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Preparation and Participation

Students are expected to prepare carefully for each (and every) class. This involves not just reading the texts that will be covered that day, but also thinking about them, taking notes on them, and preparing questions and statements about them. The more prepared students are for class, the more successful and enjoyable the seminar will be. Participation is a key component of the course. Because this is a seminar, everyone is expected to attend all classes, and everyone is expected to participate in all classes. No part of the participation grade is for attendance alone.


The term essay is due on December 9th. You may submit it up to and including December 16th without penalty; after that, there will be a 3%/day lateness penalty, including Saturdays and Sundays.


The Department of English Studies and Nipissing University maintain a strict policy on all forms of academic dishonesty. Each assignment must be original work produced by the student only for this course. All referencing and documentation must be complete and accurate for both direct and indirect quotations. The Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines for essay preparation are the standard in English Studies. Ignorance of what constitutes plagiarism will not be accepted as an excuse: if you are uncertain about any of this information, see your instructor immediately. All essays and tests are subject to an additional oral and/or written test at the instructor’s discretion. All suspected plagiarism will be reported to the chair of the department, the dean of the faculty, and the registrar of the university.

Marc R. Plamondon, Ph.D. Department of English Studies Nipissing University