Text readings should be completed prior to submitting assignments or weekly discussion postings. All graded assignments will rely on information derived from the text. All other sources must be identified
Discussion postings should be completed and turned in by Wednesday and Friday of each assigned week. Document Analysis Postings are due each week on Wednesday and Roundtable Postings and any Online Investigation Postings are due each week on Friday. Discussion postings should represent a thoughtful analysis of the weekly readings. There will be two discussion postings per week, plus four biweekly online investigation postings. This adds up to a total of 20 postings for the course. Each posting is worth 5 points. Discussion postings are informal and are an opportunity for you express your thoughts and opinions, to engage in respectful debate, and to solicit feedback from the instructor and other students in the class. I will not take off points for misspelling or grammatical errors. However, your responses should be readable and utilize appropriate punctuation. i insist that u do not rite like this!
Response Paper Assignments
Paper assignments should be completed and posted to the dropbox in D2L by Sunday of each assigned week. There will be four response papers over the course of the class. Response papers will be graded according to the point system presented in the assignment table below. Each response paper will be worth 10 points, assigned on the basis of percent of completeness, thoughtfulness, and readability. Papers should have headings, and title, double-spaced, 12 point font, 1 inch margins.
There will be two quizzes throughout the course. The first quiz will take place during week 3 and the second quiz will take place during week seven. These quizzes will be used to check your comprehension over the material up to that point. The quizzes will consist of several short essay questions and will be worth 10 points each. The quizzes will be due no later than Sunday of the week in which they are assigned.
The final paper will be an eight to ten page research paper on a topic of the student’s choosing. Paper topics should be submitted to me no later than week three and paper outlines are due on week four. The final paper will be worth 100 points, 1/3 of your final grade. The final paper will be graded according to the point system presented in the assignment table below. The paper should be a scholarly investigation of a topic in the area of South Asian culture/society. Students should utilize and cite at least six sources, three of which must be outside of assigned course readings. I will post a list of suggested topics and texts in the content area. The assignment is meant to be an enjoyable opportunity to be creative and explore a topic that interests you. Papers should have headings, and title, double-spaced, 12 point font, 1 inch margins, citations, and bibliography.
Forty points can be gained by active and frequent online class participation in excess of posting discussions. Each week you will have the opportunity to earn five participation points. Points are earned by meaningful responses to other student’s postings, clarifying their question or posting a meaningful question of point in need of clarification.