Literary & Historical Utopias: syllabus details

final grade report

I will turn in final grades to the registrar during the week following the final exam. Additionally, I will email each student a final grade report or tally. Though this message should be accurate, it is “unofficial”: none of its information is recorded or supported by the university registrar. The message will appear thus:

LITR 5439 Utopias 20xx final grade report


Contact information


Midterm grade:

Research postings:

Overall grade for presentations, participation, attendance:

Final exam grade:

Course grade:



letter grades only, including pluses or minuses

percentages on syllabus, but no mathematical equations in grading

improvement or absorption of instruction helps

don't sweat presentations / participation / attendance grade; under normal circumstances, won't hurt or change grade much, but sometimes a student who struggles with writing is especially helpful in seminar meetings, when that part of grade may count more

Participation doesn't automatically equal amount of talk in class but also tracking, parlaying or application of previous comments to advance rather than stall discussion + or - nodding and beaming at instructor's every word

More notes:

Generally shorter notes than midterm (o a o time-pressure + students' potential indifference)

If you want more feedback, email or otherwise contact

Sample final exams or excerpts will be posted

If you want any of your materials removed or rendered anonymous, just email me specifically what to do