You are expected to attend all classes, lectures, and film screenings, to be punctual and attentive, and to be prepared to participate in daily class discussion of our assignments. Note that your presence or absence in the classroom determines only your attendance grade; your participation grade depends upon your demonstrated involvement with our assigned material during class discussions & our online conversation. To do so, you should:
Complete assignments before
the class meeting for which they are assigned
Bring the assigned readings and your notes about them to class
Demonstrate evidence of your having read the texts and films with care
Raise interesting questions and comments in discussion
Offer informed, interesting answers to others’ questions and comments
everyone will contribute to the teaching/learning experience this semester, this
means that you must contribute to the class discussion daily, and occasionally
by leading class discussion of our selected topics in a group. For all class
meetings, you should prepare yourself for discussion by engaging actively with
the readings and screenings, taking copious notes on all texts, and formulating
your questions on each.
Many of our texts will be quite challenging in their format and ideas. To help you most productively interpret and respond to these texts, always practice the following habits during and after each of your readings and screenings:
Write down a brief summary the
author's(s')/directors' ('s) main points
Praise at least two points AND critique at least two points from the
Compare this text to previously assigned readings, films, or class
Pose provocative questions for discussion based on the reading/film
If you find something in your readings about which you are
confused or curious, don’t just wait until class to ask questions about it.
Look up the topic on your own first; often you can find direct references to the
subject in the article’s own endnotes or bibliography. And by all means, share
your findings with the class so we can all learn more thoroughly about the
topic. Also, if you see or hear something outside of class that you think is
relevant to Women & the Arts, please bring it to class to share with us.
If you attend all
classes, you will earn *extra credit* on your attendance grade. If necessary,
two absences (or one day if a 3-hour block once-a-week) will not adversely affect your grade (an A), but each absence
thereafter will lower your attendance grade by a full letter grade (an A to a B,
etc.). Thus, you should use these two absences well: save them for illness,
religious worship, travel, etc. If you arrive at class after I have taken roll,
you will be marked “late”; two “late” marks equal one absence. Absence
from more than 20% of class meetings is grounds for course failure (an F) and/or
Excuses for absences are irrelevant. If you find
that you must miss a class or a screening, you are still responsible for the
material covered and films screened during your absence. Be advised that some of
our in-class films may be difficult to obtain outside of class.
See the Assignments page for a breakdown of the remaining 85% of your overall course grade.