There will be two required papers for the course,
each counting 15% toward your total grade (see dates). The papers should each be about 1500 words in
length and topics will be announced in class. You are encouraged to read as
widely as possible in preparation for writing the papers. Suggestions for
further reading are given in both textbooks and other reading may be handed
out in class. Suggested websites will also be pointed out throughout the
course. It is particularly important that you reference sources of
information, including websites, when you write your papers.
Depending on the background of those taking the course, I may offer the
possibility of substituting a problem set for the second of the required
papers. If offerred, the problem set would follow the timetable of the second
paper and would count 15% toward the total grade. This is envisaged as
substituting for the second paper only, NOT as extra credit. This
is tentative as of now and will be finalized in the first week or two of term.