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REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING

(1) First assignment – 20% Consists of a 5-7 page paper. Topic question(s) will be distributed. (2) Second assignment – 25% Consists of a 5-7 page paper. Topic question(s) will be distributed. (3) Final assignment – 40% Consists of a 10-15 page paper. Topic will be either research/term paper style or distributed question(s). (4)Attendance/participation – 15% There is no substitute for attending class. If you need to miss class, inform me in advance or shortly thereafter. Attending class, taking copious notes, and keeping up with the reading and assignments is imperative. There are no short cuts, so do the work. Class discussions will be the cornerstone of this course. If you are not prepared to speak, get prepared. If you are shy, this will be the time to become more vocal. If you are talkative, this may be the time to listen and learn from others as well. NOTE: If it appears that the class is not keeping up with the assigned reading, pop-quizzes will be administered and factored into the participation grade.

READING REQUIREMENTS

Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word by Randall Kennedy, 2002. Available at Food for Thought Books, 106 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst.

Readings available through the library using E-Reserve

Online readings available at www.umass.edu/legal/Lorenz

ACADEMIC HONESTY

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. This means that plagiarism of any kind will be met with a swift and decisive punishment. If you are unaware of the University policy on plagiarism, you should review it. If you are unaware what entails plagiarism, you should speak with me immediately. Do not devalue your education or the reputation of the University by caving to the pressure of stress, time, family, or other issues that may arise. It should be made clear to you that anyone caught plagiarizing in this course will have their materials forwarded to the Ombuds Office and I will vigorously push for expulsion from the University.

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