- Participation and presentation (30%): students are required to participate actively in class and give one/two paper presentation(s) and one case presentation. Each paper/case presentation should take 20-25 minutes. The presenter is expected to answer questions from the audience. Student presentations only start in Week 3.
- Comment papers (30%): each student will submit two comment papers on the readings of a weekof his/her own choosing. These weeks may be the same weeks in which the student is assigned to present papers or cases. The paper should be 1000 words in length (including footnotes, endnotes and bibliography, if any) and provide i) a succinct summary of the research question, methodology, and major findings of the readings; ii) an analytical review that identifies their strengths and weaknesses of the readings; and iii) possible research questions that follow from the commentary. The paper should be submitted by noon of the Wednesday of the week.
- For this assignment, students will have a choice between Option A and Option B:
Option A: Replication Study (40%): As mentioned in the Research Design and Methods course, replication is important to academic research and good scientific studies must be replicable. Thus, each student will choose a theme related to development (broadly defined), identify a dataset (quantitative or qualitative) associated with that theme and engage in a replication and/or extension study. The final replication report should contain five components: i) identify a theme and a specific research question; ii) a brief review of the existing literature related to the research question; iii) theory and hypothesis/hypotheses to be replicated; iv) description of research design and data used for the replication; v) replication results and discussion. The report is expected to be 2000-2500 words in length and is due on March 29th at 11:59pm.
Option B: Foresight and Scenario Planning (40%): As will be mentioned in the course, advices to policy makers or company CEOs should not be based on the current situations of the country or company because these situations will change by the time a policy or action is put in place. Foresight is therefore paramount to the work of policy advisors and business strategists. In this exercise, each student will choose a theme related to development (broadly defined), identify the uncertainties associated with the theme and construct possible scenarios that may be realized in the future. The final scenario report should contain five components: i) identify a theme and a specific issue area; ii) identify the driving forces and big shifts that are likely to occur in this area (the STEEP trends), which may affect regions, countries or organizations; iii) identify the critical uncertainties associated with (some of) the trends; iv) develop a range of scenarios that may arise in the future; v) discuss the various implications and impacts of each scenario and come out with recommendations for policy makers, chairmen of organizations or company CEOs. The report is expected to be 2000-2500 words in length and is due on March 29th at 11:59pm.
Penalty for late work: 1 percentage point of overall grade per calendar day