Assignment and Grading Policy

Daily homework assignments will be given. In addition to reading the texts as outlined in the syllabus by the dates indicated, you will be asked to complete and turn in several pieces of written work. Each of these assignments are described briefly below to show how they complement one another in meeting our goals for the course.

1. You will be asked to keep a daily clipping journal for a one-week period during the term of all articles on AIDS or related topics that you can find in the New York Times and in a supplementary periodical of your choosing (see last page for suggestions). Your responsibility, with at least one other student in the class, is to report to the class a summary of your findings on how AIDS is being communicated through the public press. Some time each Thursday during the term will be devoted to these reports. Copies of the articles you find should be turned into your instructor so that they may be put into a reserve file in the library.

2. We will also periodically assign short writing tasks. These short papers should be type written and brought to class on the day assigned.

3. We have arranged to have several evening presentations during the term. Attendance at these events is required. Writing assignments will be given on these presentations and you will be held responsible for these in examinations. Evening film presentation on Jan. 22. AIDS Rochester presentation to be announced.

4. Term Research Project. Each of you will choose some specific aspect of the AIDS crisis to study in detail. By the end of the term you will produce a 15-page-minimum research paper that presents what you have learned. You must include both relevant scientific and humanistic materials in your report. You will be assigned to serve as an editor for one other student research project. We have designed several intermediate assignments to help you in this process. Each of these assignments are listed below.

5. Comprehensive Examination (Mar 5). There will be a comprehensive in-class written examination that covers the readings, classroom presentations and evening presentations.

6. Student Presentations (Mar 12-17). The last few class meetings will be devoted to student presentations. Students will be grouped by related topic areas to present to the class the important issues raised by that topic area. Creative presentations that involve the entire class are encouraged.

7. AIDS in the Community Service/Learning Activity. Each student will be responsible for connecting some aspect of AIDS to the larger community. This may be with the HWS community or in the Geneva area. Students may contribute to AIDS education activities on or off campus; examine educational programs in the public school system; volunteer with local AIDS Rochester efforts; or other related activity. These activities must be approved in advance with one of the faclulty in this course before you undertake the project. We will be developing possible activities throughout the term and will keep you aprised. You will be graded based on the submission of a written report of your activites and on the time you spend (10 hr=A; 8 hr=B; 6 hr=C; 4 hr=D; <4=F)


Attendance is required. Class meetings will involve extensive student participation. You must be present for this course to work. Please don't come if you are sick, but otherwise we expect you to come. Unexcused absences will reflect in a negative way on your grade. Homework assignments will be due periodically through the term. Homework, papers, the final examination, and class participation will contribute to your final grade in the way shown below.

Research Process Homework 10
First Draft (author) 10
First Draft (editor) 5
Final Paper (author) 25
Class Presentation 10
Examination 25
Community Service/Learning Activity 15
Class Participation +/-
TOTAL 100%