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Grading Breakdown

Class Participation
Book Reviews
First exam
Second exam
Term project
Final exam
10%
30%
15%
15%
15%
15%



Grading Guidelines

Unfortunately for all of us, grades are a necessary part of the educational process. Just so everything will be clear at the outset, it may help you to know that I will be using the following criteria for evaluating your exams and papers.
  • A = Truly excellent work. Essays are insightful, coherent, and original. Exam questions are answered thoroughly, with specific examples and sophisticated interpretation and analysis.

  • B = Very strong work. Essays are authoritative but conventional or not-quite-complete in their analysis or use of detail. Exam questions are answered cogently but with minor deficiencies in organization, coherence, or cogency.

  • C = Adequate work. Essays are competent but conventional and may lack specificity or cogency. Exam questions are answered ably but partially, lacking nuance or detail.

  • D = Barely passable work. Essays are incomplete or tangential to crucial issues. Exam questions are answered breezily, with overgeneralizations and/or inadequate reasoning.

  • F = Unacceptable work.