Guidelines for preparing written assignments (including posts):
The following elements will be considered with regards to evaluating and grading the written assignments handed in for this course. Please read these notes very carefully before doing your written work.
Required for all written assignments (including exams): Grammar and Punctuation.
Required for all written assignments (including exams and annotated reading): Precision in Footnoting, Endnoting, and/or Providing a Bibliography (if applies): Any time you make a statement that is not considered “common knowledge” you have to indicate, through a footnote or endnote, the source of this information, i.e., who said it, when, and, where (text, publisher, edition, page, etc.). There are several ways of doing this. Just consult any of the available manuals on the issue. “When in doubt, footnote…” I have to have some way of going back and reconstructing the way you carried out your research. I can’t do this without the proper footnotes or endnotes and a bibliography.
Required for all written assignments, particularly for papers and exams: Adequacy Vis-a-vis Brilliance: It’s perfectly all right to talk about other people’s /”authorities'” views on different issues and to later string together a bunch of paraphrases and quotes. This, however, will never get you anything above a “B”. To get anything above that you’ll have to carry out outstanding and above-average work. The latter means: (a) making a critical use of the sources of information available/employed (i.e., clearly demonstrating where you agree or disagree with “x” or “y” person, source and why); and (b) carrying out an original interpretation and analysis of the information and opinions you include (i.e., confronting and comparing different data and/or opinions, pointing out contradictions or similarities between data and/or opinions, summarizing views and coming to logical conclusions, etc.).
Required for all written assignments (including exams): Coherency and Consistency: Starting out to prove one thing and concluding just the opposite, without making note or explaining the nature of this change, is an example of incoherence and lack of consistency in one’s argument. Stating one’s views and then presenting “supporting”data or opinions that prove just the opposite is another example of the same. Any one of these will be penalized.
You will be asked to reflect on the week’s readings by engaging with at least two authors and one theme/concept and coming up with your own summary, interpretation and critical engagement. The primary objectives of this exercise are for you to demonstrate competence in three areas:
Displaying a clear understanding of the basic arguments presented by each selected author.
Further, to demonstrate an understanding of the interconnectedness between the various readings and the perspectives of various authors (and whether this interconnectedness is based on agreement, disagreement, or some admixture thereof).
Finally, in light of your own critical reflection on these texts, to clearly articulate your own perspective on this issue. Whether your perspective is in agreement/disagreement with that of the selected authors/filmmakers, it is necessary for you argue WHY you agree or disagree, HOW you came to your own conclusion, and on what basis/evidence.