Self-selected grade proportions

This course will be graded on a 0.0 - 4.0 scale.

From the bounds specified below, you will select your own grade proportions according to your own preferences. (The total must add up to 100%.)

By the end of the first month of classes, you will each submit an online form indicating how much you want each of the following three parts of your grade to be worth.

If you would like to change this ratio halfway through the semester, you must submit a revised form to me, also via Moodle, at that time.

  • [10-30]% Participation

There are a number of different ways to participate. First, you need to be in class (i.e., attendance). You can then participate by (1) asking questions in lecture, (2) participating in a small group discussion, or (3) a whole class discussion. You can (4) elect to lead class discussions on a topic of interest to you (please email me at least one full week in advance before you’d like to do this).

  • [20-50]% Class journalS

You are required to write one class journal entry per week. Each entry (typed in the template I provide) should be a 300 - 500 words personal engagement with the class material for that week. You must demonstrate that you and your brain have interacted with class materials and, ideally, classmates that week. Conciseness is better. Write well — spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style all count.

example | journal entry to process connections among class readings

example | journal entry to debrief from class discussion

example | journal entry to tie class materials to current events

  • [30-70]% Final project

    Please refer to specific course syllabus for final project details.


Use the American Sociological Association (ASA) official citation guide uploaded in Box for all your citations.

I take academic integrity very seriously. Please revisit the text of the Honor Code as necessary.


Sh*t happens. So if and when life happens in such a way that makes you fall behind in class, let me know. Don’t ghost. Ask for help. Please review and put all due dates from the syllabus on your calendar now. If you have any major conflicts (e.g., interviews, religious holidays, travel), please start arranging with me now to turn your assignments for me in early. I do not respond to late-night or last-minute emails about assignments, readings, or projects — students should resolve substantive questions during office hours appointments.

I only offer extensions on assignments if (1) they are arranged through Access Services, (2) they are arranged through your dean, (3) they are because of a last-minute illness or emergency. I do not accept late assignments without a grade penalty. (It would not be fair to students who turned their assignments in on time.) Each day a paper is late, you will lose 1/3 of a letter grade (~0.35 points on a 4.0 scale).


If you want to discuss a grade with me, schedule an appointment to talk to me. I strongly discourage rudeness and rage, as it does not help you at all. Respect and reason help you. But know that a second look at a grade can have one of three outcomes: (1) no change in your grade; (2) a slightly better grade, or (3) a slightly lower grade. Plan the throwing down of gauntlets accordingly.




Please ask questions in class — lean into that discomfort, you don’t learn when you’re comfy — and make an appointment to come see me during Wednesday morning office hours.

each other

I found reading groups very helpful in grad school, and you are more than welcome to form them however you would like and use them to study and work on individual projects. You may not, however, turn in any work that resembles each others’ (i.e., plagiarism); you all must still do your own individual assignments.


Health Center | main x7360 | counseling after hours x7778

If you are sick, your attendance is the opposite of required. Please rest, hydrate, eat well, and have your friends drag you to the Health Center to see a nurse/ doctor/ counselor/ psychiatrist. (I wrote those all in here so you know that none of them are bad or scary words.)

Access services

Guild | Coordinator Deb Alder | dalder@brynmawr.edu | x7516

If you have chronic or ongoing issues (e.g., visible and invisible disabilities) for which you require some kind of accommodation from me, please reach out to the Access Services representative, who will provide you with letters that give to your professors.


Canaday 2nd Floor | thewritingcenter@brynmawr.edu

The folks at the Writing Center can help you at any stage of any piece of writing, so don’t feel weird about making an appointment without a polished draft to bring them (they don’t line edit anyway, they help you think).

tech bar

Canaday 1st Floor | LITS | help@brynmawr.edu | x7440

If Moodle (or Office, or Outlook, or your browser, etc.) isn’t working properly, you can ask any of these brilliant folks for help. They can also help you with other recommendations for and assistance with software (e.g., editing software, website creation software and a secure college platform to host sites of different types, etc.) and hardware (e.g., digital cameras and associated equipment) to use for creative final projects.


Guild | Academic Support and Learning Resources Specialist | Rachel Heiser | rheiser@brynmawr.edu | x5375

When in doubt about whom to ask for help, start with your dean. If you think you’re falling behind in more classes than just mine, start with your dean instead of me. And if you miss more than just a sneeze of class, you might also want to work with your dean instead of me (or your other individual professors). Rachel Heiser can help you with study skills and other things like that.