Tuesday Seminar Structure: Each week, the course convener will use the seminar to sketch out and address the key political issues under discussion and to situate the seminar readings.
Tutorial: Tutorial readings are intimately connected to the topics under discussion in the Tuesday seminars. Sometimes the reading material approaches the relevant issue from a contrary direction; sometimes it places the subject in a different context or summarizes important broader themes. Students are expected to attend all tutorials and to be familiar with the assigned material, as well as participate in small group discussion or larger tutorial activities (see below).
Group Presentation (TO BE GIVEN IN THE TUTORIALs): Over the 13 weeks of the course we will boldly attempt seven student-group presentations, each based on a selected set of readings. The presentations will begin from week 4. Depending on enrolment numbers, students will work with two or more others to organize and deliver a 20 minute joint presentation. Students have wide scope to plan how they divide up and summarize the relevant material, but the purpose of the presentation is not to torture presenters or the other class mates. The key is for the presenters to facilitate discussion by introducing the class to the key themes, puzzles or controversies of the readings. Whilst it will be tempting to just stand up and give a 20 minute powerpoint, I am more interested in developing your ability to engage in lively and thoughtful discussion, rather than just your ability to read from a script. To organize the group presentation, groups must meet among themselves.
To facilitate seminar participation and to help nervous student presenters, all non-presenting students are expected to read for the tutorial.
So, to clarify, you will be expected to hand something in every week, whether you are presenting or not.