History 335/W Fall 2010
Tues. and Thurs. 12-1:15 Holmes 248
Final grades are calculated on a 100 point scale, as follows:
Virtual Reality: Students will need to use the Internet on a regular basis to access the syllabus and course readings as well as to submit papers and communicate with the instructor. The syllabus is online at Laulima and at the instructor’s website with hotlinks to the IMS readings. Papers can be submitted through Laulima or directly to the instructor’s email. Students are responsible for checking their UH email account regularly for messages from the instructor and to notify the instructor of any absences or problems.
Disability Access and Support Services: If you feel you need reasonable accommodations because of the impact of a disability, please 1) contact the KOKUA Program (V/T) at 956-7511 or 956-7612, QLCSS 013; 2) speak with me privately to discuss your specific needs. I will be happy to work with you and the KOKUA Program to meet you access needs related to your documented disability.
Go Here Student Success Center at Sinclair Library offers a full range of academic help 24/7. Student Services also provides counseling and support services to meet your needs. For assistance with writing, see links on my main webpage or go to the Manoa Writing Program help for writers, including the Writing Workshop.
Student Conduct: Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to university norms and expectations stated in the Catalog and the Student Conduct Code. Common courtesy is expected in the classroom, including but not limited to: arriving and departing on time or notifying the instructor of a need to be excused, cell phones off, laptops in use only for course work, listening respectfully to other students, and timely submission of work. The instructor assumes students will behave honorably in submitting their own work and has no tolerance for cheating, particularly plagiarism.
Plagiarism, a form of cheating punishable under the UHM Student Conduct Code, is the use of someone else's words or ideas without citation or acknowledgement. This includes exact/unique phrases without quote marks; interpretive arguments (as opposed to general knowledge information) made to sound as your own when they are not; and sentences, paragraphs, or whole papers copied or downloaded into your paper. Any paper submitted to me that violates this standard will receive an automatic F (0 points) with no resubmission. We can discuss the case, but if we fail to agree on whether plagiarism occurred, the case will have to go to the Dean of Students, where the penalty if guilt is found is worse than an F on a paper.
Drafts are accepted for comment if received at least 72 hours before the due date.
Late papers without a documented excuse lose 3/100 for every day late.
If a submitted paper contains in the first page more than 3 errors of grammar, syntax, or vocabulary making it difficult to read, the instructor will hand it back ungraded.
Rewrites are allowed only for papers originally submitted on time. If you choose to rewrite a paper, you must do a complete redraft modifying the content and organization, not just “fixing” sentences. Rewrites are due one week after the paper was returned by the instructor. The two grades will be averaged.
The purpose of these less formal writing assignments is to help students engage with the material and to learn through writing and discussion. Before coming to class, students are expected to have completed the reading. They should bring to class a brief paragraph, identifying key issues, thoughts, and questions regarding what the reading reveals about early medieval European history. We will use these paragraphs as a springboard to discussion in class.
Each section of the course lists reading and writing objectives. For Part I, students should identify points of interest in the reading and questions for further research. In Part II, students should evaluate the evidence in light of the broader view provided in Part I and endeavor to understand the points of view expressed. In Part III, students should bring to class IMS readings they think are relevant to the topic.
During class, we will do informal writing based on what students bring in, as a means of fostering discussion and to advance their analysis of the evidence. These in-class exercises are designed to improve performance on the formal written work. For each of the three formal assignments, a class day is devoted to a writing workshop. Students are expected to bring a full draft of their paper to the paper workshop, where we will work in groups critiquing one another’s work.
All of the assignments in this category will be given “plus, check, or minus” grades: minus for incomplete, check for minimum performance, plus for active engagement. Needless to say, attendance and participation is an integral part of success in this course. The instructor will respond to in-class writing exercises and examine drafts brought to paper workshops. If you are unable to attend class, you must notify the instructor in advance, by email or phone. In the event of a documented problem or emergency, the instructor will work with the student to develop an alternate assignment.
The idea of a book review is not to repeat what the book says or describe it—that is a "book report." Rather, a review analyzes the book and engages with its ideas. Examine the thesis and arguments, use of evidence, contribution to the field, and meaningfulness for our understanding of the medieval past and the present.
Reading suggestions: Preview the book by skimming the introductions and conclusions. Read a chapter at a time, focusing on arguments, not data. Do not take copious notes or highlight as you read. Rather, read to the end of the chapter, keeping your main questions in mind, and then write a brief summary or set of notes after you have finished a chapter. Bring these notes to the class discussions on 9/14 and 9/16. Bring a full draft to the paper workshop on 9/21.These are the questions you should ask as you read and address in your review:
Research guidelines: Pick an area that interests you and try tracking down several primary sources to see which one is doable: is there a full text source in translation in our library or online? Are there secondary sources and background on the author or text? Is it a text that illustrates an issue or provides some basis for argument? Submit your chosen text by 10/21.
Analysis guidelines: Relate the specific text as a piece of evidence to the general context found in the textbook and in comparison with other types of evidence. Keep in mind that any source is merely a fragment and cannot be used to generalize about early medieval society as a whole. Aim for a qualified thesis that makes an argument about what the evidence can tell us and what its limits are, but also try to engage it with some historical empathy. Submit thesis and outline on 10/28.
Writing guidelines: The paper should have a thesis (main argument) clearly articulated in the first paragraph. This argument should NOT be a description of the text and what it says, but your analysis of what it means as a piece of evidence. Sub-arguments spinning off from that main thesis should form the basis of the paper’s organization. Bring a full draft to the paper workshop on 11/4.
Final paper (reorganized and cleaned up) is due 11/9.
Research guidelines: Locate relevant primary sources (1-3) and secondary sources (3-5), including scholarly books and journal articles, but excluding textbooks, general audience books, and encyclopedias. Hint: Check the bibliographies in the textbooks. Submit an annotated bibliography by 11/23.
Analysis guidelines: Find an issue or controversy that arises from the evidence and explore different sides or different ways of interpreting the evidence. Your views may change as you explore, but make sure that your arguments are balanced and take into account all of the evidence, not just what supports your views. Preliminary thesis and outline due by 11/30.
Writing guidelines: Initial drafts may be more exploratory as you write to find your ideas. Subsequent drafts should develop a clear thesis up front and a strong organization built around arguments, not descriptions (check the first sentence of every paragraph for flow). Full draft due at the paper workshop on 12/09.
Rewriting: The key to success is to thoroughly revamp your paper. You may need to turn the whole paper upside down by getting the strong arguments that come through at the end and putting them up front in the introduction, then reorganizing around these key arguments. Final draft is due 12/16 by noon.