History 50: Assignment Sheet.
Put your name and course number on all submissions. Clearly identify which assignment you are submitting. Keep a copy for yourself! All assignments should be type-written.
I. Text glosses- (5%) Each student must submit brief glosses of required source readings four times during the semester. These glosses will be the basis for class discussions of the texts.
For the text glosses you are asked to analyze primary sources. Text glosses should be roughly a page in length. A gloss should especially emphasize how a text deepens our understanding of a given society, or should raise questions about the meaning of the text (or both). Does the primary source reinforce the picture of the society given in the textbook? Does it complicate our understanding? What questions does the text leave us with?
Please submit glosses via email
prior to class on the day the text is scheduled to be discussed. Exceptions
will be made only for those texts already discussed to this date (
II. Internet/website sources and commentaries. (15% = 3 x 5%): 1) Art or music sample. Each student must submit at least one example of art from one of the cultures under study in this class in the time periods covered by this class. You must also provide a brief commentary on the example, and identify the website (URL) from which it comes; 2) Brief web-based research on “kinship societies” or “people without a history.” Comment on how your research affects your understanding of Stavrianos’s first part. Documentation (URL) and commentary required; and 3) description of and commentary on website dealing with some aspect of history prior to 1600 C.E. The website must be fully identified. This website must not be used for either the Art/Music or “kinship societies” assignments.
1) Art or music sample. Due no later than December 4. To complete this requirement submit at least one image and a brief commentary (from one paragraph to one page) on that image. Submit this work via email or via floppy disk.
2) The research on “kinship societies” should be 1-2 pages in length. This item is due October 9.
3) The final website commentary should be 1-2 pages in length. It will be due no later than December 4. You may submit this assignment via email or as a hard copy (paper).
III. Responses to prompts (5%): Writing prompts will be posted for each week’s readings. You must respond in writing to a prompt from five weeks throughout the semester.
Writing prompts will be found on the class web log. Each response should be about one page in length. Responses are due by Tuesday of the week following the week the prompt was given. Exceptions will be made for prompts for the first two weeks of the semester. Please submit 2-3 responses before the mid-term exam. The remaining responses should come after the mid-term.
IV. Extended analyses of writers and documents (20%- 2 x 10%). You are allowed to use one the writers and documents assigned for our readings. You may use other writers or documents, but these choices must be approved by the instructor in advance.
These analyses should be 2-3 pages in length. The analyses should focus on a single text or a single writer. Your analyses should go into some depth on the value of the text (or writer) as a window into the society under study. Consider the perspective, the audience and the concerns of the subject. Does the writer or text, seem to represent the norm, or a challenge to the norm?
The first analysis should have as its subject a text or writer covered in class prior to the mid-term exam. This analysis is due 10/21. The second analysis must deal with a subject from the second half of the class. It is due on December 11 (the last day of class). These assignments should be submitted as hard copies.
V. Exams (55%) There will be two exams- a midterm (20%) and a final exam (35%). Please note: You must average a passing grade on the exams to pass the course!!! There are no make-up exams without an acceptable, verifiable, written excuse, or unless arranged in advance.
At this time, the midterm exam is scheduled to be taken in-class on October 16.