Student Responsibilities and Grading for NR 6
We expect you to attend all class activities. Effort and
participation are evaluated on the basis of small section
discussions and activities. We hope that the small class size will
allow everyone to feel comfortable as participants. Please talk to
your instructor privately if you are having difficulty. The course
explicitly considers racial and gender values and their role in the
natural resource profession. Open discussion in a safe environment
is key to consideration of individual values.
2) Reading (weekly)
Click here for readings, which
are assigned for each week. They contain material designed to
support topics presented by our speakers and to provide insights
into race and culture issues. The readings are short, so we expect
that you will have the time to read them carefully and respond to
the ideas and information presented.
3) Reflective Writings (weekly)
a. Assignments are due by Noon on Wednesdays. A drop box with
folders for each discussion section is in room 220 Aiken (Dean's
Office area). Place your paper in the folder marked with your
discussion leader's name.
b. In discussion sections on Thursday come prepared to discuss
your reaction and thoughts about the speaker and reading(s). This
discussion may spark new ideas for you.
c. Take risks and explore your own voice on the topics raised by
the readings and speakers.
d. What should I write?
These writings are a place to practice personal expressive
writing -- an individual record of your learning. They
should be thoughtful, reflective pieces -- not only a report about
what was stated in an article or by a speaker, but critical
thinking about the new information and synthesis to create new
Put your name, date, name of the reading
author/speaker, and your discussion leader's name at the top of
each paper. Not doing this is the most common reason
students do not get credit for their work.
Please type between one and two
pages (12 pt font. 1 inch margins, 1.5 line spacing) for
each assignment. Please print double sided if possible. Your paper
should have two sections with a heading for each:
Section 1. Description
In this section of your paper, report
briefly on what was in the readings and what happened in the
lecture. This section should be no longer than 1/3 of a page.
Depending on the length of your sentences, this section may be
between 2 and 5 sentences.
Section 2. Interpretation/Reflection
Respond to both the speaker and the readings for the week. If more
than one reading is assigned for a particular week, combine your
reactions to all of them into a single reflective writing. You
should demonstrate thoughtful effort in the assignment through
critical thinking, deep examination, and articulation of your
learning. Papers will be evaluated on a three-point scale:
In this section interpret how the material
relates to you and your experiences. How does the information
match or conflict with your experiences and ideas? Do you have any
difficulties with the material? If so, what are these? Does it
resonate or have relevance for settings outside of NR 6 (for
example, work, family, friends, the residence halls, the campus,
the world?)? Comment on these connections.What questions does the
material raise for you? How might it affect your future thinking
Check Plus: Both sections are present,
address the readings and the lecture, and the paper shows
excellent critical thinking, synthesis, and reflection.
Check: Both sections are present, address the
readings and the lecture, and the paper shows average critical
thinking, synthesis, and reflection.
Check-minus: A section is missing and/or the
paper does not address either the readings or the lecture and/or
the paper shows poor critical thinking, synthesis, and reflection.
Please take the time to read your instructor's comments on your
assignments and incorporate them into future submissions. We
expect to see effort in developing your critical thinking,
interpretation, and reflective writing skills over the course of
4) Autobiographical Essay
To assist in developing a personal perspective on race and natural
resource issues, we would like you to write an autobiographical
essay that touches on the more influential experiences that you have
had with respect to natural resources and the environment and race
and culture issues. This will help you to explore the way in which
your attitudes have been shaped by experience, institutions and
people in your life.
The autobiographical essay directions will be discussed in
class.You will submit a draft and your discussion group leader
will assist you with this project by providing feedback on your
draft. Click here for directions.
5) Action Plan
The purpose of this assignment is to identify actions you can take
to make positive contributions to the university community and to
society with respect to issues of difference and diversity.
Click here for directions.
For purposes of grading, the components of the course will be
balanced in the following way:
- Attendance: 10%
- Effort/participation: 20%
- Reflective writings: 25%
- Autobiographical Essay: 30%
- Next Steps Action Plan: 15%
7) Academic Integrity
We expect you to follow UVM's Code of Academic Integrity when
preparing assignments for NR 6. Offenses against the Code of
Academic Integrity are deemed serious and insult the integrity of
the entire academic community. Any suspected violations of the code
are taken very seriously and will be forwarded to the Center for
Student Ethics & Standards for further investigation. To read
the Code of Acacemic Integrity in its entirety and to learn more
about procedures for reporting alleged violations, visit the Center
Student Ethics and Standards website.
8) Religious Holidays
Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice.
Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors
by the end of the second full week of classes their documented
religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit
students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to
make up this work. Interfaith