Course Requirements
class participation
weekly 1/2 – 1 page blog posts
4 – 6 page essay with 1 revision
7 – 10 page essay with 1 revision
10 – 12 page essay with 1 revision

Grading & Expectations
Attendance, Preparation, and Participation (20%)
Attendance in this class is mandatory. You should plan on attending every class. You are allowed three unexcused absences over the course of the semester. After that, your class participation will drop a letter grade for each additional unexcused absence. Upon the fifth unexcused absence, you will receive a failing grade for the course.

Every student will be expected to participate in every class. Class discussion is an essential part of this seminar. It is important that you come to class every day having read the required material and prepared to discuss it.

Blog Posts (20%)
Posting every week to the course WordPress blog is required.  Students are expected to post brief comments about the materials that will be covered in class. Posts must be approximately 500 words (1 page). Please come prepared to respond to your peers’ posts.  All posts are due by 11:00pm on the Tuesday before the material is covered in class.

Essays and Revisions (60%)
All essays must be written in 12 point font with 1 inch margins on all sides, stapled together. Students will have the option to revise all essays once they are graded. Essays that show significant improvement can earn up to full credit.

Essay 1 (20%) a close reading of a text
Essay 2 (20%) a close reading of a visual artwork
Essay 3 (20%) a critical, comparative analysis of writing, art, and political topic discussed in class

Students are also encouraged to make use of the Duke University Writing Studio. You can find details and schedule an appointment here.

Details on the requirements for each paper will be distributed in class.

I will schedule afternoon or evening screenings of the films and videos that are to be discussed in class. While attendance at these screenings is not mandatory, students who don’t attend the screenings will have to views these materials on their own time. Details on the screenings will be provided in class.

Students are strongly encouraged to set up an appointment to meet with me at any time in the term when course material seems unclear.  This is the best way to ensure that students have a solid grasp of the material before embarking on the final paper.

Students in this class are required to check their Duke email account at least once a day, in case there are any last-minute announcements or disruptions.

Laptop Policy
While students are permitted to use laptops for the purposes of note taking, computer note-taking should not detract from your active vocal and visual participation in this class. I ask that you respect this regulation.

Honor Code
Students are expected to abide by the terms of the student code of academic conduct, available in your undergraduate bulletin or online at I urge you all to examine this material and consult me with any questions you may have about plagiarism or academic integrity before it becomes an issue. Ignorance of what constitutes plagiarism is not an acceptable excuse for plagiarism. Academic dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated and will result in a failing grade for the course.

Respect and Tolerance
This classroom is a community. It is crucial that we treat each other with the appropriate level of courtesy and respect. No one should be made to feel unwelcome here. Failure to treat other students with the respect they deserve will severely negatively impact your class participation grade.


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