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Course Aims
BYU General Education Requirements Fulfilled
Course Materials
Learning Activities and Assignments
Important Instructions for Success
Grading and Assessment
Academic Honesty

Course Aims

This course is designed to enable you to

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There are no prerequisites per se, but the course requires consistent, diligent effort and the ability to complete a reasonable amount of college-level reading and writing assignments.

BYU General Education Requirements Fulfilled

The Individual and Society: Global and Cultural Awareness

Arts, Letters, and Sciences: Social Science


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Course Materials

You must purchase these materials:

Note: You may not use e-books unless the page numbers are the same as the printed volumes.

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Learning Activities and Assignments

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Important Instructions for Success

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The final exam is designed to confirm that you are the person who claims to have completed and submitted the various lesson assignments. If you completed the course on your own, then you should be able to easily answer the simple questions.

The final exam does not carry points, but you must pass it with at least 9 out of 10 questions correct (90%) to earn credit for the course.

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Grading and Assessment

Your scores on these assignments will determine your course grade:

6 computer-graded examinations 15 points each 90 points (25%)
6 instructor-graded assignments 45 points each 270 points (75%)
final exam pass/fail required for credit
Total: 360 points (100%)

Grade Scale

Final letter grades will be determined according to the following scale:

A+ 97%–99%
A 93%–96%
A− 90%–92%
B+ 87%–89%
B 83%–86%
B− 80%–82%
C+ 77%–79%
C 73%–76%
C− 70%–72%
D+ 67%–69%
D 63%–66%
D− 60%–62%
E (fail) 0%–61%

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Academic Honesty

The following is quoted and adapted from the BYU Academic Honesty Policy.

[You] should complete [your] own work and be evaluated based upon that work. [You] should avoid academic dishonesty and misconduct in all its forms.


Plagiarism is a form of intellectual theft that violates widely recognized principles of academic integrity . . . . Plagiarism . . . is completely contrary to the established practices of higher education. . . . In some cases, plagiarism may also involve violations of copyright law.

Intentional plagiarism is the deliberate act of representing the words, ideas, or data of another as [your] own without providing proper attribution to the author through quotation, reference, or footnote.

Inadvertent plagiarism involves the inappropriate, but nondeliberate, use of another’s words, ideas, or data without proper attribution. Inadvertent plagiarism usually results from an ignorant failure to follow established rules for documenting sources or from simply being insufficiently careful in research and writing. . . .

Examples of plagiarism include:

  • Direct Plagiarism—The verbatim copying of an original source without acknowledging the source.
  • Paraphrased Plagiarism—The paraphrasing, without acknowledgment, of ideas from another that the reader might mistake for your own.
  • Plagiarism Mosaic—The borrowing of words, ideas, or data from an original source and blending this original material with [your] own without acknowledging the source.
  • Insufficient Acknowledgement—The partial or incomplete attribution of words, ideas, or data from an original source.

Plagiarism may occur with respect to unpublished as well as published material. Acts of copying another student’s work and submitting it as [your] own individual work without proper attribution is a serious form of plagiarism.


Cheating is a form of dishonesty where a student attempts to give the appearance of a level of knowledge or skill that the student has not obtained. Examples include:

  1. Copying from another person’s work during an examination or while completing an assignment.
  2. Allowing someone to copy from you during an examination or while completing an assignment.
  3. Using unauthorized materials during an examination or while completing an assignment.
  4. Collaborating on an examination or assignment without authorization.
  5. Taking an examination or completing an assignment for another or permitting another to take an examination or to complete an assignment for you.

Other Academic Misconduct

Submitting the same work for more than one class without . . . approval.

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


6 computer-graded assignments, 5 instructor-graded intellectual-journal submissions, 1 instructor-graded personal essay. All assignments may be resubmitted for a fee.

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.


1 proctored, computer-graded final exam. No exam retakes available.

You must pass the final exam to earn credit for the course. 

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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