Since we will all be members of a learning community this semester, enthusiastic and dedicated class participation is essential. We will discuss what makes a positive learning environment for you during the first week of class.
Daily assignments should be completed before class on the day on which they are listed on the syllabus.
My own expectations for seminar are:
- Informed, thoughtful, and respectful engagement in discussions, group activities, and in-class writing activities on a regular basis
- Preparation of assignments before class (including bringing issues and questions for discussion)
- Listening and responding to the professor and the other students on a daily basis (not just talking to talk, or talking in isolation from the larger conversation)
- Leading class discussion once during the semester
- Attendance and participation. More than three absences will severely affect your grade. See the main syllabus (5.1) about unexcused absences. See the MAKEUP section below about excused absences.
- Responding to your fellow students Blog Posts. These responses will count toward your Attendance and Participation grade for the course.
Some classroom conduct is disrespectful to your fellow students, because it distracts everyone in the class from the learning process. Please turn off cellphones and other digital communications devices. Please arrive to class on time; late arrivals are disruptive. Students who read the newspaper, do the crossword puzzle, Facebook or browse the web, or engage in some other such activity during class time can expect a public request in class to cease the activity, a prohibition from the use of a laptop, and/or a lower Participation and Attendance grade in the course.
I take academic integrity very seriously. Integrity means more than “not cheating.” We are a learning community, and our collective journey this semester depends upon mutual trust. As your professor, I pledge to be honest with you, and to do everything in my power to create an environment that enables learning. I hope that you will do the same for me as well as your peers.
Papers submitted late will be penalized one letter grade per 24-hour period late. The clock starts ticking when the assignment is due. Late penalties are calculated based on the time the paper is submitted to Sakai. (E.g., an “A” quality paper that was due Wednesday in class but was submitted on Thursday at 9 am will receive a B; if submitted at 5 pm Thursday, it will receive a C.) For papers, anything turned in past deadline C will be considered late. Deadlines A & B are fixed.
Students who miss a graded in-class assignment (such as a presentation or discussion facilitation) will receive a zero for that assignment.
Extensions on assignments and rescheduling in-class presentations/discussion facilitations will be provided only in emergencies (e.g., death in the immediate family, severe illness, etc.) or unavoidable conflicts with another required university commitment (such as an athletic competition) with advance notice. Students with an emergency should contact the professor to make alternative arrangements as soon as possible.
This course has an Absence Policy (see section 5.1 of the main syllabus): “After three unexcused absences, your final grade for the course will be lowered by one-third of a grade (i.e., from a “B+” to a “B”) for each day that you are absent from class without a valid excuse. This means that if you miss five days of class without a valid excuse, your final grade for the course will be lowered by two-thirds of a grade (i.e., from a “B+” to a “B-”). A valid excuse for missing class will require written documentation from a person who can certify the seriousness of your illness or other misfortune. Your instructor may require some form of make-up work for participation missed during an excused absence (emphasis added).” This make-up work is described here.
- Students may make-up their missed participation if they have documented illnesses, required sports games/meets or other university event, or a personal or family emergency (such as a death of a close relative). It is the professor’s discretion as to which absences can or should be made up.
- To make up an absence, students will provide a written analysis of the readings/websites/films for the missed day. The response will be a minimum of one page long , typed, 12-point font, and will be submitted via email within 24 hours of the student’s return to class. It will be evaluated for quality and will count toward missed participation that day, depending on the quality of the paper.
- At the beginning of the semester, athletes/debaters/etc. should provide me with the dates of class to be missed due to official university activities.
- Students who are too ill to come to class should go to health services and provide documentation with their make up assignment if they choose to make it up.
- Students with a personal or family emergency should email me to see if the absence can be made up.
- Lying to avoid a penalty is a violation of the Honor Code
- Make friends: Students who miss class should get notes from a peer before coming to talk to the professor about missed material.
- The make-up policy outlined above is designed for students who have unavoidable commitments or emergencies, which will lead to more than a week of absences. Students with multiple absences at the beginning of the semester should not expect accommodation late in the semester.
The course requires three formal essays between 1,300-1,400 words in length (about 5-6 pages). All essays should be in 12 point font, double-spaced, with normal margins. Each of these essays will be in response to a prompt designed and distributed by your professor. Your professor will tell you the specific due dates for your class.
In each paper, you will be required to build an argument that both analyzes relevant readings from the course anthology and offers a clear response to the question asked in the assignment prompt. The essay should be clearly structured with a thesis statement in the introduction. Any reader—say, a classmate—should be able to read the first paragraph and understand exactly what your main argument is going to be. Each paragraph should build on your thesis—explaining it, giving good reasons for your argument from the readings, and offering evidence—in other words, giving good examples to build your argument.
For further detail on what is expected, please see the grading rubric attached to this syllabus. There are also sample essays of exemplary student writing at the end of the course anthology.
All formal essays must be submitted through your section’s Sakai site, where they will be scored for originality against Turnitin.com’s anti-plagiarism database.
The Honor Code at the University of the Pacific calls upon each student to exhibit a high degree of maturity, responsibility, and personal integrity. Students are expected to:
- Act honestly in all matters,
- Actively encourage academic integrity,
- Discourage any form of cheating or dishonesty by others, and
- Inform the instructor and appropriate university administrator if she or he has a reasonable and good faith belief and substantial evidence that a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy has occurred.
Violations will be referred to and investigated by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. If a student is found responsible, it will be documented as part of her or his permanent academic record. A student may receive a range of penalties, including failure of an assignment, failure of the course, suspension, or dismissal from the University. The Academic Honesty Policy is located in Tiger Lore and online at http://www.pacific.edu/Campus-Life/Safety-and-Conduct/Student-Conduct/Tiger-Lore-Student-Handbook-.html