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Study Away France 2024, Honors College IDH4007/4008

Dual-Semester Course: IDH4007 in Spring FIU-MMC & IDH4008 in Summer B in France

Syllabus Tips

Syllabus Tips

  • For the IDH4007 & IDH4008 Syllabi, login to the course's Canvas account.
  • Before the first class meets, read the entire syllabus (including the boring parts).  Use a highlighter to indicate the most important sections.
  • Frequently and throughout the semester read the syllabus again to ensure you fully understand what is expected of you in class.  Doing this will increase the amount of information you remember and understand.
  • Syllabi have common sections -- reading and written required assignments, tests and exams, week-by-week topics and homework, and instructions for writing papers, reflections, and essays.  Study and learn each section.
  • If something in the syllabus is unclear to you, contact your professor.  It is your right as a student to have clear expectations and instructions.
  • Download and save the syllabus and other class documents in a folder on your device.
  • Be able to access the syllabus during class.  The instructor may make changes at any time.

Before Writing

  • Do I have to logon to the library to access resources?  Some publishers require us to login to their resources.  If this is needed, you will be prompted with a login link.
  • Be sure you understand the assignment - selecting a topic, what resources to use to research, what types of materials are allowed (articles, books, videos, etc.)  If you are unclear or have questions ask your instructor for clarification about the assignment.
  • Select your topic -- Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an excellent resource for discovering and reading about topics
  • Your topic should be manageable:
    • Too Broad -- France in the 19th Century
    • Too Narrow -- French literature in the 19th Century written in regional dialects about people who farm and are very poor
    • Better -- French literature in the 19th Century about rural farming culture

Writing Drafts

  • Third Draft -- re-read for spelling and grammatical errors, if all looks good, submit the paper
  • Second Draft -- review the first draft, be sure the content flows logically, rearrange in logistical order, be sure citations are accurate, verify that the paper complies with the instructor's requirement
  • First Draft -- provide a thesis statement for the paper, write freely, be sure to provide citations as you go along

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