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Students are required to attend both lectures and discussion sections. Sign-in sheets will be distributed at both lectures and discussions. Students are responsible for remembering to sign-in on the sheets. While I encourage students to take as much advantage as possible of Middlebury’s extracurricular activities, students are reminded that they are here as students first and athletes, activists, artists, &c., second.

The consequences for missing lectures are different than they are for missing discussion sections. After they miss a lecture, students are required to contact me to explain the reason(s) why. In almost all cases, this will be sufficient to offset the absence. (Again: even if you skipped only because you don’t find the lectures useful; I would like to hear that—perhaps along with some suggestions for improvement!)

Discussion sections are another matter. Attendance is naturally a prerequisite of participation. I believe strongly in the power of discussion as a pedagogical vehicle; and students should know that I think a considerable amount of independent work would be required to compensate for missed discussions. As a result, those who are considering missing a discussion section are encouraged to consult with me about suitable makeup work before they do so. Those who fall victim to debilitating illness must contact me as soon as they are able to arrange suitable substitute work.

Online Discussion Posts

Students are required to make at least one post (of at least 75 words) to the online course discussion in each of the three following course segments:

  • Unit 1 (8 Sept – 24 Sept)
  • Units 2-3 (29 Sept – 29 Oct)
  • Units 4-5 (3 Nov – 3 Dec)

Cocurricular Events

Students are required to attend at least three of the four following cocurricular events:

  • Jeffrey Williamson Talk (Monday, 28 Sept) **Contact me if you observe Yom Kippur**
  • Dani Rodrik Talk (Thursday, 8 October)
  • Screening of Niall Ferguson’s The Ascent of Money (7 PM, Tuesday, 27 Oct)
  • Screening of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth (7 PM, Tuesday, 10 Nov)
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