University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Instructor: Dr. Elyse Crystall
Reading Comics: Comics, Narrative, and History
Because this is a discussion-based class, your presence is crucial for the success of the class. As a
result, having more than two absences will negatively affect your grade. In addition, two late arrivals
and/or early departures count as one absence. I make no distinction between excused and
unexcused absences, except in the case of religious holidays, and an absence for any reason does
not excuse you from any work assigned for the day you are absent or for the day you return.
result, you are responsible for getting any information, handouts, schedule changes, assignments,
and notes that you miss. Although I will make every effort to respond to your emails as soon as is
feasible, I cannot promise that I will be able to respond immediately.
Because it will be difficult for me
to respond to emails asking about missed work in a timely manner or with much detail, please be sure
to have contact info for other students in class. Please note: according to departmental policy, missing
more than six classes could result in an automatic failure.
Participation means taking an active part in discussions by making intelligent and relevant
contributions based on the readings and on listening to what others have said. Participation also
includes active listening, doing in-class writing assignments and taking quizzes, participating in small
group discussions, coming to class prepared (having done the work due that day), and being fully
engaged with the course material. I will call on students to ensure that all are involved, and I expect
you to ask questions, take risks, share your understandings, listen to each other, and respect the
feelings and experiences of your classmates.
You are expected to complete all the reading assignments for the course by the due dates noted on