Course Requirements and Grade Distribution
Total: 100 Points
Class Participation: 10 points
Participating in class is a must. This is a significant portion of your grade (basically one-and-a-half letter grades!) so it's imperative that you contribute to class discussion. This doesn't simply mean that you randomly raise your hand and say whatever that comes into your head; this requires you to READ the assigned readings and attentively listen to discussions. Because this is a SEMINAR class, the focus will be on discussion rather than lecture. As such, you will be completely unable to participate unless you read beforehand.
Leading Class Discussion: 5 points
At least once during the semester, each student will have the responsibility of "leading" class discussion. This means that you will be responsible for summarizing the readings for that day (in about 10-15 minutes), raising important questions, and then leading the subsequent discussion on the topic among your classmates. If you wish, you may use a PowerPoint presentation.
Reading Responses: 4 Responses X 5 points each = 20 points
These will be detailed responses you have to write in response to a specific set of questions based on the assigned readings or a movie. I will post the questions to each Response a week ahead of the due date, and students will bring in their written responses to class to facilitate discussion. I will accept only typed responses, i.e., no handwritten responses.
Quizzes: 4 quizzes X 2.5 points each = 10 points
Five times a semester, I will have pop quizzes at the beginning of class on the assigned readings. I will drop the lowest grade. These quizzes will be unannounced and contain short factual questions (often in multiple choice format or map format).
Final Exam: 20 points
The final will be a cumulative final comprising short ID-type questions and longer essay questions. You will answer the questions in-class in a blue book.
Final Paper: 35 points
The goal here is to produce a substantive research paper on a specific aspect of South Asian history. In this paper, students will use primary and secondary sources to explore a particular theme addressed during the in-class discussion, or a specific topic raised in one of the class readings. Throughout the semester, students will work through a number of stages before writing the final paper.
1. I will hand out a list of acceptable topics or themes for the paper on in Week 5.
2. Students will submit a 2-paragraph abstract for the paper in Week 8 (2.5 points out of your total 35). The abstract should (a) state the theme of the paper; (b) articulate a preliminary thesis/argument of the paper; and (c) refer to primary sources that you intend to use and where they are located.
3. Students will submit an annotated bibliography of secondary sources in Week 11 (2.5 points out of your total 35).
4. Students will submit the final paper on May 4 (Friday).
The actual final paper will be worth 30 points and will be graded on the following criteria:
1. Depth of research
2. Strength and logic of argument
3. Use of evidence
4. Quality of writing
5. Correctness of citations.
I will not accept late papers! I will also not accepted e-mailed papers!
The structural requirements for the paper are the following:
1. Length: approximately 15 pages long (c. 4,000 words)
2. Font & spacing: 12-pt Times Roman font, double-spaced main text; all block quotes should be single-spaced
3. Citations: only use footnotes according to the Chicago Manual of Style; footnotes need to be 10-pt font and single-spaced
4. The paper needs a full bibliography at the end (also as per Chicago Manual of Style).