1)Attendance: Attendance is required. I will distribute an attendance sheet in each class meeting after the fourth meeting. After the second week of class, you will be permitted two unexcused absences. Any absence is unexcused if it is not legitimate and not cleared with me in advance, or not accompanied by documentation, also preferably in advance. Each unexcused absence will result in deduction of one-half of a letter grade. If you know in advance that you will miss a class for an unavoidable and valid reason, let me know in advance. Do not come to me late in the semester with explanations for earlier absences. It is your responsibility to let me know as soon as possible about excusable absences. If you wait till weeks later, those absences will not be excused. This policy is absolute, and it is not negotiable.
2)Participation: Class discussions will depend on your reading the assigned texts and coming to class ready to talk about them. Participation takes many forms: discussing issues raised in class or in our texts, keeping up with world events that are relevant to our work, joining an activist group working for social justice, writing a letter to the editor of a newspaper or magazine on an issue we discuss, even presenting your research at an academic conference. Some form of participation is required. If you do not participate, you will not receive a high grade.