// Participation & presentation

Each member of the seminar will be responsible for a presentation based on a set of discussion questions (limited to one page) during one of our sessions. The questions should be emailed to me at least 24 hours before the scheduled presentation, and the discussion leader should either plan to use the projector or distribute physical copies to the class.

// Final paper (due March 18 in both paper and PDF)

This course will emphasize the kind of critical writing you will do for your dissertations and the job market. Seminar papers of approximately 5000 words should engage the texts and issues covered in the course. External research is welcome and even encouraged, but the link between your chosen topic and the syllabus should be clear.

Your overall grade for this course will essentially correspond with your grade on the paper, which should be of professional quality (carefully crafted, polished prose). An exceptionally strong presentation and performance in class discussion, however, could raise your grade by one third (thus, an “A-” paper could potentially result in a final grade of “A”). Similarly, a weak performance in class discussion (poor attendance, failure to complete the reading, insufficiently prepared presentation) could potentially lower your grade by one third.