Students will be evaluated
on how well they identify and critique the significance events, terms,
and individuals covered and on the basis
of their reading, writing, and
thinking skills. Read every assignment and come prepared to
discuss these in class. Since this is designed as a
seminar/discussion course, participation will be critical. Always
be prepared; I may call upon you at any time. While going over each
week’s assignment, identify the major themes, challenge or affirm the
key arguments, and offer a clear analysis of the material
covered. (Discussion questions will serve as a guide: www.enc.edu/history/lib_qs.html
Those who fail to keep up with the reading will do poorly.
Participation and attendance is absolutely mandatory for each
individual and will figure largely into the overall grade.
(Obviously, if one doesn’t attend or read the assignments, one can hnot
Two tests will be administered over the semester involving short answer
and essay questions. In addition, unannounced pop quizzes may be
administered occasionally at the beginning of class. These
quizzes will cover the most recent reading assignments and our in-class
discussions. Those who arrive late or fail to attend class will
not be allowed to retake quizzes or tests, unless, of course, a written
medical excuse can be provided.
In addition to a satisfactory evaluation of this work based on content,
you are expected to demonstrate competence in writing, argumentation,
and English composition and grammar. You must submit a total of
7, 1.5 to 2 page, double-spaced, typed responses to the Tues or Thurs
reading assignments. (Discussion questions at www.enc.edu/history/lib_qs.html
These 7 will be graded as pass/fail. Students will also
write 3 short, 2-3 page book reviews of the supplemental
texts. These will be graded on a 1-100 scale. Details
on writing will come later.
This spring a number of Boston libraries, bookstores, schools, and
museums will host lectures on a variety of topics relevant to the
The Kennedy Library alone features several high-profile
political figures and authors. Each student must attend two
public lectures over the course of the semester. Many are listed
(See listings marked with “+”.) After attending each, students
will write up a 1.5-2 page summary, citing specific examples and
detailing how the event relates to the course. Summaries will be
discussed briefly in class. Other lectures may be attended
for extra credit.
At the end of the semester, each student will give a short class
presentation on any of the following: a prominent liberal intellectual,
journalist, politician, or opinion maker; a liberal think tank or
institute; a liberal magazine, journal, review, or website. More
details will be provided as the semester progresses. A short
bibliography of at least 7 works on the topic must be turned in on the
date listed below.
Finally, a note on proper behavior and academic honesty. Talking
with fellow classmates, eating, doing other work, reading newspapers,
leaving cell phones on, walking out early or arriving late all reflect
poorly on you as a student and will hurt your overall grade.
Cheating and plagiarism are even worse and will not be tolerated.
Be advised: ANY instance of cheating on tests, essays, or other
assignments may result in failure of the course. For more on this
fascinating topic, please refer to the ENC history dept. guidelines
concerning academic honesty: www.enc.edu/history/stephens.plagiarism.html
Those who are guilty will be caught. Incriminating evidence is
only a Google™ search away.