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

Fall 2019

 Professor Irby

Course Description and ObjectivesOur Critical Question Major 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

 100 points

Public Talks Response

 50 points

Collaborative podcasts (2 total)

 50 points (= 25 each)


75 points

Weekly Reading Responses (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  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 are worth 75 points and homeworks are worth 50 points of your final grade. No quiz may be taken early, late, or made up for any reason. Reading assignments must be completed before each class meeting.

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.

Honor Code: William & Mary has had an honor code since at least 1779. Academic integrity is at the heart of the university, and we all are responsible for upholding the ideals of honor and integrity. The student-led honor system is responsible for resolving any suspected violations of the Honor Code, and I will report all suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the honor system. The Student Handbook (www.wm.edu/studenthandbook) includes your responsibilities as a student and the full Code. Your full participation and observance of the Honor Code is expected. To read the Honor Code, see www.wm.edu/honor

Technology in the Classroom: print out assigned readings, and take notes in class the old fashioned way, with pen and paper--a far better method for comprehension and retention.

Charles W. Reeder Media Center  is a valuable resource.  You can

The Writing Resources Center, located on the first floor of Swem Library, is a free service provided to W&M students.  Trained consultants offer individual assistance with writing, presentation, and other communication assignments across disciplines and at any stage, from generating ideas to polishing a final product.  To make an appointment, visit the WRC webpage www.wm.edu/wrc.

The WRC opens for the semester on Monday, September 9th.

Questions?  Contact Lori Jacobson at ljacobson@wm.edu.

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 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