Participation (20% of grade)

You are all responsible for contributing to class discussions each week, and you should be prepared to join the conversation with energy, enthusiasm, and, especially, knowledge of the topic gleaned from your readings. As such, you should complete all the assigned readings and engage regularly with your classmates and instructors. Moreover, throughout the semester there will be opportunities during lecture for “show and tell.” This is a chance for you to come to the front of the classroom to introduce your classmates a news article, a video, or another resource that you have come across in your work or leisure that relates to the themes of DMD 2010.

It should go without saying that you must be present in class (both in-person at lecture and online for discussion section) to contribute to class discussions and therefore to get full credit for this portion of your grade.

Midterm Essay (20% of grade)

A review essay of at least 1000 words and no more than 1250 words, is due in Week 6 (the prompt for the essay will be delivered to you at the end of Week 4). If, for any reason, you expect that you will miss the deadline, please contact Dr. Scheinfeldt or Emma in advance. Under certain circumstances, we may be able to provide an extension of up to three days. Otherwise, any late work will be graded according to the late work policy outlined on the policies page. Papers must be written in Microsoft Word in 12-point Times New Roman font with one-inch margins on all sides and submitted via email to Emma at before 11:59 pm on Friday, October 9th. Do not send your paper as a PDF, in Apple Pages, or as a Google Doc.

Please feel free to speak with us for help with your essay assignment. We will happily read outlines and drafts and provide feedback before the deadline. But give us some time before the deadline to thoroughly read and evaluate your work.  If you require additional assistance, the Writing Center ( is a great place to look.

Midterm Exam (20% of grade)

The midterm exam for this class is scheduled for Week 8 and will consist of two short (2-4 paragraph) answer questions. It will be administered during your online section on Friday, October 23rd.

Final Exam (40% of course grade)

The take-home final exam for this class will consist of two short (2-4 paragraph) answer questions and one long (5-10 paragraph) essay question. It will be distributed to all students on Friday, December 4th at 2:15 pm. It will be due on the last day of class, Monday, December 7th at 11:59 pm. Between the time it is distributed and the time you hand it in, you must not discuss the final exam or the course content with anyone, especially your classmates.