In addition to further analyzing the topic, the discussion assignment is an opportunity for you to practice effective written communication and academic debate. Each week you are required to actively participate in two discussion topics. The minimum requirement is one original, substantive post for each question and two responses to classmates’ posts each week. Participation in all discussion topics will improve performance on exams, and I will consider both topics as one when grading.
Active participate in discussions means that you answer all questions asked, read your classmates’ and my postings, and further the conversation in your response posts. Basically, your interaction in the weekly discussions needs to be more than simply posting your own answer. I encourage you to post early during the week as this allows time for real dialogue among you and your classmates.
Response Postings: Your responses to your classmates’ postings must be substantive and not a simple re-statement of their post. A remark, such as “good job on your post,” is not acceptable. You can and sometime should disagree with your classmates’ postings—but be certain to follow the code of conduct and do not level any personal attacks. I reserve the right to delete posts that I find inappropriate or combative.
Throughout this course you will complete multiple written assignments of varying length. You will have six Web Assignments, one Book Review and one Research Paper, which will also consist of an Abstract and Bibliography submitted before the final paper. All written assignments should be submitted to the appropriate Dropbox folder.
Web Assignments: This assignment requires you to visit an assigned website, complete a reading or activity found on that website, and answer the assigned questions about your findings in short essay format. The length requirement is 1-2 pages, double-spaced, and 12-point, Times New Roman (or similar) font. Each assignment is worth 10 points for a total of 60 points. Please refer to the grading rubric for more details.
Book Review: The required book for the Book Review is Burmese Days by George Orwell. This is not a summary of the book, but rather a critical analysis of ways in which British Imperialism emerged in this work of fiction. To complete this review, select one component of British Imperialism, such as economics, society, race, gender, politics, cultural contact, etc., and assert how this fundamental factor permeated the book. The length requirement is a minimum of 4 pages, double-spaced, and 12-point, Times New Roman (or similar) font. Please number your pages and avoid the use of 1st person writing (I, me, my, etc.). Cite the page numbers from the text in parentheses when you extract information directly from the text. For example, Orwell writes “…” (11). Please refer to the grading rubric for more details.
Research Paper: You will complete a 10-page research paper on an approved topic. This assignment provides you with an opportunity to critically analyze a number of primary and secondary sources and support your position through your findings. In addition to research skills, this assignment can improve your written communication skills, an important skill for historians who not only relay historical facts, but tell stories with skill.
This assignment is broken into two parts: 1) Abstract/Bibliography and 2) the final paper. Each part will be graded independently and is due on different days.
Abstract/Bibliography: Your abstract will include a well-written, concise, and convincing statement of your argument for the research paper. Additionally, the abstract will set the parameters (time frame, themes, perspective) for your research paper. The bibliography will include a listing of primary and secondary sources critical to the development of your argument. You must resubmit your bibliography with your the final paper, but it is not necessary to submit your abstract with your final paper.
Final Paper: The body of the paper must be a minimum of ten pages, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins all around and 12-point, Times New Roman (or similar) font. Your paper should be no longer than twelve pages. This part is the bulk of the assignment. You must clarify your thesis and then strongly and succinctly support your position using your research findings. The body of your paper must consist of an introduction with your statement of argument, body paragraphs that develop and “prove” your argument, and a conclusion. To build your argument, you must review a minimum of six primary sources (letters, diaries, publications, etc.) and four secondary sources. Your must reference your sources throughout the text and the bibliography page using the Chicago Manual of Style or Turabian citation style. Please refer to the grading rubric for more details.
You will complete two computerized exams, a Midterm and a Final. Both are available in the Quizzes area. The Midterm is comprised of seven multiple-choice, four short answer, and two essay questions. The Midterm will open on Monday at 6:00 a.m. and will close on Sunday at midnight. You will have 90 minutes to complete this exam, which is open-note/open-book. The Final is a proctored exam and must be completed by midnight Saturday. It will open on Monday morning at 6:00 a.m. and will close Saturday night at midnight. You will have 2 hours to complete this exam, which consists of 10 multiple-choice, 4 short answer, and 2 essay questions.