COCO 2 - A Matter of

Course Information

Texts: The books for the course are: Theogony/Works and Days by Hesiod, One Hundred years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, and a Course Reader. All are available at Wheelock Books.


Dwight Lahr, Department of Mathematics

410 Bradley, 646-2672

Office Hours: MW: 2:00–3:00 (and by appointment)

Beatriz Pastor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

219 Dartmouth, 646-2016

Office Hours: W: 1:00–2:00 (and by appointment)

We both encourage you to contact us by e-mail for purposes of asking questions, making comments, or setting up meetings.

Teaching Assistants: Shalom Black, Daniel Hotard, Halia Koo, Patricia Kupfer

General organization:

The class will meet three days a week. Two of these meetings will follow a lecture format alternating between instructors. The Friday session will usually combine joint presentations by the instructors and open student discussion. If you would like to suggest a question or topic for the Friday Discussion, you should post it on the course website (see address below) by early Thursday morning. The topics to be addressed during the Friday Discussion will be posted on the website by Thursday afternoon. All students should review the topics for the Friday Discussion before coming to class.

Course Website:

The address of the COCO 2, Winter 2000 - A Matter of Time website is We will use it as an integral part of the course, so you definitely should check it out right away and add it to your bookmarks.

Assignments and grades:

In addition to completing all reading assignments by the due-date, students will be expected to participate actively in class discussions, especially the Friday Discussions. There also will be four take-home writing assignments. In weeks three and seven, a two-page, double-spaced, paper will be due addressing one of the questions/topics of a previous Friday Discussion. Furthermore, there will be a mid-term examination, and a final paper. The questions for the mid-term will be handed out the week before, and the written responses, limited to five double-spaced pages, will be collected on Monday. The final will be a seven-ten page double-spaced paper due on the first day of final examinations. The two two-page written assignments will account for 30% (15% each) of the final grade; the Mid-term will be 30% of the final grade; and the final paper 40%.

Discussion Sessions:

The Teaching Assistants will be organizing a number of discussion sessions on Tuesdays during the x-hour. The purpose of these sessions is to discuss course material and to provide a forum in which students can talk in smaller groups. They will occur in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, and 9. Note that this schedule will give ample opportunity to brainstorm about the written assignments that are due in weeks 3, 5, 7, and 10.

Meetings with your instructors:

You should not hesitate to contact either one of your instructors about issues related to the course. You can send e-mail messages to us, make appointments, or drop into our scheduled office hours.

Academic Honor Principle:

On written assignments, including exams: Feel free to brainstorm with fellow students, Teaching Assistants, or your instructors. However, when it comes to writing up your responses or your papers, you must do so by yourself without outside assistance and in your own words. In this regard, it is a violation of the Honor Principle to share electronic files or notes, or to participate in editing a joint document. You must produce by yourself all work written for submission, and there should be no doubt that this is what we expect.

Physically Disabled and Learning Disabled Students:

We encourage students with disabilities, including "invisible" disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities, to discuss possible accommodations with one of your instructors. To receive special accommodations, students must be registered with the Academic Skills Center; contact the Student Disabilities Coordinator, Nancy Pompian, at extension 6-2014, for more information.

Dwight Lahr  
6188 Bradley Hall
Hanover, NH 03755-3551
FAX: (603) 646-1312

Beatriz Pastor  
6072 Dartmouth Hall
Hanover, NH 03755