The students will be assessed according to the combination of the following criteria:
- Class participation and pre-session assignments: 40%
Students will be expected to fulfill pre-session assignments as listed in the course schedule. The pre-session assignments can include the requirement to read the mandatory readings and be ready to discuss them during the sessions (graduate seminar style), identify specific materials or develop short presentations on a topic relevant for the session, and also review, comment, or participate in online discussion posted to the course’s e-learning site. Student presentations of the final project also count toward the class participation grade.
Each student will need to prepare and present a short research paper, including a related literature review. This could be about an organization/institution, a specific policy area or situation, an emerging trend. The research paper should include a review of relevant scholarly literature (based on at least 5-7 research articles or studies). Students can propose their own topics in discussion with the instructors. The papers are expected to be about 2000 words long and need to be handed in by February 10, 2019.
Students, either individually or in a group, will choose a policy topic which will be presented orally during the sessions 19 and 20 and as a final written report (3500-4000 words) that is to be handed in by March 24, 2019. It will involve approaching a real-life situation and must include elements of a policy proposal. That is, it should contain a clear problem(s) definition, should be based on secondary data (i.e., published literature) and/or primary data drawn from sources or interviews for example. Ideally, the topic of the final project builds on the literature reviewed in the midterm paper(s) of the student(s). Based on the problem(s) definition, several policy solutions should be formulated and assessed according to different criteria. After identifying the best policy solution, the paper should elaborate on the mechanisms/instruments by which it could be implemented.
All absences must be excused. Students are expected to communicate absences via email and produce a doctor’s note at the earliest possible opportunity and give it to the Student Affairs Coordinator. Missing more than 2 classes without an immediate valid excuse and a written note to the course instructors may result in a failing or a reduced final grade. Missed classes, even if excused, will have to be made up by extra assignments, except in the case of an absence due to medical reason provided a doctor’s note is presented.