The course will involve two set of weekly readings and discussion of these readings in class. All students would be expected to have one set of readings for every week before class. The second set of reading swill be introduced and presented by the presenters for each week.
There are three components of assessment for this course:
Class participation: (20%) -This is part of the continuous assessment principle of this course. Your class participation grade will be based on your demonstration of the critical reading of weekly readings, participation in class discussions and activities and regular attendance.
Presentations: (20%) - All students need to make a presentation on one of the weekly readings. The duration of the presentation is 15 minutes followed by a discussion. The date and topic of the presentation should be discussed and agreed in the first week of the course. Presentations should briefly summarize the chosen reading and connect it to the mandatory reading and theme of the session; raise pertinent questions for discussion and the presentations will be evaluated based on the criteria of coherence of the summary and the arguments, demonstration of comprehension of the readings, analysis of arguments and the qualities of questions raised for the generation of a discussion.
Mid-term proposal for End-of-term paper: (20%)-By the end of Week 7-8, students have to submit a detailed outline (two pages: tentative title, research question, Sources, Structure of the paper, thesis statement) for the end of term paper (2,500 words). The details of the outline will provided in the first class.
Final paper (40%): A research paper (not more than 2,500 words) based on the outline discussed in Week 7-8. All papers should relate to at least two readings from the course and at least two other sources. The papers will be evaluated on their originality of their focus, argumentation, engaged use of sources, coherent structure and other relevant linguistic elements of a research paper.