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Frequently Asked Questions

To provide my students with immediate information, I've created this list of answers as a reference.  Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you'd like further clarification or have other questions.

When & Where are your office hours?

Students are welcome to drop by or sign up for appointments during my office hours:
Mondays & Wednesdays from 10:45-11:45 am, Tuesdays from 2-4 pm & by appointment.

My office is located on the top floor of the Hall Pavilion in the political science department.  The office number is H 12.25-40.

How do I schedule an appointment DURING office hours?

During office hours, students are always welcome to drop by without an appointment, but those who would like to limit their wait-time are encouraged to sign up on the sheet posted outside my door.

How do I schedule an appointment OUTSIDE office hours?

Students unable to attend my office hours due to other commitments are welcome to schedule appointments outside of these hours.  Please e-mail me a request and include three times you are available within the next week and I will get back to you with my availability.

What's your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is: Thibaud.henin@concordia.ca.  Please include your course code and section in the subject line of the e-mail.

How should I address you?

In Canadian universities, the etiquette is usually to refer to professors as either Dr.  <Family_name> or Prof.  <Family_name>, unless they indicate otherwise.  At the University of Oregon, where I received my training, there was a different etiquette, with students using the first name of their professors.  Consequently, I invite you to use my first name in all correspondance.

HELP!  I can't access one of the readings!

Sometimes the location of publications change, 'breaking' the URLs I provide in the syllabus. If this is the case, please e-mail me (thibaud.henin@concordia.ca) and I will distribute a new URL to the class. However, to access most of the articles you must connect to the internet through the university's network.  There are several ways of doing this. You may (a) use a computer in the library, (b) use your own computer on the university wireless network, or (c) connect to the university network from home using a VPN (https://www.concordia.ca/it/services/vpn.html).

I missed class, can I take a makeup quiz?

Makeup quizzes are only provided in exceptional, documented circumstances after you have already missed one quiz.

I missed class, can you tell me what I missed?

If you have missed a class, you are strongly encouraged to contact other students to get caught up on the content you missed (and to consult the powerpoint slides available on Moodle).  I am always happy to answer specific questions on the content of classes, but as I have many students, I am not able to provide individual summaries.

I'm going to miss a class, do I need to tell you?

You do not need to e-mail me about an upcoming absence unless this will prevent you from completing a significant assignment in the course (e.g., an exam, or a paper).  During the 14 weeks of the course almost everyone will at some point experience some unforeseen circumstances that make attending class difficult.

Can you increase my grade / give me a bonus assignment?

To ensure all students completing my courses are subject to the same evaluation and requirements, I do not increase individual grades of students, nor give out extra assignments.  I understand that during the semester unexpected circumstances that affect your ability to learn may arise. To compensate, my courses include mechanisms that omit your worst quiz and/or journal grade.

What is the grade scale used in the course?

My courses follow the guidelines issued by the Department of Political Science:

 PercentLetter Grade
 90-100 A+
 85-89A
 80-84 A-
 77-79 B+
 73-76 B
 70-72 B-
 67-69 C+
 63-66 C
 60-62 C-
57-59  D+
53-56  D
 50-52 D-
 0-49 F

When is the final exam?

Final exams are scheduled by the Registrar and I have no control over the date and time.  Students will receive an e-mail from the university when this information becomes available.  It can also be found under the myconcordia.ca portal.

What journals did you pickup? Can I hand mine in late?    

Students should bring their completed journals to every class. At the beginning of class I will remind students what journals I picked up the previous class, allowing those who were selected to be checked, but did not submit their journals the opportunity to hand them in while incurring a penalty.  Decisions over what journals I will check are done randomly using a random number generator.  If you are going to miss a class, either have a friend hold on to your journal for you, or accept the penalty next class. 

I do not accept journals during office hours, by mail or by e-mail.  Journals may only be turned in during class.

When will my assignment be graded?

We typically release grades for your assignments within 1-2 weeks. These can be found on Moodle.  

Can you upload your Powerpoint slides before class?

I do not usually upload Powerpoint slides before the start of class.

Can you provide more text in the Powerpoint slides?

Students are expected to attend class.  Slides are intended to be an aid, not a substitute for lectures.  Too much text is distracting and takes away from your ability to participate in the class.