Readings & Tools
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There are no required books to purchase. All of the assigned readings will be shared on the course site and available to you for free online or through GMU Libraries online access. I expect you to complete all assigned readings before class.
For those of you new to writing in history, I recommend Mary Lynn Rampolla’s, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History to help you navigate the research and writing.
Working in Public
You’ll post all the work in this class to the web, where it’ll be widely accessible to the public. Often, this results in students taking the work more seriously. Sometimes interested “strangers” will find your work and engage with you in the comments or on your pages. You are welcome to use a pseudonym or nickname if you’d like, but I’ll need to know what that is. Rest assured, your work will be open, but your grades and your feedback will not. If you would prefer to keep your work private, please see me and we can co-design alternative assignments.
In order to keep us both on the same page with your digital assignments, all assignments must be submitted to me using the Assignment Submission Form. This allows me to keep (and share with you, if necessary) a record, including the date and timestamp, of all of your assignment submissions. I will not grade assignments unless they are turned in using this form.
Your course portfolios will include a “last modified” plugin. My default is not to grade work that was edited or completed after the date and time it was due. But I do know strange things can happen on the Internet, so if you must edit something after you’ve turned it in, you need to let me know. Give me a warning and we’ll work it out.
Late Work & Attendance
If you are not in class, you are responsible for making up the work and learning the skills you’ve missed in that week’s workshop.
All assignments must be published and submitted by the date and time they are due. Late assignments will be penalized 1/3 of a grade (eg. From a B to a B-) after the deadline. I will deduct an additional 1/3 of a grade for each 6 hours that pass before the assignment is completed.
That said, I do recognize that emergencies can arise. In accordance with university regulations, professors in the Department of History and Art History reschedule exams (in this class, the equivalent is your Midterm and Final Project assignments) for a medical or family emergency. Work-related, social or personal obligations are not adequate excuses for rescheduling or obtaining an extension on the Midterm or Final Project assignment. If you have something that seems to be causing an issue with either the Midterm or Final Project, please see me and we can discuss.
Please bring a working laptop to every class—you’ll need it to complete the required in-class exercises. Please charge your battery or remember to bring your power cord. While I encourage the use of technology, if you are clearly using your devices for things other than coursework, your participation grade will suffer.
Email is the best way to reach me; I will usually respond within one business day and I will expect the same of you. Mason uses only GMU email accounts to communicate with enrolled students. I will not correspond with non-GMU email addresses.
Computers are awesome, but you must expect that you will encounter problems at some point. Back up your work on an external hard drive or in a Dropbox account. Have a “plan B” for computer use or Internet access should your primary options fail you. Computer failures are not acceptable as an excuse for late assignments and will not constitute an emergency.
Please silence all your devices.
All GMU students have agreed to abide by the letter and the spirit of the University Honor Code not to cheat, plagiarize, steal, and/or lie about matters related to academic work. All violations of the Honor Code will be reported to the Honor Committee for review.
If you are copying and pasting text that someone else wrote, you might be plagiarizing. Pasted or manually retyped text is accurately cited (not plagiarized) only when all of the following three conditions are true: 1) the pasted text is surrounded by quotation marks or set off as a block quote, and 2) the pasted text is attributed in your text to its author and its source (e.g., “As Jane Smith writes on her blog . . . “), and 3) the pasted text is cited in a footnote, endnote, and/or a bibliography.
Any student who requires special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact me to make necessary accommodations (as soon as possible, please). The Office of Disability Services (SUB I, Room 2500; firstname.lastname@example.org; 703-993-2474) is available to help you. All academic accommodations should be arranged through that office, but please see me as I will accept accommodation requests at any point in the semester.
Trigger warning: In this class, we will be covering various types of violent crime, including homicide, assault, domestic violence, hate crimes, and capital punishment. As such, some of the assigned sources can be upsetting or disturbing. If you have specific triggers, please let me know and I will note the assignments accordingly. Please note that these warnings will not release you from the assignment. The trigger warnings are provided to give you the tools you require to complete the assigned work.
This is a late class, and sometimes it’s the only time you have to eat. Please be mindful of disruptions – including noisy wrappers and spills. Messy food, liquids, and computers don’t mix, so please be careful. No tobacco products of any kind.
Your enrollment status is your responsibility.
I care about you. Come talk to me. I am here to help you be successful in this class. My door is always open.
Last updated: January 18, 2018 at 22:46 pm