Seminar in Famous Trials: Grading and Class Assignment
Winter Semester 2018
Grades for this seminar will be based equally on your performance on an objective end-of-the-semester exam and your class project, as described below. The exam will be multiple choice and will cover key points raised in your readings and class discussion for each of the thirteen trials covered this semester, plus the additional thirteen lectures assigned from the Great Trials in World History lecture series. About 2/3 of the questions will pertain to the trials covered in the in-class presentations and about 1/3 will pertain to the Great Trials lecture series.
For your class project, you have two options. You can choose either to write an account and analysis of one of the trials listed below or you can prepare a video documentary on one of those same trials. If you choose the first option, it will be an individual paper. Your account should be a minimum of 2400 words and a maximum of 3600 words. It should provide background and analysis of the trial, including some impact of the legal or social significance of the trial. You should include a bibliography. The account should not rely solely on Internet sources, and should find support in at least two books which you should identify in your bibliography. If you choose the video option, you can either work individually or with one other person. If you work individually, the video should be about 18 to 25 minutes long. If you work with a classmate, the video should be between 25 and 30 minutes in length. Although a good-looking video is appreciated, you will be graded almost exclusively on the content of the video (including your work in identifying images, maps, exhibits, charts, and other aids that help illustrate your key points). You should make your choice as to which option you will choose, including the trial you will study, by the third class session.
Trial Options for Papers or Videos