Participation (30%)

Participation, Workshopping, and Informal Presentation (30%): These sessions are the bulk of our class, especially in the second half of the term. You are expected to participate fully, both by reading the assigned materials thoroughly and critically, and coming into class ready to discuss and ask questions. Part of your job as a graduate student is beginning to develop your own sense of academic identity, and this is what participation is intended to help you do.

In workshop classes, you are expected to bring a complete draft of whatever you’re working on for full class discussion. Bring 1 copy for each member of the class, if the project is writing-based; if it is not writing-based, be able to share the project itself in an electronic format.

In some classes, I will ask you to give informal presentations. These are informal, conversational presentations meant to help you become confident in speaking publicly with little in the way of “requirements.” They are meant to be give-and-take discussions, led by your interests, with feedback and interaction from your peers. Ideally, these informal presentations are ways for you to develop ideas in concert with others, while in the early stages of thought. In each case, you will have 5 minutes to discuss your reading, project, or proposal, and then the class will have 5 minutes or so for feedback and constructive criticism. Your goal is to be organized, specific, and clear within that time limit. You do not need visuals, but you may decide to incorporate them.  

Grade is A/B/C at midterm and final (see the catalog for graduate grading criteria). Exceptional performance in class, with strong learning curve and eagerness to engage with your peers in a thoughtful, informed, conversational manner will earn an A; effective performance in class, with a generally well-informed and thoughtful engagement in the class dynamic and clear attempt to confront classroom obstacles, will earn a B; anything else, including missing several classes, will earn a C.