To increase one's skills in writing research papers. Although the disciplinary emphasis and methods in Winter 2003 will be History, most of the research and writing skills learned will be readily transferred to other humanities as well as social and natural science research. Course assumes students have knowledge of basics but wish to extend and expand their skills, especially in dealing analytically with primary sources, use of archives, and intelligent approaches to electronic databases and the web. Objectives also include the improvement of study skills, especially writing on deadline.
Class Preparation and Participation This is not a lecture course. The success of the class for each student will depend on how well he or she is prepared and to what extent each student contributes to furthering the class discussion. The quality of preparation and participation will be as important as the quantity. Coming to class unprepared will count as a zero for the day. If I notice a lot of students are unprepared any week I may offer a pop quiz on the material covered to date. The grade for the pop quiz will be incorporated into the final grade.
The main task of this course will be threefold: Choosing and formally proposing a topic; reviewing the literature in an essay; and writing a research paper incorporating primary and secondary sources. Each assignment will be discussed in greater detail in class meetings as well as in the assigned readings.
|Class Participation, Preparation,
& Shorter Presentations
|Project Proposal (1 p. and 15 item bibliography)||20%|
|Literature Review 5 pp.||20%|
|Final Paper and Presentation (15 pp.)||30%|
All assignments will be graded for clarity of composition and grammar as well as content. All assignments must be typed, double-spaced, with at least one-inch margins, in a 12-point Roman typeface (i.e. with serifs). Sources will be cited in footnotes or endnotes using Arabic numerals according to the guidelines in The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th ed. (available in the UWT Library on the Writing Resources Shelf or contact the UWT Writing Center at uwtwrite@u) Finally, all assignments must be delivered as hard copy. PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH DOCUMENTS TO YOUR E-MAIL because our experience has been that this often doesn't work just when you need it the most. Finally, there is no need for cover sheets (except on your final draft of your research paper) or binders (ever). A staple in the upper left hand corner will suffice.
General Evaluation of Written Work Writing effectively means more than writing clearly and concisely and using correct grammar. Excellent papers will meet all of the following criteria:
The official course dictionary is the OED, the Oxford English Dictionary. Available online free via the UW library web pages.
If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a permanent or temporary physical, sensory, psychological/emotional or learning disability, please contact Lisa Tice, counselor for Disability Support Services (DSS). An appointment can be made through the front desk of Student Affairs (692-4400), by phoning Lisa directly at 692-4493 (voice), 692-4413 (TDD), or by e-mail (email@example.com). Appropriate accommodations are arranged after you've presented the required documentation of your disability to DSS, and you have conferred with the DSS counselor.
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