This course is meant to help developing your dissertation prospectus, and the prospectus will be separately graded anyway. Therefore your coursework in this seminar will be merely assessed with a pass/fail grade. To earn a pass grade you need to prepare and deliver your own presentation thoughtfully and within the given time constraints; circulate a 500-word outline 24 hours before your presentation using the Dropbox folder created for this class; and help your peers with active participation at their presentations. Active participation means reading your peers’ outlines beforehand as a preparation for the seminars, and making comments on them and their presentation as appropriate; i.e. personally contributing to the creation of a stimulating, engaging, focused, supportive, and yet challenging learning environment for all participants in the class.
If you miss the deadline for circulating your outline, you will have to make up for that by providing a 300-word written feedback on some other outlines in advance of their in-class presentation at a rate of one extra feedback for every three hours of missing the deadline (i.e. written feedback on eight outlines by your peers if you completely failed to circulate yours before the class). There may be more than 12 class meetings in the series and you are of course welcome and encouraged to attend all of them. But for the purposes of earning your course credits, your mandatory quota is to be presenter once and an active contributor to the discussion about your peers’ presentations at another ten times.