E M AIL C OMMUNICATION O FFICE H OURS Professor Symes and your TA will each

E m ail c ommunication o ffice h ours professor symes

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E-MAIL COMMUNICATION &OFFICE HOURSProfessor Symes and your TA will each hold weekly drop-in office hours. During this time Mondays 2:30 to 4:30, in my caseI am available to talk about any questions, concerns, or interests relevant to the course; or to talk about history and academic pursuits in general. You are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities, or to make an appointment to see me at another time that suits your schedule. This is a pretty big class, and the University of Illinois is a very big place; don’t settle for anonymity! The better we know you, the more we can help you and the more you will get out of this experience. You are also encouraged to contact me via e-mail at any time: [email protected] LECTURES:WHAT TO EXPECT Twice-weekly lectures are interactive opportunities to see and hear a professional historian at work, and to practice your own skills of historical interpretation. Attendance at lecture is essential to your successful completion of this course. Although you will not be graded on your attendance, students who participate through active listening and responses will learn more and do better. Each lecture will be accompanied by a 1- or 2-page SUPPLEMENT, which will be posted online no later than the day before. SUPPLEMENTSwill list any unfamiliar terms introduced in lecture, a chronology of key events, and the text of any unfamiliar sources that are quoted (so you don’t have to worry about copying these down from PowerPoint slides). You may want to print out a copy of each supplement and bring it with you to lecture, or you can add your own notes to it directly onto your laptop or tablet. YOUR SECTION AND YOUR TAWeekly section meetings are where you will apply what you learn in lecture and through your own reading. ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED. Section meetings are led by TEACHING ASSISTANTS(TAs), all of whom are advanced graduate students working toward the Ph.D in History. Although all sections will cover the same readings and emphasize the same themes and trends, each TA is free to conduct class as s/he sees fit, to develop additional assignments (response papers, presentations, quizzes), and to introduce new sources or ways of thinking about history. TAs also have authority over the grading of all assignments and the final evaluation of all students in their sections. Your TA will explain his/her policies on attendance, assignments, grading, late papers, and grade disputes on the syllabus for your section.
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SYMES:HISTORY 140/141SYLLABUS 7 PREPARING FOR CLASSYou will encounter two types of readings each week: PRIMARY SOURCESand SECONDARY SOURCES. PRIMARY SOURCESare products of the past, artifacts and texts that survive from the historical period under consideration: letters, law codes, coins, buildings, political treatises, paintings, poetry, archeological finds, charters, court cases, etc.
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