Each student has to write at least five short
essays (due electronically Tuesdays or Thursdays at noon -- late essays will not be accepted!). You cannot write more than six essays - or at least I will not grade more than six.
The topics for each deadline will be available on the website
(there is a total of seven potential deadlines). Each essay
has to be between 800 and 1000 words (these limits will be
strictly enforced. You have to provide the exact word count
on each paper, not including title, references, and short
footnotes). Your best four essays will count for 40
percent of your grade. Each student has to write at least one essay by the second deadline (see topics below) and at least three by the fifth deadline.