Assignment details


You will get the most out of this class if you (1) attend class, (2) complete all the readings, and (3) engage1 with the readings.


To hone your data analysis and writing skills you will complete homeworks throughout the semester. Feel free to work together on the homeworks but you must turn in your own answers. You cannot work in groups of more than two people.

Extensions on Homework

You can turn in the problem set one day late, no questions asked, though you will lose a full letter-grade. Beyond that I will not accept late homework, so don’t ask!


There will be a midterm and a final. The midterm will cover the first half of the course, the final will cover the second half. Format will be a combination of multiple choice and short response questions.

Exam questions are drawn from: 1) lectures, 2) readings, and 3) in-class activities. With (3), whatever I write on the board is fair game for exams. I will post study guides for each exams in the reference section of the website.

Make-up exams

Make-up exams will be given only to students with medical or personal emergencies. If an emergency arises, you will need to contact me before the exam or you will receive zero credit.

Grade disputes

If you believe that you received the wrong grade on an assignment or exam:

  • send an email specifying exactly which questions you believe were graded incorrectly, and provide specific justification for why your answer is the correct one. We will then regrade your entire assignment. Your grade may go up, down, or stay the same
  • please do not email to say you are generally unhappy with your grade, generally think it should be higher, or generally ask us to re-evaluate your grade
  • I will only accept grade appeals up to three days after the posting of a grade

  1. Take detailed notes, do follow-up reading on things, people, places you don’t know about↩︎