Course information and requirements

We meet twice a week: Monday and Wednesday, 12:15 – 1:30 in Coltrane Lounge (ADK House).

We will read Mark Kurlansky’s Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World  (please order online).

All of the readings are found on the schedule page. We have an ERES page; the password is 2505ji.

Students who have Letters of Accommodation in this class are encouraged to contact me as early in the semester as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. For those without Letters of Accommodation, assistance is available to eligible students through the Disability Resource Center. Please contact Jodi Litchfield, the ADA Coordinator, for more information at litchfie@middlebury.eduor 802-443-5936. All discussions will remain confidential.

You must come to class every day ready to discuss in detail the reading for that day.  The breakdown for your final grade is as follows:

  • Course participation and leadership (25%)
  • Mid-term examination (20%)
  • Research paper (40%)
  • Final (oral) exam (15%)

As of Week 2, you will help lead our seminar discussions. In addition, each of you will be expected to bring in reading questions to each class, questions that you are prepared to share and answer.

In Weeks 8 – 10, we will present papers that we choose together, based on our collective interests and/or the research you are doing for your papers.

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