Assignments & Grading

Grading:

Grading is based on three weekly activities: an activity post, a blog post, and a comment post. Each type of post is worth 15 points for a total of 45 points per week.

Summative Blog/Final Essay (35 points possible)

Final Project Description:
The objective of this course has been to analyze how gender intersects with cultural models of medicine, sickness, health and the human body across the world. The Western, biomedical model has been placed alongside other models of health (such as Chinese medicine or Ayurvedic medicine from India). As well, you have learned about different gendered health issues from an evolutionary, critical, interpretive, and feminist anthropological theoretical perspective.

In your final blog post, you will use one of the five theoretical models which you learned about in Week One to critically investigate the health topic and country you have chosen and delve more deeply into the social, cultural, political (including global politics), and economic determinants of the particular health issue you have chosen. Cite any sources that you use with the author,the title of the source, the date, pages, and, if a website, the link.

So, for example, perhaps you want to examine the effects of educating girls in reducing infant mortality in Senegal, you will create an final post (with the sources cited) on the effects of educating girls in reducing infant mortality in Senegal. You might identify the cultural determinants that impede educating girls, such as, for example, the emphasis a family puts on educating boys over girls. You might use a feminist theory approach to critique this emphasis on boy babies over girls and how this emphasis leads to a higher infant mortality rate. The last week, you would post only a final blog post.

Foundational Sources and other resources:
UNICEF
World Health Organization
UN Women
UN Millennium Development Goals 2015 Final Report (due out on July 6, 2015)
Google Scholar
MSU Library and MSU Librarian Live Chat/Email Service

Final Post Grading Rubric
Your essay must include these items to receive full points:

• It must be between 2000 and 3000 words. 5 points
• You must clearly identify your health topic, your country, the social, political, economic, or cultural determinants that influence your health topic and the anthropological theory from Week One’s Lectures and Readings that you will be using in the introductory paragraph of your post. Your post must have an introduction and a conclusion. 10 points
• You must use at least four sources as support for your health issue and three sources as support for your anthropological theory (seven in total). You may use any of the sources from over the course of the class that might apply. At least four of the seven sources must be reputable academic sources. 5 points
• You must cite your sources in the body of your post using the author’s name and date, such as: (Claiborne 2015) anytime you introduce new information from a source. You must list your sources: Author Last Name, First Name. (Date of publication). Title of source. Pages. Website if applicable. 5 points
• You must use the anthropological theory you select to explain, from an anthropological perspective, the causes of the health issue OR the solution to the health issue you are studying in your country. So, for example, one might use a feminist anthropological theory to explain an increase in violence against women on college campuses in the United States. 10 points

Posting:

Each week you will create 3 posts that are due at 11:59pm EST on the day each is due (see below). The directions for the posts will be given to you in the prompt which is linked in the weekly schedule. Make sure you are creating a brand new post and not just “replying” to my prompt. Your post should be thoughtful, respectful, grammatically correct, and address the points listed in the prompt. Make sure you categorize the post properly and that you are publishing the post instead of just saving a draft.

Activity Posts

Activity posts are each worth 15 points. They are due Fridays at 11:59pm EST. You can only earn 15 points or 0 points. The best way to make sure that you earn all of the points available, follow the guidelines under the heading “Blog Grading.”

Blog Posts

Blog posts are each worth 15 points. They are due on Fridays at 11:59pm EST. You can only earn 15 points or 0 points. The best way to make sure that you earn all of the points available, follow the guidelines under the heading “Blog Grading.”

Blog Comments

Comment posts are each worth 15 points. They are due on Sundays at 11:59 PM EST You can only earn 15 points or 0 points. The best way to make sure that you earn all of the points available, follow the guidelines under the heading “Blog Grading.”

Summative Blog/Essay

This final assignment is worth 35 points. More will be posted about the grading rubric that will be used for the final project.

Blog Grading

All three types of weekly posts are are graded pass/fail – if you meet all the criteria you get all 15 points, if not, you get a zero. You can assume you have full points for the post UNLESS:

1. You did not do the post/comment
2. Your post/comment was under the required word length
3. Your post/comment did not address the questions
4. You did not “publish” the post and only saved it as a draft
5. You did not categorize the post correctly

Grade Breakdown

There are 315 points possible by following the guidelines for the Activity, Blog, and Comment posts. There is an additional 35 points available for the final summative posts. This means that there are 350 points possible for the entire course.

Grading Scale

This course is based on total points – so one point on a blog post is the same as a point on the blog comment, etc. The grading is straight scale:

90-100% = 4.0 (315-350pts)

85-89 % = 3.5 (298-314pts)

80-84 % = 3.0 (280-297pts)

75-79% = 2.5 (263-279pts)

70-74% = 2.0 (245-262pts)

65-70% = 1.5 (228-244pts)

60-64% = 1.0 (210-227pts)

<60% = 0.0 (0-209pts)

Submitting Work

All of your weekly assignments will be turned in on this site via the blog post/comment functions. Nothing should be emailed to me or posted on D2L unless I explicitly say so.

If there is one piece of advice I can give you about turning in assignments in an online course, it is to do the assignment in Microsoft Word first and then copy and paste it into the blog form. That way you always have a backup copy saved on your hard drive and you won’t accidentally lose all your work. Also – after you post, go back check the class blog to make sure it is actually showing up.

Late Policy

In general, late posts and comments are NOT ACCEPTED and will receive a grade of zero. Everything on WordPress is timestamped so we know exactly when something gets turned in. We understand that emergencies come up and technology is not infallible. For that reason, we will drop your lowest post and comment grade (unless otherwise stated).

Honors Option

Unfortunately the Department of Anthropology is no longer allowed to offer an honors option for summer online courses.

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