any essays handed in late.
- If your essay grade
is 69 (D+) or less, you may do a revision of the paper to improve
your grade (no more than 15 points from you original grade).
- Note: Clear and coherent
writing will be an important factor in your success in this class.
I urge you to visit Columbia College's Writing Center and make
use of their tutors before you hand in written work. I will also
be more than happy to look at rough drafts during my office hours
and via email.
The final exam questions will be provided one week before the due
date for the exam. The final is due on the last meeting of the class.
NO LATE EXAMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Your participation is an essential component of this course. This
course is designed as a seminar, in which the class is lead by a
discussion and not by a lecture. Everyone is expected to engage
in class discussions. Your participation grade is indeed a very
subjective grade, and it is my opportunity to evaluate you as a
student. Participation does not necessarily mean answering every
single question, but rather coming to class, being alert and paying
attention, not falling asleep during class, actively participating
in group activities, etc. Participation is above all a willingness
to listen respectfully, to learn, to question yourself and others.
It is extremely important that you come to class. You are allowed
two unexcused absences during the semester. After that, you WILL
jeopardize the completion of this course (that means that you could
fail the class). You are responsible for the material covered in
each class you were absent. Absence is not a legitimate excuse for
coming unprepared to class or for not turning an assignment in on
Late arrivals, early departures: every two instances that you either
arrive FIFTEEN minutes late or more, or leave FIFTEEN minutes or
more before class ends, count as one absence.
Please review the Academic Integrity Policies, which can be found
on the Columbia College Student Handbook. It is my policy to fail
a student from the entire course if s/he has plagiarized in any
assignment of this class.
to expect from the Professor
- The professor will not
insult your intelligence by expecting less from you than college-level
- The professor will provide
suggestions, feedback, and critical evaluation concerning all aspects
of the learning process both in and outside of class.
- The professor will provide
feedback, and will evaluate student work fairly, honestly, and constructively.
- The professor will challenge
you to think and ask Why?
- The Professor will respect
all students by discussing and evaluating ideas and not personalities--and
will expect no less from the members of the class.
- The professor will strive
to maintain a bias-free classroom that judges the merit of ideas
not individuals. She will expect that all members of the class respond
to each other respectfully. Students who do not conduct their intellectual
work respectfully will be asked to leave the class.
- The Professor will
bring not only her expertise but also her enthusiasm for learning
to our classroom environment.