(1) Class participation
Active participation in the weekly sessions by all enrolled (including auditing) students is expected. Students shall do the required readings prior to the class and be prepared to address the key questions that the readings articulate. Each student shall formulate a discussion point or question in writing and upload those on the e-learning site of the course by 12.00 (noon) on the day of the class. The question can offer concise reflections on the readings, sort out conceptual puzzles, contest arguments, and link different topics of the course, etc. The question should be stated in a short paragraph. Students might be asked to present their discussion question in the session. Absence from class is expected to be reported in advance and the questions to the readings of the missed class should be uploaded in due course.
(2) Mini-research – individual or tandem work
Students will complete mini-inquiries in topics that they select from a list recommended by the instructor or formulated by their own initiatives. The latter option shall be negotiated with the instructor. Students can work individually or in tandems. Desk research shall be the main source of information and data. The recommended topics will dwell on either some forces, manifestations, or concrete cases of inequality configurations or offer comparative insights. A theoretical or conceptual debate could also be addressed. The course readings can be used for exploring the selected topics but additional literature shall also be consulted (3-4 items or a book per project). One week in the middle of the semester without a formal session shall be used to boost the research projects. The results of the mini-research will be presented to the class in the last session. Visual presentation tools could be applied yet those shall not overshadow the content. The presentations or a two-page bullet pointed or narrative report shall be up-loaded on the course e-learning site by the end of the teaching semester.
(3) Term paper
Students enrolled for grade are required to write a term paper (3,000-3,500 words each). The due date of the paper will be agreed a least three weeks before the end of the teaching period. It is recommended that the topic of the paper is identical with that of the mini-research. The paper can take the form of a reaction paper to the main readings, a critical review of a main debate in the literature, an empirical case study. The reaction paper should sort out the main arguments of the key reading(s), compare the positions of different authors on an issue, or debate the overall conclusions of the readings, etc. In any selected genre of writing, students are encouraged to be reflexive on clearly stated grounds (e.g. methodological, theoretical, ideological, empirical etc.). Please avoid sweeping generalizations and strong judgments without reasoning. Personal voice is welcome but the tone and level of the discussion should be scholarly.
The final grade will be composed by the class participation including the weekly question formulations (30%), the research (mini)project presentation (30%) and the term paper (40%).
E-LEARNING SITE OF THE COURSE
The course has an e-learning site titled as the full course name. Enrolled students are requested to join the site as participants.
Compulsory readings and most of the recommended readings are uploaded on the e-learning site. Those students who wish to have a course reader should contact the departmental coordinators.