English 233:  Introduction to Western Humanities - "Baroque and Enlightenment"

Extra-credit Options:
purposes & procedures

Purpose.  This is an opportunity consolidate your grasp of various important themes with which we are concerned in this course and at the same time to see how appreciation of them helps make sense of certain features of our contemporary cultural landscape.  Keep this purpose in mind as you explore the options described below.

Grades.  In the course of the semester each student will have the option to do 1 extra-credit paper worth up to 10 points.  

In addition, students who score less than 75 on either of the first two exams will be permitted to do additional extra-credit papers sufficient to bring the score on that exam up to 75.  This will put them within striking distance of a "B" going into the final exam.

These papers earn "extra-credit" in the sense that the score you achieve on them will be added to your total, but the points possible on them will not be added to the total of the divisor used to calculate your final course percentage.  

Scope and format.  In general you will be asked to construct a brief essay on a specific topic concerning the work on which you focus.  I will designate the topics from among which you may choose.  If another occurs to you that you might wish to pursue, be sure to check it out with me before proceeding further.  I need to make sure that it is well-formulated enough to be likely to be workable in practice and that it suits the purposes of the assignment.

Some basic ground rules.

Students are encouraged to discuss course materials with each other.  This includes prep sheets for in-class examinations, topics for out-of-class essays, and extra-credit assignments.  In addition to arranging study sessions among classmates, students may also want to exploit the course listserv to communicate with the rest of the class via e-mail.  Especially useful will be the course message board, where students can initiate discussion on particular topics and contribute to those already under way.

However, all written work submitted for grade -- whether out-of-class or in-class -- must be composed entirely by the individual student.  Faculty Senate regulations require me to bring your attention the following statement:  "Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses and may be punished by failure on the exam, paper or project; failure in the course; and/or expulsion from the university."  For more information, consult Appendix F of the Faculty Handbook, University Policy Regarding Academic Honesty and Plagiarism. and the Undergraduate Honor System Policy passed by the Faculty Senate on April 14, 1998.

The options.  Here is a brief glance at the subjects addressed under the options available so far.  To learn more about a given option, click on the highlighted phrase  (Additional options may be added in the course of the semester.   Suggestions are welcome.)


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