The final grade will evaluate the completion of the following assignments:
1) Reading notes (20%): Starting with the second session (September 28), you are expected to submit one reaction-to-readings paragraph 24 hours before each class session. These submissions to Moodle should cover three areas: a) the most important point that you take away from the readings assigned that week; b) a one-sentence critique to an argument; c) one question to guide class discussion. The total weight of this assignment is 20 % of the final grade (failure to submit weekly abstracts will result in 4% lost).
2) One short paper and a team presentation (30%): The 5-page paper (1,250 words) is worth 20%, the oral presentation and team work – 10%.
3) Final paper/proposal (40%): students are expected to write a short research paper or proposal (10- 20 pages) on a topic related to development. This assignment receives 40%. Some projects may be collaborative. Please consult with the instructor to obtain approval for the topic as well as for co-authored work.
4) Participation and discussion (10%) To receive the maximum number of points for class participation, you must arrive on time, miss no more than one class, and contribute to the class discussion every week.
5) An extra-credit assignment: Towards the end of the semester, you will have the chance of compensating for 5% of lost points by attending a lecture relevant to the topic of the course
At the end of the semester, the final score is converted to a letter grade according to the CEU grading scale, as follows:
A 3.68 – 4.00
A- 3.34 – 3.67
B+ 3.01 – 3.33
B 2.68 – 3.00
B- 2.34 – 2.67
C+ 2.33 (minimum pass)
Additional information concerning grading procedures and specifications for turning in the assignments is also included in the CEU School of Public Policy Student Manual.