Graded Course Components

  • First Essay = 40%
  • Second Essay = 30%
  • Third Essay = 15%
  • Participation = 15%

Total = 100%

Schedule of Assignments

  1. Essay #1: assigned on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. The first essay covers all materials from Sessions 1 through 5. It is due on Monday, February 27, 2017, at 6:00pm (18h00). The maximum word limit will not exceed 2,000 words. See submission details below.
  2. Essay #2: assigned on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The second essay covers all materials from Sessions 6 through 9. It is due on Monday, March 27, 2017, at 6:00pm (18h00). The maximum word limit will not exceed 1,500 words. See submission details below.
  3. Essay #3: assigned on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The third and final essay may involve a general question applicable to the whole course, or it may focus on materials covered from Sessions 10 through 11. It is due on Monday, April 10, 2017, at 6:00pm (18h00). The maximum word limit will not exceed 1,000 words. See submission details below.

Notifications of receipt of your assignments will usually be sent out within 3 hours after the passing of the deadline, but not before.


Lectures and assigned readings are the basis for assignments in this course. Please observe that lecture notes are not provided on the “slides” shown in class—those are simply headings used to organize the lecture, and the occasional quote. Also, the course director never supplies students with lecture notes should they miss class—it is the students’ full responsibility to acquire all course materials.

The take-home essays each consist of a single question. You will be notified by email when the assignment sheet has been uploaded. Papers are also submitted by email to:

Please note that the only acceptable file formats for papers are either .doc, .docx., .odt, .rtf., or .txt
Do not send a link to or file from Google documents (i.e., .gdoc is not acceptable).
To be safe, you may opt to copy and paste your essay into the body of your email message.
Do not send a PDF copy of your paper.

Please note that late papers are not accepted. See the course policies that follow. Sending a paper in the wrong format (see above), or neglecting to attach the paper, or the right paper to your email, could also constitute lateness.

For the take-home essays:

  • Use assigned readings and lecture notes.
  • Lecture notes do not need to be cited as such in your essay. Omit references to “class notes” and “lectures,” as well as discussions.
  • When quoting material from assigned readings, simply end the sentence in which the material appears with a basic reference in parentheses, like this: (Smith, 1998, p. 92). That is the surname of the author, the year of the publication, and the page number where the material appears. Be careful to note that editors of collections with multiple authors, are not to be cited as if they were authors.
  • Only if you decide, on your own initiative, to quote items that were not assigned, should you provide a formal list of References at the end of your essay. Please keep in mind that citing outside sources will not, in and of itself, warrant a boost in your grade. When preparing the list of References (if one is needed), follow the basic format shown in this syllabus.

Finally, participation in class discussions is a must. This course promotes active learning, which cannot happen by being withdrawn and without investment in shaping interpretations of the assigned materials. That also entails regular attendance as a prerequisite (though not sufficient by itself). Participants will have questions, comments, and opinions to share. However, if daunted by speaking spontaneously, or feeling that there is a competitive environment where a few voices dominate, participants should approach the course director concerning the option of presenting prepared summaries of assigned readings. In some instances, the course director will instead opt to assign verbal presentations of summaries of readings, for the purposes of review and discussion in the course.