Exams: The two exams, on Oct. 15 and Dec. 5, will consist of a combination of multiple choice and short answers. Each counts as 15% of your grade, for a total of 30%.
Presentations: Every student will present once to his/her classmates on a "case study" based on a current event in the region covered in class. Choose a current event that describes an event or occurence that nicely illustrates the issues discussed in class and in the readings. For example, for China, find something that illustrates peoples' responses to economic inequality and perceived injustice in China today. For Africa, find something that illustrates how people are dealing with AIDS, or another health epidemic. For Brazil, find something that shows how people try to resist the power of economic development. For the issue of "culture loss," any region of the world will be fine. Your choice. There are many to choose from. Most importantly, use the case study to analyze the situation using concepts learned in class. Your grade will depend on how well you analyze the play of factors involved, including the power of human intervention. It will be 20% of your grade.
Final Paper: The final paper is 40% of your grade. Use this paper to argue a point, or analyze multiple sides of a global issue. You can choose any global issue that interests you.
Preparation for the final submission of this paper will proceed in stages. First you will need to submit a thesis statement that outlines the argument you plan to make in your paper.
Due: Monday, September 10
Second, you will need to submit an annotated outline of your final paper. This is an outline of the structure of your analysis (not writ in stone; can be modified) in which you include references you will use to address the issues in the outline. A bibliography that includes all references found in the outline must follow the outline. An example of a student's annotated outline is here.
Due: Monday, Nov. 19
Third, you will need to turn in a final paper, 8-10 pages (nothing is numbered other than the main body of your paper...not the bibliography or "title page" or anything else). In this paper, you will need to analyze a global issue as described here.
Due: Wednesday, Dec. 5