Assignments and Grading

Response Papers (100 pts)

About half the weeks this semester, you’ll write a brief paper (about 300 words each, unless otherwise stated) responding to a choice of questions in light of your assigned reading and viewing, an interview or site visit, and/or a connection with another course you’re taking. Two or three times a month I’ll then choose excerpts from 6-8 responses to post at the course blog, where you will comment on each other’s work and sustain our conversations apart from F2F class. (collectively these short writing assignments will be worth 20% of your grade)

Annotated Bibliography (50 pts)

As a preliminary research exercise, you’ll pick a historical field of particular personal interest, identify at least ten significant secondary sources on the topic, and compile them (using proper citation from Turabian’s Manual) into an annotated bibliography (worth 10% of your grade; due 2/20).

Essays (150 pts)

In place of exams, twice this semester you’ll write a five-page essay (each worth 15% of your grade): a midterm essay laying out a preliminary version of your own philosophy of history, as it’s informed by Christian practice, belief, and imagination (3/20); and a final essay reflecting on your vocation as a Christian with an interest in history (5/26).

Group Projects (100 pts)

One of the objectives of this course is to learn how to work in groups and present your findings by means other than written communication. To that end, you’ll take part in two group projects (each worth 10% of your grade): before Spring Break, you’ll develop and present a small digital history project as a conclusion to our unit on the digital humanities with Prof. Goldberg (3/3). Then in April you’ll research and present an aspect of how history is used in American culture — e.g., film/TV, video games, popular music, political discourse, advertising, etc. (Presentations start 5/1 and continue the following week)

Course Participation (100 pts)

Both online (through blog comments) and F2F (through seminar discussion), it is expected that you participate actively in class (total: 20% of your grade). See course expectations below for more details. Note that I may occasionally assess your preparation for class participation by giving a pop quiz on readings or having you do some short in-class writing.

Grading Scale
A   94-100% B+   87-89.9% C+   77-79.9% D+   67-69.9%
A-   90-93.9% B   84-86.9% C   74-76.9% D   60-66.9%
B-   80-83.9% C-   70-73.9% F   below 60%
Late Policy

All assignments should be turned in promptly, typically via Moodle. I will give extensions in case of illness or emergency, but you must make every effort to contact me ahead of the due date.

The annotated bibliography and essays may be penalized one-half letter grade for each day or fraction of a day after the due date. Late response papers will be docked half a grade per hour late, since failure to complete them obstructs the functioning of the midweek discussion that takes place online.

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