Each week you will participate in a discussion that contains 2 - 3 questions. Some questions may contain multiple parts, so be sure to read each question carefully. For each discussion topic, you are expected to post your initial post by Wednesday at 11:59 pm Central Time (CT). You must respond to at least two other classmates' posts no later than Sunday at 11:59 pm CT, except for Week 8, when the due date is Saturday at 11:59 pm CT. You must complete the initial post and responses for the discussion to be considered completed.
Each initial post should be at least 170 words (citations are not included) and your response must be a minimum of 70 words per post. You may select the citation method you wish to use, as long as you are consistent.
Discussion posts and responses will be graded based on two criteria:
- Level of Participation
- Number and Timeliness
Your level of participation will determine if your post is substantive. Substantive posts that help to advance the discussion clearly are of more value than comments just expressing agreement or disagreement. In addition, you should not simply quote from a book, website, or classmate's answer. You should look to provide a new perspective or vision to the issue, continue to develop an idea, or express support by providing additional resources. If you do cite or quote from another source, do not forget to properly cite your resource and properly cite the source using quotations and links. Wikipedia is not considered an acceptable source, but can be used as a starting off point for research.
During this course, you will write several responses referred to Homework Assignments. These Homework Assignments will be submitted to the appropriate Dropbox folder. Each Homework Assignment must be:
- a total length of 1 page minimum, double-spaced
- 12-point, Times New Roman
- 1-inch margin
- must be submitted as a MS Word Document (.doc/docx)
You submissions should showcase a good knowledge of the course material, historic backgrounds of the described event(s), and assigned readings. The submission should demonstrate a logical development of your arguments as well as clearly present your ideas. The main criteria of the assessment will be the degree to which you have answered the question. This means that your submission should be convincing and contain selected examples from the studied culture and their logical analysis. For example, if you suggest some changes in St. Petersburg’s coat of arms, you need to provide your suggestions and rationalize them. You can use additional materials (fiction, research articles, films, etc.) to support your ideas, as long as they are properly cited.
All Homework Assignments must be submitted to the appropriate Dropbox folder no later than Sunday at 11:59 pm CT the week they are due.
Final Research Paper
As part of this course, you will write and submit a research paper by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT of Week 7. You will select and submit a topic to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT of Week 3. You can select your topic from the list of offered topics in the Content area, use a variation of a topic included in the list, or create an original topic. No matter how you select the topic, you must submit it for approval.
Research Paper Schedule
- Week 3 - Research Paper Topic Selection
- Week 4 - Research Paper Bibliography Submission
- Week 7 - Research Paper Due
Your research paper must be a minimum of 750 words, excluding the title page and bibliography. In addition, your paper should be formatted with:
- 1-inch margins
- 12-point, Times New Roman or Arial font
- Page numbers on the top of the pages
Your title page must include your name, the course title, research topic, as well as the thesis statement. Your citation page can be based on the style you prefer (MLA, APA, or Chicago) as long as you are consistent with the style throughout the entire paper. You should use at least four specific sources and a minimum of two of those sources should be outside the assigned course readings. Your research paper should be well organized and supported with the sources you select. Originality check will be used in the Dropbox folder, so you should summarize other sources without plagiarizing their work. A plagiarism tutorial and quiz is available to help refresh your memory regarding plagiarism.
Your grade will depend on your ability to be convincing, which combines a solid knowledge of the analyzed material and your skills in applying a logical approach to that knowledge to prove your point of view and supporting your speculations with examples. You are encouraged to compare some aspects of Russian culture with your own country’s (or European) history. You should also use literature/music/visual art forms when appropriate.
The research paper should not be entirely based on history. Your work should include some material related to Russian cultural aspects (literature, visual and/or musical art, cinematography, etc.) showing cultural phenomena (reflections in contemporary culture) against a concrete historical period background. For example, if you are writing about the Stalingrad Battle, you will need to include the reflections of the event in Russian culture by analyzing a film, or a painting, or some monuments dedicated to this WWII battle.
The non-proctored Midterm Exam will consist of 10 short essays requiring detailed answers. Each essay will be worth 6 - 11 points, depending on the difficulty of the question. Make sure to ready each essay question carefully, as some may contain multiple questions to be answered. An excellent response will answer all the questions, as well as provide good examples from the studied history and culture studied during Weeks 1 - 4 of the course to support the response.
The Midterm Exam will open on Thursday at 12:01 am CT and closes on Sunday at 11:59 pm CT of Week 4. The exam is open book, so you may use your textbooks to formulate your answers. However, you will only have 2 hours to complete the exam, so keep track of your time while searching for answers, checking your spelling and punctuation, and citing resources as necessary. TurnItIn may be used to evaluate any essays that are believed to be plagiarized from the book or other resource.
The Final Exam is proctored and will consist of 10 short essays requiring detailed answers. Each essay will be worth 6 - 11 points, depending on the difficulty of the question. Make sure to ready each essay question carefully, as some may contain multiple questions to be answered. An excellent response will answer all the questions, as well as provide good examples from the studied history and culture studied during the entire course. Remember, this is closed book, so you will need to know the content.
Your Proctor Information should be submitted by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday of Week 2. More information regarding proctors can be found in Week 2 of the course.
The Final Exam will open on Tuesday at 12:01 am CT and closes on Saturday at 11:59 pm CT of Week 8. You will have one attempt and 2 hours to complete the exam.