Because of the way participation is credited, there is no need to report ordinary class absences. (However, please let us know as soon as possible if your schedule conflicts with an examination or if you are having a serious health or personal difficulty that will mean you miss significant parts of class.) There is no appealing participation grades, especially in instances where (1) the technology fails, or (2) you forgot the appropriate equipment to participate.Midterm Exams (at least 45% total; 15% each)Each midterm exam is to be taken on the day marked on the syllabus. Each will be made up of a combination of multiple choice and true/false questions. For each midterm, you will have the full class period. You'll need to come with a #2 pencil and your student identification card. (If you don't use a #2 pencil, we can't grade your exam.)For each midterm, you can bring a single 8.5 X 11 sheetwith notes into the exam. If the sheet istyped, the font must be 10 pt or higher, or equivalently sized if the sheet is handwritten. You mustwrite your name, student ID, and exam number (e.g., “midterm 1”) on the sheet and submit it along with your exam. If you collaborate with other students to make a study sheet, you mustwrite allcollaborators’ names on everycopy. (Using and altering a study guide that you find online, such as services such as CourseHero, is academic misconduct! You must construct your own study guide!)You will turn in your study sheet with your exam, and we cannot return them to you, so please make copies beforehand if you wish to keep them.Final Exam(at least 35%)The final exam is cumulative and follows the same structure as the midterm. All the requirements and opportunities listed for the midterms apply to the final.
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Revision 2—19.08.27Optional Extra Credit (Max 2%)Students may complete one extra credit assignment to improve their final grade by a maximum of 2%. The assignment is to submit an example of a sociological concept or theory from the course (a copy of the material, or a working hyperlink), along with a short written explanation of (1) the concept or theory in question, (2) a brief written description of the example, and (3) why the example is a good illustration of the theory or concept in question. These short reports are to be submitted to your TA according to your last name, and will be graded according to the quality of each of the three aspects in question. We will not accept extra credit assignments after November 25th.Final Examination Opt-OutYou may opt-out of taking the final exam no later than midnight on Friday, December 7th. (This option is best if you have performed to your liking on the midterms.) If you opt out of the final, your grading breakdown becomes:(Up to) 20%Attendance, Participation, and Quizzes(At least) 80%Midterms (26.67% each)If you choose to opt out of the final, and you have also do not participate at all in the course, you are evaluated purely on your midterm performance:100%Midterms (33.33% each)Required MaterialsReadingsThe required textbook is Introduction to Sociology, Seagull 11thEdition, from W.W. Norton, edited by Anthony Giddens, Mitchell Duneier, Richard Appelbaum, and Deborah Carr.
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