Wikipedia:USEP/Courses/Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities (Kimberly Hoang and Diana Strassmann)

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Course information[edit]

  • Rice University
  • Introduction to Poverty, Justice, Capabilities
  • Professors names: Kimberly Hoang and Diana Strassmann
  • Professor's Wikipedia username: DStrassmann (talk · contribs). -->
  • Course start date: August 21, 2012
  • Assignment due date: Final Assignment due November 29, 2012

Course description[edit]

This course provides an introduction to the study of poverty, justice and capabilities. We consider theory and policy oriented towards improving human well-being in the US and internationally. Readings address not just material deprivations but also gender, racial and ethnic disparities, health status, education, human rights, and political freedoms.

Wikipedia assignment[edit]

A key requirement of the course is the development of an approved contribution to Wikipedia, either a substantial revision of an existing article or a new article. Students will also review existing pages, write proposals for their contributions, participate in appropriate project groups, and provide additional contributions (such as to talk pages or edits of other entries). The assigned will be staged, with portions due at specific dates during the course,


Document Deadline File Name Points (Total: 450)
Create Account & User Page Tuesday, August 28 N/A 5
Review an existing wikipedia page Thursday, August 30 <LastName>PageReview.doc 10
Proposed topics Thursday, September 6 <LastName>WikiTopics.doc 15
Proposal Thursday, September 20 <LastName>WikiProposal.doc 100
WikiProject Contribution Thursday, October 4 <LastName>WikiProject.pdf 5
Article Discussion Thursday, October 4 <LastName>ArticleDiscussion.pdf 5
Initial Contribution to Mainspace Tuesday, October 23 <LastName>IntialContribution.pdf <LastName>Outline.doc 75
Page Promotion Thursday, October 25 <LastName>PagePromotion.pdf 5
Workshop Entry Uploaded to OWL-Space Friday, October 26 <LastName>WorkshopEntry.pdf <LastName>Outline.doc Part of Total Below
Peer Review Documents Tuesday, October 30 n/a 30
Workshop required class Thursday, November 1 n/a Part of Total Below
Revised Contribution (nominate article for Good Article) Thursday, November 15 <LastName>RevisedEntry.pdf Part of Total Below
Additional Contributions Tuesday, November 20 <LastName>Additional.doc Part of Total Below
Final Contribution Thursday, November 29 <LastName>Original.pdf





August 28: Create Account and User Page[edit]

In class
Assignments (August 28)
  • Create a Wikipedia account and create a user page.
  • Create a personal sandbox on user page
  • All students have Wikipedia user accounts, user pages, and sandboxes.

September 6-20: Exploring the Topic Area[edit]

In class
Assignment (due September 6)
  • Prepare a list of 2-3 potential topics. For each topic, supply a few sentences to

explain your interest and possible revisions, 8-10 references (5 minimum), and then rank the topics in order from most to least desirable. One of these topics will become your final topic and the rankings may be used to form groups of two based on common interest (if you indicate you would like to work in a pair). If you know you want to work with a particular class member, you could submit the topic proposals jointly, indicating how you might split up the work.

September 12-20: Topic Proposal[edit]

In class
Assignment (due September 20)
  • Submit proposal of final topic.

October 1-4: WikiProject and Article Discussion Contributions[edit]

In class
  • Discuss the range of topics students will be working on and strategies for researching and writing about them.
  • Instructor and/or Campus Ambassadors talk about Wikipedia culture & etiquette.
  • Q&A session with instructor and/or Campus Ambassadors about interacting on Wikipedia and getting started with writing
Assignments (due October 4) Article Discussion & WikiProject Contribution
  • Add Username and Article to Course Page
Assignments (due October 4)
  • Contribute to a WikiProject.
  • Contribute to an article discussion.

October 6-23: Initial Contribution[edit]

In class
  • Discuss working with sandboxes and continue contributing to discussion pages.
Initial Contribution to Mainspace
Assignments (due October 23)
  • If you are starting a new article, write a 3–4 paragraph summary version of your article (with citations) in your Wikipedia sandbox. If you are improving an existing article, write a summary version reflecting the content the article will have after it's been improved, and post this along with a brief description of your plans on the article's talk page.
  • Draft a version of your entry and upload to the wikipedia main page by October 23
  • All students have started editing articles or drafts on Wikipedia/sandboxes.

October 23-25: Page Promotion[edit]

In class
Assignments (due October 25)
  • For new article: write a "Did you know" hook and upload to wikipedia
  • For pre-existing articles, add links to your page on other wikipedia pages where appropriate
  • Students have made their page known on broader wikipedia

October 26: Workshop entry[edit]

In Class
Assignment (due October 26)
  • Upload PDF versions of your entry to Owlspace; highlight changes or describe changes in a separate word document
  • E-mail PDF versions of your entry to peer-review group

Thursday November 1: Mandatory Workshop Class[edit]

In class
  • Peer review and editing of sandbox articles.
  • All articles have been reviewed by others. All students have reviewed articles by their classmates.

November 1-13: Revised Article Contribution to Wikipedia[edit]

Wiki assignments (due November 13)
  • Revise entry according to peer comments, upload to owlspace

November 13-20: Ongoing and Updating Contributions[edit]

In class or outside of class

November 20-29: Final Article Contribution to Wikipedia[edit]

In class
Assignment (due November 29)
  • Submit final article to Wikipedia including peer edits and ongoing revisions.
  • Students have finished all their work on Wikipedia that will be considered for grading, and have submitted reflective essays.

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Student usernames[edit]

Student usernames should follow the ExampleUser format below.


This table will list each article that a student is working on, and which other students will be peer reviewers for the article.

User Article 1st reviewer 2nd reviewer 3rd reviewer
Heidimkahle School meals in the United States open User:Reviewer 1 open User:Reviewer 2 open User:Reviewer 3
Kayceeho Obstetric fistula Rachelpop- open User:Reviewer 2 open User:Reviewer 3
Michelle Rice and Rmb7 Ethnic enclave open User:Reviewer 1 open User:Reviewer 2 open User:Reviewer 3
Rachelpop- Reproductive coercion Avo92 Kayceeho Cshaase
Rachel.m.mitchell Human trafficking in Greece open User:Lgriffin92 open User:Reviewer 2 open User:Reviewer 3
matt.9.johnson Energy in Africa open User:Reviewer 1 open User:Reviewer 2 open User:Reviewer 3
Mjs15 International emergency medicine open User:Lgriffin92 open User:Reviewer 2 open User:Reviewer 3
Morell21 Racial achievement gap in the United States open User:Reviewer 1 open User:Reviewer 2 open User:Reviewer 3
saimatoppa Black middle class Avo92 open User:Reviewer 2 open User:Reviewer 3
Cshaase HIV and Men who have sex with men Rachelpop- open User:Reviewer 2 open User:Reviewer 3
Avo92 Disability and poverty Rachelpop- open User:Reviewer 2 open User:Reviewer 3
User:Example User Example article open User:Reviewer 1 open User:Reviewer 2 open User:Reviewer 3
Allyssa.abacan Infant mortality open User:Reviewer 1 open User:Reviewer 2 open User:Reviewer 3

Article banners[edit]

To mark each article the subject of a student project, add the following code at the top of the talk page for each article: {{ WAP assignment | course=Wikipedia:USEP/Courses/Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities (Kimberly Hoang and Diana Strassmann) | university = Rice University | term = 2012 Q4 | project = }} That will result in the following banner (and make the articles easy to track):

Helpful pages[edit]

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