Course Rules

  • Plagiarism is a very serious offense in this course, at CGS, and in the wider BU community.
  • Be respectful of me and of your fellow students in lecture and section. Focus on what other people are saying, and join in the discussion with insights or questions of your own.
  • Bring your laptop to class so you can access your writing and other course materials as needed.
  • Keep your laptop closed at all other times. Keep your phone in your bag, not your lap. Stand up to the power of your devices; don’t let them take charge of your attention.


Since this course is a seminar, synchronous attendance and active participation are essential both to your own learning and to your classmates’ learning. Under ordinary circumstances, missing more than three class sessions or excursions will lower your final grade. Attendance in person and synchronously via Zoom will be counted equally. All class sessions and excursions will be recorded and made available for asynchronous viewing, but utilizing this resource will generally NOT count for attendance, unless a specific accommodation is made by the professor. Please communicate with the professor concerning specific circumstances that may impact your ability to maintain synchronous attendance. If you have a special hardship or obligation (e.g., religious observance, family event), please contact the professor ahead of time. If unforeseen circumstances arise, contact the professor as soon as possible afterward. If you become seriously ill and need to take a break from your studies, make arrangements with the professor to make up the missing work.

Camera and microphone policy

If you are attending remotely, please keep your video camera on to the extent possible. I understand that circumstances at your location may require you to briefly turn your camera off at times, but if you need to turn your camera off for an entire class or a number of classes, or if you find yourself without a working microphone or in a location where you cannot speak aloud freely, please let me know in advance so we can talk about strategies to ensure your full participation.

Class Session Recordings

All class sessions will be recorded for the benefit of registered students who are unable to attend live sessions (either in person or remotely) due to time zone differences, illness or other special circumstances. Recorded sessions will be made available to registered students ONLY via their password-protected Blackboard account. Students may not share these recordings with anyone not registered in the course and may not repost them in a public platform.

Students have the right to opt out of being part of the class recording. Please contact your instructor or teaching assistant to discuss options for participating in the course while opting out of the class recording.

No student may record any classroom or other academic activity (including advising sessions or office hours) without my express written consent. Unauthorized use of classroom recordings – including distributing or posting them – is also prohibited. If you have (or think you may have) a disability such that you need to record classroom activities, or need other assistive services, you should contact Disability & Access Services to request an appropriate accommodation.

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