UCSB Hist 33D, Fall 2002
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Holocaust
HSSB 1174, T-Th 11:00-12:15; Chem 1171, W 5-7:50

Prof. Marcuse
HSSB 4221, 893-2635
Office hours: Tues. 1-2, Wed. 1-2

Hist 33D: Journal Handout

  1. For the writing assignment in this course you are required to keep a journal on a regular basis throughout the course. You will write about two entries per week (total of 10), with each entry averaging about 450 words in length. That is about 3/4 page, single-spaced, in 12 point font.
  2. Each entry will be based on your thoughts about newspaper or magazine articles you read during that week, or readings, lectures and films for this course. Occasionally, web sites, books for another course, conversations or personal experiences may be appropriate. You should relate the issues you discuss to the course topic. For articles you should include a clipping, copy, or printout. There should be a rough balance of entries on articles and on course materials.
    For the entries on the course material, feel free to exercise criticism, ask questions, and raise important issues, especially if you are uncomfortable doing so in class. You will be graded on how insightful your discussion or how convincing your argument is, not on whether you agree with me.
    Tip: Jot ideas down during lecture or whenever, and develop them later.
  3. In a large bluebook, use the first right-hand page to keep a handwritten running table of contents with the entry number (1-6), the source and date, and a short descriptive title. Example:
    1. LA Times, Fri. Sept. 1, 2002, p. A3: "Grisly find linked to Stalinís Terror"
    2. SB News-Press, Sat. Sept. 21, 2002, A7: "Hitler remark roils German vote, U.S. ties"
    3. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, thoughts about lecture on Auschwitz
  4. In the rest of the bluebook, glue, tape or staple the article (or photocopy) on the left hand page, and attach your typed entry facing it on the right hand page. Write the entry number in the upper right hand corner. (You do not need to photocopy course materials.)
    Please single space to fit each journal entry on one page. Each entry should begin with the date and a short headline indicating the source and topic of your entry.
  5. In each entry you should first briefly summarize the relevant information in the article (or whatever), for about ľ of the entry. The main portion should be your thoughts and analysis of the article, relating it to the course topic.
    You should not write vague opinions or make unsubstantiated claims.
    Rather, you should explain your opinion, giving clear reasons and pertinent evidence.
    (If you are unclear on this, see the professor's example on the course web site.)
  6. Journals will be collected several times over the course of the quarter, at the beginning of class.
    Dates will be announced in advance. I expect about 2 entries per week.
  7. The journals will be graded as follows: each entry can receive up to 4 points for a total of 24.
    The grading scale will be Ö -, Ö , Ö +, or +.
  8. Plagiarism--presenting someone else's work as your own, or deliberately failing to credit or attribute the work of others on whom you draw (including materials found on the web)--is a serious academic offense, punishable by dismissal from the university. It hurts the one who commits it most of all, by cheating them out of an education. Offenses will be reported to the appropriate university authorities for disciplinary action.