Students are required to read the mandatory material for each class and to participate in oral and written discussions. For that, each student has to start two discussion threads in the online chat room of the course and to react to at least four threads with a substantial comment.
Because of the research-focused style of the course, it is essential to participate regularly. During the course students will have to already formulate their own research proposal, which they develop over the last weeks into their final paper (3000 words) under the guidance of the lecturer. Students are encouraged to follow their own interest, disciplinary background, material covered (be it diverse fields from philosophy, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, history of science, visual studies, literary studies, nationalism studies, religious studies, etc.)
Grading will be based on: written final paper 50%, in class and online discussion participation 50%.