Saint Joseph's College
Sectional Syllabus – Core 3 A
The Roots of Western Civilization
Lectures: T R 10 a.m. CEC 102
Discussion section meetings: W F MCHL 300 Section A 10 a.m.
Section director: P.F. Gilbert
Office: McHale 303 ext. 6180
Office Hours T-Th 2 p.m. and by appointment
Course Description (from the catalog): A study of the Hebrew, Greek and Roman civilizations in their roles as roots of Western Civilization. Core 3 stresses the intellectual, artistic, religious, and social contributions of these civilizations to our modern Western Civilization. Required of all sophomores.
Examinations: Three major exams will be given throughout the semester. The third will be during the College’s Exam Week. The other two will be assigned at appropriate times. Quizzes will be given on an irregular, but frequent, basis throughout the semester.
Writing and oral assignments:
Writing assignments will form a sizable portion of the work to be done by the student. At least one of the papers will require a minimum of seven (7) pages.
Three or four shorter assignments will also be made in their proper time requiring from 2 to 5 pages. These papers will vary in kind such as an annotated bibliography, a summary, a position paper, or what happens to be pertinent for the topic at hand.
Generally speaking, by collegial agreement of the Core 3 faculty, this writing program will consist of a total of at least 20 pages. One of these papers must be a brief tragic drama. Accompanying this drama, each student must make a short oral presentation, or (with a selected team as a cast) perform the tragedy.
The assignments will be made more specific at the appropriate time during the semester. At those times, guidelines and dates will be given for submitting preliminary drafts, outlines, bibliographies, or whatever.
Each student is required to write approximately one and a half pages in a “writing folder” for each discussion class. A writing folder is not a journal or a diary but a place in which you can respond to the readings of Core 3. For each discussion class, you are to write two short related entries in your folder: 1) one that summarizes the reading and tries to paraphrase the reading’s main idea, central focus or thesis; 2) another in which you choose any single element of the reading and react to it. Ideas for doing this reaction include:
Choose an image, a paragraph, a dominant idea, central theme, a plot element, or the like. Analyze, discuss, or react to this choice. In any decision, try to gain a sense of that particular element’s place in the whole work.
Oral presentations pertaining to the writing folder: You can be asked during any discussion class to give a brief (approximately 3-4 minute) oral presentation about what you have written in your writing notebook for the day.
You will be graded on each of your exams, written or oral assignments, quizzes, writing folders and participation in the discussions
Exams will count 30% of the semester grade; written/oral assignments, 40%; quizzes, 10%; the writing folders and participation in class discussion 20%.
Grading scale for all work, including final grade:
93-100 90 – 92 87- 89 83 - 86 80-82 77 - 79 73 – 76 70 – 72 67 - 69 60-66 0 - 59
A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D F
Class participation/attendance and "excused" absences as well as late assignments:
We all acknowledge that there are times when attendance at class might be preempted by more pressing duties. The obligation of turning in all assignments on time remains, however. The student is responsible for all work done in class and for all material treated in the readings and the lectures.
The student is to notify the instructor ahead of time, if possible, of an impending absence. The instructor is the judge of the propriety of the excuse for the absence.
An assignment turned in late will result in loss of points for the lateness. An in-class quiz or an examination that is missed may only be made up if the absence was "excused" and unavoidable. The request to make up a quiz must be made on or before the first day the student returns to class.
If you are a student with a disability, please meet with the instructor within the first three weeks of the semester to discuss any accommodations you will need during class activity, examinations, and out of class assignments in order to participate fully and demonstrate your abilities.
The student is expected to do his/her own work. Attempted plagiarism will not only be handled by your instructor, they will be reported to the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Due process will be initiated, if warranted. See the "Academic Honesty" section of the college catalog, pp. 57-58.