Students will be responsible for one opinion piece, one group project and group presentation, and two response pieces to course readings. For the group presentation, the group will be expected to give an overview of the National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security for a specific country. Students are not expected to present a finished analysis, but instead to use the presentation to share their reflections on a country’s NAP, and solicit questions and feedback. Sign-up sheet for the group project, with suggested countries, will be posted online by the instructor. (Groups can also feel free to contact me if they want to assess the NAP of an country that is not listed, in the interest of time only, I suggested some).
The opinion piece is worth 25%, group project 20%, group presentation 10%, response pieces are each worth 15%, and class attendance/participation 15%. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory. Students will be expected to fully participate in classroom discussions and activities. Readings will be posted on the class website.
1. Opinion piece (25%), DUE FRIDAY MARCH 23: An 800-1,000-word opinion piece for a newspaper or online site (e.g. national newspaper, The Guardian, Politico, Huffington Post) dealing with one or more themes of the course. The op-ed should draw attention to a current issue and must make an explicit argument about a specific policy or program that is or is not working. Grading will be based on the quality of the writing, and the clarity of the argument. A handout for tips on writing an effective opinion will be provided but the best way to understand the style is to read opinion pieces in major publications.
2. Group project/policy brief (20%) and group presentation (10%), DUE FRIDAY MARCH 30: 2500 words, double spaced. Your group is tasked with preparing an analysis on a specific country’s National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security. This should include a summary of the NAP, and an analysis of its strengths and shortcomings, including with respect to how the country went about drafting its NAP (were there consultations with civil society groups and women’s rights organizations for example). Group presentations on NAPs will take place during our last class session (March 21).
3. Two response pieces (each worth 15%): For the response pieces, students will sign up for two sessions for which they will take a lead in class discussion. For each of these two sessions, students are expected to submit short response pieces (250- 500 words max) engaging at least two of the assigned readings, and raising one or two discussion questions. These are due by 12 noon by email for the class when they will be discussed. A sign up sheet will be available online.