Americans with Disabilities Act Students requesting accommodations based on disability are required to register with Disability Services and Programs each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP when adequate documentation is filed. Please be sure the letter is delivered to me as early in the semester as possible. DSP is open Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00. The office is in Student Union 301 and their phone number is 213-740-0776. Students must make their request in the stipulated period prior to an exam.
Policy on Academic Ethics and Honesty
Academic honesty is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person’s work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. The academic community regards academic dishonesty as an extremely serious matter, with serious consequences. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting or collaboration, consult your teaching assistant. For more information on USC policies regarding student integrity and plagiarism, see http://dornsife.usc.edu/usc-policies/#plagiarism.
Your grade in this course will be based on following breakdown of assignments (the details of which are found in the next section):
Midterm Exam 25%
Analytic Paper 20%
Final Exam 30%
In-Class Assessments: There will be three in-class assessments during the course—a quiz on 2/1, a midterm exam on 3/11, and a final to be administered during finals week (date and time TBA). The quiz will cover the first two weeks of class and assess students’ understanding of the principles of qualitative historical research. The midterm and final exams will test students’ knowledge of the historical time periods covered, as well as their ability to apply the analytic concepts introduced in the course. All exams are cumulative, as the course is designed to build your base of knowledge over 15 weeks.
Analytic Paper: Each student will produce a ten page analytic paper considering one of the following texts on the origins on World War One: Tuchman’s Guns of August or Clark’s The Sleepwalkers.Both texts are fairly long, so students are encouraged to choose their subject and begin reading early, even though the paper itself is not due until Week 12 (4/8). Students will be expected to effectively analyze and critique the argument and evidence presented in their chosen text. Additional details of the assignment will be distributed in class on 2/22.
Participation: As noted earlier, I believe that active participation in class is imperative for learning and I incentivize you to do so by including a 10% participation grade. This grade will be calculated based on your participation in discussion section and will be graded at the discretion of your discussion leader.