in class discussions is an essential element in a seminar, and consists
of preparing the readings in advance and contributing substantively
to the class' discussions of various issues. Attendance
is critical in such a course, and more than two unexcused absences
will result in a significant lowering of your participation grade.
the 3rd-8th weeks of the course you will direct the class' consideration
of assigned readings. You will be responsible for doing the reading
in advance, circulating via email 24 hours in
advance critical questions to prompt in-class discussion, and
steering the discussions to critique the essential points made by
the authors. Click here for a more
thorough explanation of seminar presentations.
second half of the semester will focus on research projects each
class member will design and pursue. The project, which culminates
in a 20-page research paper, consists of the following:
research topic reports (Nov. 2); paper
updates (Nov. 18); final presentations
of the paper (Nov. 30 - Dec. 14).
thesis, abstract and preliminary bibliography
research paper (Dec. 17)