- Attendance and participation: 9%
- Reading response notes: 32%
- Discussion opener(s): 24%
- Final research assignment: 35%
Reading response notes: Starting from the fourth class session, students are required to submit brief critical notes on one of the required readings. The notes should be between 500 and 1000 words and conclude with at least one suggested in-class discussion point (or critical question). Students should consider the questions that will guide discussions (above)
when drafting their reading notes. Students are required to submit eight reading response notes (can miss one week), of which the lowest scoring note will not be included in the final grade calculation. The notes should be submitted before 10 AM on the day of class meetings. Late submissions will not be considered.
Discussion opener:Starting from the fourth class session, each student will be required to serve as the discussion opener for at least one of the required readings and one of the further readings over the course of the term. The discussion opener should provide a brief overview of the paper and launch the discussion in the paper in the direction of their choosing. Discussion openers should be critical of the text and enable a discussion of extensions of the research question and/or research methodology of the paper.
Final research assignment:The final research assignment is to produce a short document of between 2000 and 4000 words, which provides one of the following research outputs:
- An annotated reading list that builds on the readings from one of the sessions,
- A proposal for a research project with a well-developed research question that
- A preliminary statistical analysis that builds on the readings from one of the sessions.
- builds on the readings from one of the sessions, or