ATTENDANCE AND CLASS PARTICIPATION 10%
Class participation means that you come prepared to discuss the reading materials, that you speak up when you have something relevant to say and that you are respectful of all students’ desire to speak. If you are not in attendance you will not be participating (more than 4 absences will have a negative impact on this portion of your grade). Excessive talking and disrupting the course will result in a reduction of grade. If you do not attend regularly, or you do not bring the book, you should also expect a low participation grade.
TEXTUAL ANALYTICS/NETWORK ANALYSIS 20%
In this course, we will have five hands-on sessions in which you will be introduced to some technology for analyzing and visualizing texts. At three points of the term weeks 4, 10 and 14, you will have an short assignment due, a visual essay in which you make an argument about the authors supplemented by visualizations.
ONLINE READING QUIZZES 10%
There will be a regular weekly basic reading quiz administered on moodle. You must take the quiz on the assigned date. If you do not get the answers right, you can retake the quiz, but only your first grade will count. Each quiz is worth 10 points. Your grade will be based on the average of all your quizzes over the term. I will drop your two worst grades.
IN-CLASS TEXT ANALYSIS I AND II (CLOSED BOOK, IN CLASS) 30% (10% and 20%)
FINAL EXAM (CLOSED BOOK, 2 HOURS, OUT OF CLASS), Ibn Hazm to Dante 30%
The final will be in two formats and students should choose which they will do by Dec 1st. (1) in-class textual analysis and essay or 2) in-class textual analysis and comparative project (using the technologies and visualizations we practiced.