Assessment

Please see Canvas Files for detailed instructions and rubrics.

  1. Professionalism (25%): Preparation, online / in-person participation, discussion guides, weekly blog posts and comments
    • Discussion Guides: Complete the discussion guide on Canvas by 1:30PM every Tuesday. Discussion guides deal with lecture and readings for that week’s class. If you will not attend the in-class discussion, you complete the reflection question(s) at the end of the discussion guide (not required for in-person attendees) and submit on Canvas.
    • Weekly Blog Posts and Comments: Each week, in response to reading(s) and video(s), you will write 300-400 words on a blog (due by Monday at midnight for the following day’s discussion) and comment on at least two of your classmates’ blogs posts (due by Thursday at midnight).
  2. Mid-term Examination (15%)
    Comprised of matching, select-all-that-apply, and other “short form” questions, as well as identification, commentary, and analysis of short passages from readings.
    Sample identification and analysis questions from past semesters: 2014, 2014 make-up, 2015, 2017, 2017 make-up, 2019; 2020.
  3. Short Research and Writing Assignment (10%)
    You will locate at least two sources (maximum of three) that relate to a topic that interests you (ideally this topic will contribute to your final project). You will write 2-3 double-spaced pages of summary and analysis of the sources, which you will both submit on Canvas and post to your blog. At least one of the sources must be a quality scholarly publication (e.g., article, book chapter).
  4. Abstract/Outline + Bibliography (5%)
    In preparation for final project, you will prepare an abstract and outline, as well as an initial annotated bibliography.
  5. Final Project (Research Essay or Group Video Project) (25%)
    You will prepare a final essay (individual) or a video (group, to be uploaded to YouTube, with a CC-BY-NC license) expanding on the material studied in one week of the course.
  6. Final Examination (20%)
    Similar to the midterm, the final will be comprised of matching, select-all-that-apply, and other “short form” questions, as well as identification, commentary, and analysis of short passages from readings. The exam will be comprehensive, with a focus (75%) on new material.
  7. Quizzes
    There may well be occasional quizzes, but these will not be part of the final grade; they are to help you (and me) judge whether you are keeping up with the material and to provide an example of the types of questions you will see on the midterm and final exam.

If you miss more than two weeks of online or in-person participation, your grade will be affected (A to B+; B+ to B-, etc.); if you miss more than three, your grade will go down by a full letter (A to B; B+ to C+, etc.).