Literary & Historical Utopias: syllabus details
Note on grading
Percentages associated with assignments are not
construed mathematically but only as approximate relative weight. Only letter
grades are given (also pluses and minuses).
Grades are based primarily on quality of writing (or,
for presentations, thematic cogency), judged in comparison with other students’
work. Your writing will be criticized in the interest of helping you improve.
Criticism does not distinguish organization and style from content and
Review of your submissions takes the time-limits of
the summer schedule and exam writing into account, especially lack of
opportunities for revision. As indicators of talent, thought, and preparation, however, people’s
writing under time-pressure is usually not radically different from their revised
writing . Perfect fairness and
optimal individual opportunity are rare in this non-utopian world, but the
course strives for all students to perform and be judged under similar
conditions and standards.