You will be required to submit three 6-page papers + one revision. The revision can be either of the first or second paper. Late paper policy is as follows: An extension on a paper will require prior approval and will be granted at my discretion, and only in extraordinary circumstances. Late papers without approved extensions will be given no credit.
Grading will be based on the following weighting: 3 papers + 1 revision = approximately 40% of final grade; discussion directing + agendas = approximately 30% of final grade; participation in class discussion overall (including attendance, of course, and possible in-class writing assignments, and reading quizzes as necessary) = approximately 30% of final grade.
The first paper (6 pp.) is due session 9; the second paper (6 pp.) is due session 17; the revision of either the first or second paper is due session 23; and the third paper (6 pp.) is due session 25.
Plagiarism—use of another's intellectual work without acknowledgement—is a serious offense. It is the policy of the CMS Faculty that students who plagiarize will receive an F in the subject, and that the instructor will forward the case to the Committee on Discipline. Full acknowledgement for all information obtained from sources outside the classroom must be clearly stated in all written work submitted. All ideas, arguments, and direct phrasings taken from someone else's work must be identified and properly footnoted. Quotations from other sources must be clearly marked as distinct from the student's own work. For further guidance on the proper forms of attribution, consult the style guides available in the Writing and Communication Center and the MIT Website on Plagiarism.
Reminders and advice:
Good luck, and have fun!
Selected titles of student papers, Fall 2012: