FROM PREVIOUS ITERATION -- subject to moderate changes!
The requirements work together to support the course's learning
goals and objectives. The critical readings and
periodic lectures will a. o. provide you with background information.
In discussion and writing assignments you will develop your critical thinking
skills. During your work on your team project as well as in discussion
you will learn about each others' perspective and examine your own. Finally
the Learning Portfolio gives you a chance to integrate what you have learned.
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Attendance and Participation
Attendance at all classes and at one Monday evening meeting is mandatory.
The success of this seminar depends largely on the degree to which you
take responsibility for your own learning and that of your peers. Since
our meetings consist primarily of discussion your regular attendance and
active participation are crucial. Because of this format, the attendance
policy for this class is very important. You are allowed one unexcused
absence. Your second unexcused absence lowers your participation grade
by one third of a grade. For each unexcused absence after your second,
your final grade will be lowered by one third of a grade (e.g., from a
B+ to a B).
Discussions are most lively when everyone shares their thoughts and ideas,
and listens carefully to other students' comments, in class and at group
meetings. You are expected to have finished the assigned reading before
every meeting. In addition to the required readings, you may explore supplementary
readings such as the ones listed under "Optional" readings on
the syllabus. Overall, these readings are intended to fuel your interest
and as resources for your written work. Whatever you are reading: Take
notes in your Reading Journal and prepare questions
- the questions you have will be of help to everyone.
Team Project (full
Since this class by necessity only represents a limited selection of topics,
texts, and theories, it leaves a whole range of critical areas untouched.
This is your opportunity to explore the field of children's studies with
thee of your peers working on a subject of your choice.
Final Essay - Learning Portfolio (full
At the end of the course you are asked to create a learning portfolio
to reflect on the changes in your thinking about the subject of the course.
Everything you will write in this course is eligible for inclusion in
your portfolio. Your success with this final assignment will depend in
large measure on your continuous effort. This is not a course in which
you can put off work, or think about it later, or cram and do well. Look
for topics that really engage you early on and pursue them in regular
Response Papers (full
You will be asked to e-mail or post weekly Response Papers during the
course of the semester. Use them as an opportunity to express your thoughts
more formally than in your reading journal and open them up for discussion
with your class mates.
You will have a chance to develop an idea or question you raised in a
journal entry or response paper in greater depth when you write a formal
5-7 page paper. Giving yourself enough time will help you compose a clear
argument in support of strong thesis. It also allows for constructive
early feedback from your peers. Papers are due in class. All papers are
to be submitted in the form of a hard copy; no e-mail or other electronic
submission will be accepted. If you hand in your paper late your grade
will be lowered by one-third of a grade (e.g., from a B+ to a B) for each
day the paper is late (including Saturdays and Sundays.)
20% Class participation (discussion, mini presentations,
peer feedback, course feedback)
20% Response papers, including reading reactions, afterthoughts
and debates, book review
20% Team project
20% Learning portfolio