Response Papers (Sociology 142D)

This is a reading intensive, discussion-oriented course. Regular attendance, careful reading of assigned materials, and participation in class discussions is expected. Therefore, attendance and participation will account for 15% of your final grade. If you are going to be absent, please send an email explanation prior to class. On several occasions you will be asked to an article to share as part of class discussion; this is considered part of your participation grade as well. On these days, you should be prepared to present and discuss the selected piece, tying it into relevant course readings.
By 9 a.m. each Tuesday, you will need to post a 1- to 2-page response to the day’s readings on Blackboard (under “Discussion”). These responses should, at a minimum, demonstrate that you have completed the assigned readings, but should not amount to a mere recapitulation of reading content. Take this opportunity to critically engage the material and problematize the author’s argument. Most importantly, use your discussion of the material as an opportunity to raise some questions to be discussed in class. Weekly responses will account for 15% of your final grade. Points will be deducted from your grade for the late submission of responses.

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