In Week 1 you will provide an introduction to the class. The introductory discussion post is worth 4 points.
Each week you will participate in 2 discussions. Each discussion is worth 6 points. The initial post, which answers the discussion question, is worth 5 points. Each response to other student’s posts is worth .5 each, or 1 point in total. Initial posts should be completed by the respective deadlines of each discussion for that week: 11:59 p.m. CT Wednesday and 11:59 p.m. CT Friday. All initial posts should be 2-3 paragraphs in length or approximately 500 words.
You must respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts per discussion. All response postings are due by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday during Weeks 1 – 7, and 11:59 p.m. CT Saturday during Week 8. Responses to classmate’s postings should be approximately 1 paragraph in length for each discussion. Responses should be engaging and further the discussion. Please go beyond “good job” or “I agree with you.”
Papers 1 and 2
You will write two shorter papers in this course, each are worth 50 points each. Each paper will be graded on the basis of analytical and critical thinking skills, completeness, correct spelling, correct formatting and citations, and neatness. The same formatting guidelines apply to both papers. Papers must be four pages, double-spaced, in 12 pt. font, and with normal margins. All research should be cited, including articles and the textbook that are required in class. All citations should be in ASA format. In other words, when you cite authors, include their last name and year of publication. At the end of the paper, you will have full references. You don’t need to include a title page or abstract.
These papers are due Sunday 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 2 (Paper 1) and 5 (Paper 2).
The third paper in this class is a research paper. The paper must be eight pages, double-spaced, written in 12 pt. font and with normal margins. The title, abstract and reference pages are not included in the eight page count. Use ASA formatting, which includes a title, abstract, and reference page. Write a well-developed thesis statement that summarizes your entire paper in one clear and concise sentence. Your thesis should come at the end of the introductory paragraph and it needs to be in BOLD.
Because this is a research paper, you must do library research, which can include but must go beyond the class textbooks. You must use at least six academic sources - books or journal articles. Popular press articles (such as Time magazine) or online sources other than academic journals, are not included as part of your six academic sources. You may use them as supplements, but you must have at least six academic sources in addition to such supplemental sources. You must also incorporate and cite at least two required course readings as part of the six required sources.
The topic of your research paper must fall within one of three primary areas: Class, Race and Segregation, Class, Race and Education, or Class, Race and Food.
Once you choose a primary area then you will need to narrow down your topic. In other words, if “Class, Race and Segregation” is the primary area you are researching, your topic must be more specific. Is your focus on urban segregation or housing segregation? Which specific racial grouping and class grouping are you researching? Once you narrow down, narrow down again. Do you want to look at home ownership in urban areas? Or public housing in urban areas? What city or region are you researching? My point is: do not make your paper broad, make it specific. It is important that you go in-depth in your research. Papers that are too broad and do not get specific enough will lose points.
Paper 3 is due Friday 11:59 p.m. of Week 8.
You will take a proctored midterm exam in week 4 that is worth 100 points. The midterm comprises 75% multiple choice and 25% short essay questions over topics covered in Weeks 1-4. The midterm is to be taken online in the D2L course environment. Two hours are allowed to complete the exam. The exam opens on Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. CT, and closes on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT.
You must submit the “Student Proctor Information Submission Form” to the Proctor Information Dropbox by the end of Week 2. This form and additional information about Proctoring is located in the Content area of the course.
You will take a final exam in week 8 that is worth 100 points. The final exam comprises 75% multiple-choice and 25% short essay questions over topics covered in Weeks 5-8. The final is to be taken online in the D2L course environment. Two hours are allowed to complete the exam. The final exam is not proctored.
The exam opens on Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. CT, and closes on Saturday at 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 8.