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Assessment and expectations

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 UMD’s general policies can be found at this link. Though these are directed toward undergraduate students, most of them will also be applicable to graduate coursework.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The text below describes the principles I aim to follow in the practice of classroom world building.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Attendance and participation
As graduate students, your studies are your job. I assume that you to want to be here, that you are prepared to spend time working through texts that can be difficult, and that you will be continually thinking about what might be possible in your own intellectual projects. I expect to see everyone in every class. If you are failing to attend or to turn your work in on time and you haven’t checked in to let me know why, I am likely to assume that you do not care about or respect the class, me, or your fellow students – so if you are having problems that are affecting your attendance and participation, or if you have to miss class for any reason, please let me know as soon as you can. I do know that we all have lives outside of the classroom and I have no interest in penalizing you for being a person with a body and personal commitments. If you are absent for any reason, though, I expect you to do the reading and to discuss what you miss with one or more of your classmates.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Grades
I prefer not to formally divide graduate seminar grades into points and percentages. If you show that you are committed to the class, working to your full ability, listening to feedback, and engaging deeply with the material, you will do well. If you are missing class, failing to do the reading, not turning in required assignments, ignoring feedback, or engaging on a superficial level, you will not do well.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Late work
On formal submissions, I will give short extensions on request provided you ask for them in advance of the deadline. Submitting work late without an extension or extenuating circumstances may affect your grade. There are no extensions for blog entries and comments because these are part of the ongoing flow of the class and the deadlines have been selected so we can all engage with them. If you miss a blog deadline, though, please still submit your entry – the online archive of our class will be incomplete if you do not.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 In-class media
I expect you to be present, punctual, prepared, and ready to engage in every scheduled class session. Bring the texts under discussion, in hardcopy or digital format, every day, and be ready to discuss what you have read. You are welcome to bring your laptop or tablet, but please use it to participate: to access readings and the class website, to take notes, or to find information that will add to the discussion. If I notice that you’re focused on something other than what we are discussing in class, I may invite you to give a short impromptu presentation on the relationship between digital distraction and feminist praxis. Know yourself: if you won’t be able to resist the internet’s siren call, turn off your wireless or take notes on paper.

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Website
The course website, at http://wmst601fa17.queergeektheory.org, is where class material will be hosted; it is a living document and so you should make sure you check the schedule page regularly for updates to readings. Make sure that you are logged in when you visit the website, as much important material is only available to registered students. Your initial username is your last name, and your initial password is the course code; make sure to change the password after your initial login.

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 Email
I expect you to be checking your university email (or the address to which you have university email forwarded) regularly, and to respond promptly when asked to do so. I will respond to email queries within 24 hours (48 over the weekend) and I expect you to do the same.

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 Emergency protocol
In the event of emergency campus university closures, I will send an email explaining how lost material will be made up. We may meet online in a chat room or Google Hangout, reschedule class, or make adjustments to the syllabus.

Source: http://wmst601fa17.queergeektheory.org/syllabus/policies/assessment-and-expectations/?replytopara=4