Why Water Matters:
Water Conceptualized in the Greco-Roman World

Fall 2018

 Professor Irby

Course Description and ObjectivesOur Critical Question Course  Assignments Schedule of assigned Readings

due dates:


 Grading Scale: 100-94% = A; 93-91% = A-; 90-87% = B+; 86-84% = B; 80-83% = B-; 79-77% = C+; 76-73% = C; 72-73% = C-; 69-67% = D+; 66-63% = D; 92-60% = D-; 59%-0% = F

Course Grade:

Individual presentations

 75 points

Group Presentations/Discussions

 50 points

Analysis Papers (4 total)

 100 points (= 25 each)


50 points

Weekly Summaries (10 total)

50 points (= 5 each)

Participation and Attendance

 25 points


150 points


500 points


CLASS PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE is essential to success in this class. COLL 100 is an interactive course, and your success depends on your effort. You must be in class every day, on time, prepared (e.g., you MUST complete the assigned readings BEFORE class), and you must ready to discuss. By participation, I do not mean simply attending class, I mean consistent, thoughtful dialogue and meaningful engagement with the readings. I reserve the right to collect assigned homework and give pop quizzes.

A: You make thoughtful and consistent contributions to class discussion. You have done the readings and have thought about them productively

B: You participate occasionally and with reasonable efficacy

C: You rarely participate or do so superficially or disruptively

You are allowed one unexcused absence. Any absences beyond this (including excessively late arrivals to class = 10 minutes late) will be penalized. For each unexcused absence, two points will be deducted from your final (total) class average.

You are also allowed two class days for which you are unprepared (let me know at the beginning of class if you wish to cash in one of your allowed "unprepared" days), but you will not be allowed to make up a quiz that might be given on that day. Any days beyond this for which you are unprepared will be penalized. For each unexcused "unprepared" day, one point will be deducted from your final (total) class average.

Excused Absences include unavoidable conflicts, such as extended illnesses and family emergencies (but not regularly scheduled physician/dentist appointments for routine matters). Keep in touch with me as you are able. Within 48 hours of your return to school, you must provide in hard-copy (not e-mail) a written signed statement citing an acceptable reason for the absence. Requests for excused absences should conclude with the phrase: “I understand that this statement is made under the strictures of the William and Mary Honor Code” and should be signed by the student asking for an excused absence. Makeup final exams will only be scheduled with the permission of the instructor and the Office of the Dean of Students.

Quizzes and homeworks are worth 50 points of your final grade. Since the lowest quiz grade will be dropped, no quiz may be taken early, late, or made up for any reason. Quizzes will be both announced and un-. It is highly unlikely that the webpage will be updated to reflect upcoming announced quizzes – so, come to class. Homework must be completed before each class meeting, and "turn-in" homework is due at the beginning of class.

Make-up Policy: No make-up work will be allowed for any reason. No e-mail submissions will be accepted. One quiz will be dropped from your final quiz average.

Class Room Policies: Regular attendance is expected. Additional readings and changes to the syllabus may be announced in class.


 No work will be accepted late

No make-ups will be permitted

Arrive prepared and on time

Minor adjustments to the syllabus may be announced in class

It is your responsibility to keep informed about changes to the syllabus and exam schedule

Turn off cell phones and whatnot before coming to class


No texting during class

Regular Attendance is strongly encouraged

Hark upon the Gale: Remember the Honor Code