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Guidelines for Assignment I
The assignment: is a 1200-1500 word academic essay. In this
assignment you will choose and frame your own question based on
the topics covered in the syllabus. In order to write this assignment
you have to use ‘suggested readings’ on the syllabus. All of them
are available in the University library.
The purpose of this assignment:
is push you to respond
individually to the materials by encouraging you to come up with
you own questions; think about the readings; reflect on discussions
of the readings; help you develop your analytical writing, and to
explore new ideas and approaches.
The structure of the assignment: The submission of the
assignment is staggered: you first sumbit the research question
that you will choose and formulate; then you submit the first draft
followed by the final draft. At each stage you will be assisted by
your instructors to develop and write your assignment. You will also
be attending cumpulsory writing worshops to help you with each
stage of writing.
Due dates for sumission: to be strictly observed. Failure to
submit on time will affect your grade.
Feb 13, 5pm: Have to decide on a question by this date. Sumbit it
to your TAs.
March 13, 5pm: First Draft. To be sumbitted to your TAs.
March 27, 5pm: Final Draft
Writing Workshops Schedule: the timing will be announced. The
workshops are mandatory. Attendance at the workshop will count
towards your course grade.
Feb 17-18 – Pre-writing Workshop
March 16 – Writing Workshop
March 18 – Post-Writing Workshop
How to do the assignment:
Step1: Choosing the question: The essay that you are writing is the
answer to the question that you will choose and frame. Start with
looking over the syllabus and finding a topic that interests you. Go

original answer to a question. That is. their relevance to politics of 1960s and to their media managers’. Criteria for Evaluation: Thesis: The thesis must articulate a clear. if you choose to do the question ‘Did the Beatles owe their fame to their youth?’. and grammatical. clearly written. the finished product should be original. The second writing workshop will you sturcture your essay. Flip through a few books to see what kind of question you would like to explore. The First Writing workshop will help you with researching your essay. General aspects of Grading: When grading written assignments. one of the possible thesis could be ‘Yes. and must . Step 5: Writing the essay: The essay comprises of an introduction.2 to the library and look up the suggested bibliography on that topic. For instance. Step 4: Formulating the thesis: The thesis is the answer to your question. the Beatles owed their fame to their youth but also to the power of their songs. we are looking for quality of analysis as well as mastery of content and form. body paragraphs and a conclusion. display a knowledge of the readings. and be well-organized. The thesis must appear in the first paragraph. well-argued. The difference between the two is: Example 1: Analytical question: What kind of role did enviornment play in the decline of Harrapan Civilization? Descritive question: Why did Harappan Civilization decline? Example 2: Analytical Question: Did the Beatles owe their fame to their youth? Descriptive Question: How did the Beatles become famous? Step 3: Researching the question: Go back to the library and research the theme and the question. Step 2: Formulating the question: Take care to frame ‘an analytical question’ and NOT a ‘descriptive question’.

What do grades mean? A paper that advances a clear specific thesis. An unsatisfactory paper that made an effort is a D. Note that essays must use footnotes or endnotes. learning. it should show the reader why it says that by offering specific quotations. A paper that is satisfactory. we need to see that they have thought about the readings and applied them to what they have written. We are not checking up to see if the student has done the reading. using specific quotations and details/evidence from the readings. and research. This implies. and . for instance. instead. details. not narrative (it cannot simply summarize the readings and lectures). solid B. or examples from the readings. Academic Honesty and Plagiarism Reiterate that academic honesty does not consist simply in the avoidance of outright cheating on exams. backs up points with suitable evidence. Remember this is a History assignment and the Historian is bound to the traces of the past. Evidence: for each point the essay makes. A paper that almost does so is a B-. why she thinks what she thinks.3 do more than just restate information from the readings. Organization: the structure of the paper must be analytical. should use active rather than passive verbs. but is missing something significant is a C range paper. is well organized. but more generally represents a set of standards all of us must follow in our academic work in order to protect the integrity and effectiveness of that work. not collaborating with others on assignments and projects that are not specifically designed as collaborative efforts. and does its footnotes correctly is a good. never submitting as our own scholarly work which we have not personally produced in its entirety. should avoid basic errors. and to preserve the ideals and essence of teaching. A paper that does an outstanding job in each of these criteria or goes beyond them is a B+ or A range paper. keeps mechanical errors to a minimum. The BULK OF THE PAPER must demonstrate. and must footnote all quotations from the readings. not parenthetical citations. Style: essay should be written clearly and elegantly.

from books to newspapers.4 learning how to acknowledge properly all sources we may use in our written work. The latter includes not only proper documentation style for direct citations. from lectures to materials available on the Internet. but also references when we paraphrase sources and acknowledgements when we employ or develop ideas we have found in the work of others. These practices apply to sources of any type. . and so on.