The final grade for the class will be calculated as follows:
|'Theory Think Piece'||10%|
|Individual Briefing Papers||10%|
|Research Paper & Presentation||30%|
|'Top 10 List'||5%|
Any of the following will adversely affect student grades:
- Being irregular in attendance (including arriving late or leaving early)
- Failing to have read all assigned readings before the class for which they are listed
- Late submission of assignments
- Lack of participation in class discussions
To ensure meaningful class discussion, it is very important for students to have read the assigned readings before the said class. We will not be summarizing readings during the lectures.
Class Diary Assignment
10% of grade.
After each class, each student is supposed to submit a one-paragraph 'class diary' in which any aspect of the class readings, discussions, or topic may be discussed. These diaries will automatically post to the web via a discussion board. Students should view this as a de facto discussion list for the class. Each student MUST submit a diary on each class before the next meeting.
Reading Review Assignment
10% of grade.
During Module I and II, students will be assigned selected readings to review and may be required to make a 3-5 minute informal presentation to the class. Each review should be between 600-800 words long. This assignment is supposed to be a critical review and not a summary of the readings. You should focus more on evaluating the views of the author than on repeating or synopsizing them. A good review will clearly discuss which parts of the author's arguments make the most sense, and why; and which are the least convincing, and why. Details about who will review which reading, when, will be decided during the first class.
Great importance will be placed on regular attendance and timely submission of assignments. There will be a penalty for late submissions of assignments and for irregular attendance. Having said that, individual emergencies will be accommodated as far as possible. In such cases, students should make every effort to talk with the instructor before the said class. Student participation will be an important part of the seminar and students should come prepared to speak their mind... and to be called upon to speak their mind!
The American College Dictionary defines plagiarism as "Copying or imitating the language, ideas, or thoughts of another author and passing off the same as one's original work." Plagiarism is intellectual theft and violates the student honor code. Exact quotations must have quotation marks and the appropriate citation. Paraphrases, even if not exact quotes, must nonetheless have the appropriate citation. Submitting a paper written by someone else, whether 'borrowed' from a friend or purchased from a 'service', even if updated, constitutes plagiarism. Using the Internet for research is encouraged but plagiarizing its resources is not allowed. Cheating of any sort, submitting the same work for more than one course, deliberately impeding the academic performance of others, and other forms of academic misconduct are serious offenses. If you have any doubts, give credit to the source; if you have any questions, talk to the instructor. Read, remember and take very seriously the Academic Conduct Code.