In order to qualify for the web option (otherwise you must take the
final exam), you must:
- have received a 7 or better on the first draft of your book essay
(link to handout)
- submit a printed, revised version of that draft, with all prior
submissions (prospectus and draft),
on Friday, Feb. 27.
- I will return these by March 3 (if you really want yours on Mar. 1,
please write that on the printout).
- Make the recommended corrections and resubmit the printed revision
with my comments, with an electronic copy in microsoft word format,
at my office by Friday, March 5, 1pm.
The electronic copy can be e-mailed or on a disk (I will return your
diskódo write your name on it).
- If you would like to include any images, these must be mailed/saved
as separate files (do not just insert them into the word document).
However, indicate on the printout where they should be inserted.
- For bonus credit, you can do a short (3-5 minute) presentation of
your essay to the class on 3/8 or 3/10.
Project Elements (index
page of actual book essays)
Your final submission must have the following elements in addition to your
book essay text:
- Full author, title, and (publication information) of
the book or books on which your essay is based.
They should be in the following form:
Authorsfirstname Authorslastname, Title and Subtitle in Italics
(Cityofpublication: Publisher, yearpublished), number of pages. UCSB:
Example: Mary Fulbrook, The Divided Nation: A History of Germany,
1918-1990 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992), 405 pages.
UCSB: DD240.F85 1992.
- A second, centered paragraph with the text on four lines (I'll turn
the "course homepage" into a link):
Book essay[review, whatever] written by Yourfirstname
for Prof. Marcuse's upper division lecture course Germany since
1945 (course homepage)
UC Santa Barbara, Winter 2004
- An about the author sentence or paragraph, in which you describe:
yourself (major, class year, relevant interests), and the extent of
your knowledge of German/European history (e.g. personal/family connections,
previous coursework, travel). You might also say why you chose this
particular book or topic.
Example: I am a junior political science major who has been studying
the formation of political parties. I traveled through Germany after
I graduated from high school, and I hope to intern at the German Bundestag
next summer. I chose to write about the German Green party because I
am interested in environmental issues.
- An abstract of your essay (about 150-200 words), in which you
briefly describe what the book is about, and state the author's and/or
your main thesis (the main point they/you are trying to make).
- The text of your essay. Please do not use underlining, only
bold and italics (underlining is for links only).
- At the end you should have a sources section, with the full
bibliographic information for the book reviews you found. This is also
the place to list at least two other books or journal articles
on your topic, or relevant links you have found. You should briefly
annotate them. An annotation is a brief description, possibly
with an assessment. For an example you how to do this for links, see
the course website, section "examples for
paper topics;" for books, see the listing of course books on the
syllabus or website (link).
- This project, like the final exam, is worth 15 points (plus up to
3 bonus points for presentations).
You will receive 5 points for the extra round of revision, meeting
the deadlines, and getting the format right.
You will receive up to 5 more points for your "about the author" (2pts)
and abstract (3pts) texts.
You will receive up to 5 more points for sources section (the list
of books, articles, and links).