A significant portion of your efforts in this class relies on your ability
to effectively communicate your knowledge and opinions, both in writing
and orally. Of course, we will do our best to help you improve those skills.
You will not be able to benefit much from this class, if you attempt to
passively digest the material. We will take attendance, as active in-class participation is central to the success of this seminar-style class.
- Each student is expected to present and lead the discussion of at least one
of the journal articles during the two case studies (1. Tibet and 2. Mars).
Presentations should take no more than 20 minutes, and should
include a concise summary of the papers, a list of the main points, background
material that helps better understand the issues, and questions for subsequent
discussion. Presenters also prepare a 1-2 page handout with the main points and a list of questions for follow-up discussion.
- Following each week in which papers are being presented, everybody except for the presenters will write a
short ~200-word (must be ≤ 220!) abstract about the key issues and papers
that were discussed that week.
- Please submit this summary via the Assigments tab on bcourses.
- Name your files [last-name]-eps150abstract[#].doc
- As your final effort for the course, each student writes
a formatted ~4-page (with figures), proposal (must be ≤ 660 words body text) for future research on one of the case study topics.
- The proposals are to be developed and formatted using
a template Word file we will provide and include three figures with captions and five or more references.
- As for the abstracts, please submit an MS Word file (yourname-eps150proposal.doc) via bcourses.
- Be sure to submit all your writing assignments by the deadline.
- You must submit all abstracts. We will drop the lowest GRADED abstract score. Any assignment not submitted will result in a zero and cannot be dropped.
- You must upload an abstract or a document acknowledging
you plan to submit a late assignment for a penalty of 20%. Late
submissions are due by the following Monday at 8 am, and anything
after will not be graded. Late submissions without notification will have immediate 50% reduction.
- Email immediately if an emergency arises that requires a delayed
submission. This will be handled on a case by case basis and is only to be used for University approved emergencies, (i.e., illness, family matters, etc.).
Your final course grades will be computed as follows:
- Presentations and participation in discussions: 20 %
- Weekly summaries: 60 % (one 1-page handout by presenter group on day of presentation and nine abstracts on papers due a week after a given discussion)
- One final proposal: 20 %
UC Berkeley Honor Code
“As a member of the UC Berkeley community, I act with honesty, integrity, and respect for others.” The expectation is that you will adhere to this code.
Reviewing and discussing reading materials with fellow students is strongly recommended. However, written assignments are to be completed independently and should be the result of your own independent work. To copy any text or ideas from another source (publications, online resources, other students' work etc.) without appropriate reference is plagiarism and will result in a failing grade for your assignment and usually further disciplinary action.
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