The grade for the course will be based on six or seven short papers written over the course of the semester. I will assign each paper two weeks before it is due. Each assignment will ask you to write five to ten pages addressing an issue we will cover after the paper's deadline. This will help you -- i.e., force you -- to keep up with the reading. I will deduct one-third of a grade point (e.g., the difference between a B and a B-) for each day the paper is late, and I will not accept the paper at all once we have begun discussing its topic (as to do otherwise would give advantage to procrastinators). This is not a "W" course, so you will not be graded on style, except to the extent that it is impossible to separate form from content and that lousy writing often implies lack of content. I encourage you to take advantage of the writing resources linked from the syllabus..