This is a four-credit course. Each topic will be covered by a lecture and a seminar. One of you will be asked to prepare a short presentation for each seminar class, as the basis for a more concentrated discussion. Your presentation will take approx. 20 minutes, and it will be based on a short position paper (4-5 pages), that you will distribute electronically to all class participants and to me before 4 pm, on the day preceding the seminar class. Your presentation should contain a short critical evaluation of the topic and of the way it is presented in the assigned readings, as well as questions that you think need to be raised in the seminar discussion. Each class participant will contribute to the seminar preparation by sending 2-3 questions/comments. The same deadline applies. I will provide written comments on your background paper and on your questions.
Classes are mandatory. In case of absence, you will need to provide written documentation of legitimate circumstances that prevented you from attending class. Legitimate circumstances include illness, serious family emergencies, and participation in activities sponsored by CEU. The same documentation is required in case you fail to submit your written assignment on time. Should you fail to provide required documentation, you will not receive credits for the course.
You are expected to be familiar with the CEU policies on scholarly dishonesty.
Questions and comments during lectures are welcome. Active participation in seminars is required. You are expected to come prepared for in-depth discussion of the topics and the required readings. The readings classified as ‘optional’ are for your further consideration and reference – you may find them particularly useful when preparing your presentation or final paper.
The use of electronic devices (laptops, tablets, e-readers, phones, etc.) is not allowed.
You should write an approx. 15-20 pages long (Times New Roman 12, double-spaced) final essay. The topic should be chosen - upon my approval - by December 1, 2017. The final paper should be submitted by January 1, 2018.
Grading will depend on the above presented features, in the following way:
- class participation: 25%
- presentation: 25%
- final essay: 50%