I just finished teaching a J-term course entitled “Free At Last: The Global Anti-Apartheid Movement” and thought I would outline my course here in case anyone finds it of interest. J-term was a 18 day course (2 hours of in-class time everyday) in January. Students are required to take a course their freshmen year, which was the level I was teaching. Having just graded the finals, I have to say I was very pleased with the level of work. However, this has to be one of my favorite all time lines on a final exam (I asked an extra-credit question about what they learned about giving presentations and writing history papers in this class):
“By writing history papers in class I was able to learn one major thing; Context is important.”
Seriously. One of my students wrote that. I didn’t pay her or anything. I am so stoked.