|25%||class participation||in class discussions of the readings|
|75%||weekly essays||due every Friday, approximately 750 words that summarizes the reading or identifies an open research question that arises from the reading|
|10%||topic selection and abstract||The topic should be selected and the abstract should be drafted by the fourth week of the semester|
|10%||bibliography||The bibliography should be roughly complete by the middle of the semester, but of course there will be other material added as the semester progresses. This bibliography will serve as the foundation for your research paper.|
|55%||research paper||The research paper is the culmination of the semester.|
Students with successful, accepted submissions to these conferences will receive an
A, even if this requires a grade change.