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Spring Quarter 2017:

Class began on 3 April.  Please be sure that you have resolved any logistical issues with administration and records and that you have or will receive your books shortly. Questions? You may e-mail me or ring me at 253.335.8050.

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Bellevue College - Spring 2017
  • Reading, audio, and video assignments are posted in the Google class calendar and in the assignment modules in Canvas.

  • Each group can subdivide concentrations on various parts of the group paper prompts amongst individual group members, although . . .

  • It is a good idea for each individual to at least skim through and have a good outline of each topic.

Writing Assignments

Submit writing assignments through the assignment modules in Canvas..  There are two types of writing assignments that are broken into three phases:

Phase I: Chicago Style Citation Exercise (50 points):

This assignment is actually a drill that runs through most of the term.  In history, we use Chicago style citation to cite our sources when writing research papers.  Most students who are familiar with style guides are familiar with MLA or APA styles, but are not familiar with Chicago style.  Then, there are students who have never had to learn any style.  In order to get students comfortable with Chicago style, I have set up a drill:

  • Download the documents in the Class Documents menu.

    • These are the two Chicago style guides (.pdf)

    • The actual Citation Assignment Sheet (Chicago_CitationEx.doc)

    • The citation source document needed to complete the assignment (CitationExhibits.pdf)

  • Read through the style guides and hints document (if needed).

  • Read through the assignment sheet including the instructions at the top of the page.

  • Open the source document (CitationExhibits.pdf) and look through the exhibits carefully to see how these correlate to the problem sets in the citation assignment.

  • Attempt the citation assignment and submit by the due date.

    • You will not receive a grade for the initial attempt - these will remain as a record of your initial attempt.

    • You will receive a link to a page that links to four videos that provide the solutions to the exercise.

    • Watch the videos and examine your initial attempt.  Correct any errors you can find and resubmit.  At this point, I will grade your second attempt.  If I find errors, I will note those and you will have the option to correct and resubmit your assignment within a week to earn 50 points.

    Phase II: Weekly Group Papers 50 points each)

    Eight group papers must be submitted; each will receive up to 50 points towards the total score for class participation/group projects.

    Phase III:  Final Research Paper (250 points)

    Due:  Your final research paper will be due the last week of the term.

    Topic:  Must stay within the parameters of this class:

    • Must not exceed beyond the first milennia (approximately 1000 CE).

    • Must relate to world history and cultures from Neolithic through the first milennia.

    • Can be on any subject matter: the arts; athletics; economics and trade; fashion; food; etc.

      • There is one caveat:  Religion.  Religion is a key factor in history and its importance cannot be overstated.  You may research the influence of a religion or religious doctrine or key figures.

      • What is to be avoided is a paper that becomes a vehicle for proselytizing or denigrating a particular faith.  Papers on one's own religious doctrine will not be accepted.  Papers (and test answers, for that matter) that express intolerance and hatred toward another group of people have no place in this classroom or in any educational institution where people - students, staff, and faculty - of all backgrounds are accepted and welcomed.

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