Course Policies and Guidelines


You are expected to complete all assigned pre-class readings and activities, attend all seminar classes punctually and take all scheduled assignments and tests by due dates. You are expected to take responsibility to follow up with course notes, assignments and course related announcements for seminar sessions you have missed. You are expected to participate in all seminar discussions and activities.


Your presence in class is not tracked, it is your responsibility to keep up with course work. However, there will be in-class spot quizzes on the readings, as well as in-class group work which will also contribute to your participation grade.

Emails and Office Hours

If you have a question that cannot be addressed by first reading this syllabus, you may write me an email. I will respond within two working days (M-F). For questions requiring a lengthier reply, don’t be surprised if I ask you come speak with me in person.


You will not be graded for attendance.  However, your participation forms an important part of the grade. Participation means “showing up.” Showing up means doing so on time, having read the readings and responded to them on the Facebook page, and being prepared to engage in class discussion.


One unique feature of this course is the multimedia assignments. Compared to the conventional paper-writing exercise, these alternative assignments offer you the opportunity to explore the creative use of podcasts and short videos for effective intellectual communication. If this is the first time for you to make a podcast or video, don’t worry. This is your chance to learn. I will provide you with sufficient guidance and technical support over the course so you can master the skills and create works that edify yourself and impress your friends. I hope this will be a valuable and fun learning experience.

Technical notes: For podcasts, you can simply use the voice-recording device on your computer to do the job. You can also use more advanced software such as Audacity (for both PC and Mac) and GarageBand (for Mac). For short videos, you can use PowerPoint (for PC) or Keynote (for Mac). For editing images and videos, you can use Camtasia and Photoshop (for both PC and Mac). All of above software have tutorials on YouTube or


An online blog will be available to which you should post your food bibliography.  This is a public site.  If you make a video for your final project it will also go there.  When you post your blog or a video, also post a link to the blog on the Facebook page.

Google Sheet:

Sign up for Food with Footnotes here.  Other registration activities, if needed, will be done through this link.


We will use the Facebook page, Hf2031 History of Food in China for responses to readings and to posts by your peers. You will need a Facebook (FB) account, so if you do not have a FB account, then create one.  You do you do not have to “friend” the instructor or any other classmates.

Reading Response: The night before class, by 11 pm, you should post 1 to 3 comments on the Readings post for the next day’s class.  These can be in response to other student’s comments in a subthread. Good Netizenship rules apply.

Food with Footnotes: If you are presenting “Food with Footnotes,” post a link to your blog in the comments for the day’s class.

Good Netizenship

Good analytical discussion, whether online or in the seminar room, promotes deeper understanding of the topic.  You do not have to agree with your peers, and disagreement can be very productive. Good Interaction is not about generating consensus, but about analytical skill. However, disagreement should be undertaken in a collegial way which furthers better discussion.  Ad-hominem comments will not be tolerated, and will result in penalty. 

Academic Integrity

Good academic work depends on honesty and ethical behaviour.  The quality of your work as a student relies on adhering to the principles of academic integrity and to the NTU Honour Code, a set of values shared by the whole university community.  Truth, Trust and Justice are at the core of NTU’s shared values.

As a student, it is important that you recognize your responsibilities in understanding and applying the principles of academic integrity in all the work you do at NTU.  Not knowing what is involved in maintaining academic integrity does not excuse academic dishonesty.  You need to actively equip yourself with strategies to avoid all forms of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, academic fraud, collusion and cheating.  If you are uncertain of the definitions of any of these terms, you should go to the academic integrity website for more information.  Consult your instructor(s) if you need any clarification about the requirements of academic integrity in the course.