First, please fill in the user profile on D2L (the “About me” section). This counts for one point and gives me a chance to know a bit more about you.
The course is organized (thematically and chronologically) according largely to a weekly schedule and around weekly assignments. You should come to class having done the readings and prepared to contribute at least one observation about the topic at hand. The course is about more than memorizing names and dates, you will also be asked to develop your own approach to the material.
You will also contribute one short web posting each week. These postings should respond directly to the readings and discussion questions provided in the syllabus or online. Each posting is due by 9 AM every Monday (unless otherwise noted in the syllabus) and should be between 300- and 500-word long. Post your assignment on the D2L website for the class. Keep them short and to the point, longer is not necessarily better. Clarity and brevity are ideal. As you will see, the weekly questions make direct reference to the assigned readings, and your answer should do the same. Basically, you have to prove that you have done the readings and that you have spent at least a few minutes thinking what they mean (historically). This is an easy way to lock in an “A” for a large portion of your final grade. Just turn them in on time and be certain that they address the readings and the issues at hand directly and clearly.
Each posting will be graded as “plus,” “check” or “minus.” “Plus” means you get the 4 points slated for that posting; “minus” means zero points; “check” means two points —you did the posting but with minimal effort. Remember, if your posting is not based on the weekly readings, it will receive zero points. Postings shorter than 300 words will receive no points.
These postings are a major portion of your grade and must be turned in the day they are due. You should post the assignment even if you are absent. If that is not possible, you can email it, fax it, or you may have a roommate or a friend bring a hard copy to the Department of History by noon on the day the assignment is due. After that time, late assignments will no longer be accepted.
NB: The class website http://dingo.sbs.arizona.edu/~flanza/hist_270/ is the ultimate authority on what is due and when. Please check it as often as possible, because weekly questions might change from what is stated in this syllabus.
You will be asked to write four short papers, 3- or 4-page long. The topic and structure of each paper will be explained in class and it is briefly summarized in the syllabus. Papers are not always due on Monday so check the syllabus/website/D2L. No web posting the week in which a paper is due. Late papers will be accepted but an entire letter grade will be deducted each day the paper is late.
Finally, there is a take-home final for this class, but no midterm.