Assignments

Assignments

All written assignments must be submitted to Turnitin no later than the deadline specified in the course instructions.

Turnitin Information (for Dr. Last’s students)

Course ID = 8299958

Password = Polanyi

Turnitin: www.turnitin.com

Student guide for Turnitin: Turn It In – Student Guide.pdf

Marking scheme

Participation 10 percent

Review essay 20 percent

Integrated review          30 percent

Applied analytical paper40 percent

(Option of final exam in place of applied analytical paper)

Participation 10% (10 best weeks)

Marks for participation will be assigned weekly, with feedback in weeks 3, 7, and 10.

Marks are based sets of questions for each week in three groups:

  • have you demonstrated that you have read the material assigned for the week? (Q1)
  • have you demonstrated that you have thought about or understood the material assigned for the week? (Q2)
  • have you begun to integrate the material with other readings or a larger body of knowledge (Q3)
  • Do you have perceptive questions about the material?
  • The proportion of Q3 questions increases as the course progresses

Review essay 20% (1500 words)

You will each pick one of three texts (Polanyi, Bobbitt, Putnam) and write a review for strategic planners, drawing on introductory material and other book reviews (including reviews of the other texts).  The Meier text, as an edited collection, is not subject to review.  The audience “strategic planners” implies that they are concerned primarily with policy to achieve the aim of national security.  Your review will therefore have to focus on your deductions from the key ideas in the texts that are relevant to policy makers pursuing national cohesion and security. For example, you might draw from Putnam the importance of common sources of information to build community cohesion, and therefore deduce that a national broadcaster is a key strategic asset. Or, from Bobbitt, you might deduce that the current evolution of the market state requires leverage of corporate assets in service to the state, and thus recommend that the state mandate agents within the corporations affecting its vital interests as a condition for operating within the state. Or, from Polanyi, you might understand that the economy cannot be considered separate from society, and recommend means of tempering the effects of the market economy on national security.

 

The review essay should be about 1500 words, but it can be longer if you have difficulty being succinct.

 

The mark of 20 percent is made up as follows:

  • 5 percent for a verbal brief on key concepts and deductions (NOTE: this portion will be reallocated to the executive summary – opening paragraph or abstract – because we have not had an opportunity for presentations. If necessary, you can do a reprise of the verbal brief to improve your mark).
  • 5 percent for a summary and review of secondary sources related to your review, which may be presented orally or in point form (all references must be included in the final paper)
  • 10 percent for the final review – ideas, expression, support (see guideline)

Integrated review 30% (2500 words)

The integrated review draws on your own work, secondary sources, and the work of your classmates to situate the work of each of the three primary texts, resulting in a paper that summarizes key elements of political, economic, and social development strategies. In this paper, you may reach any normative conclusion you wish, but the bulk of the paper will address the interrelationship of political, economic, and social factors in development and change. We will discuss alternative outlines and approaches to the integrated review.

 

The mark of 30 percent is made up as follows:

  • 5 percent for a verbal or online brief on key concepts and deductions  – recommended no later than week 10
  • 5 percent for a summary and review of secondary sources related to your review, which may be presented orally or in point form (all references must be included in the final paper) – recommended not later than week 11
  • 5 percent for in-class or online presentation and discussion – recommended not later than week 12
  • 15 percent for the final review – ideas, expression, support (see guideline) – must be submitted before final class (28 Nov 2014)

Final exam in place of applied analytical paper 40%

In fall 2014, we will use the final exam format to accommodate distance and internship constraints. A format and sample questions for the final exam will be posted NLT week 10.

 

Take-home paper due within 8 hours of assignment, to be submitted on Turnitin during exam routine. The questions for the final exam will be posted before exam routine.

 

Format for final exam will include short answer and two essay questions.

Applied analytical paper 40% (4000 words)

The applied analytical paper is intended to draw out the analysis and evaluation of the different ideas about political, economic, and social development to which you have been exposed during the course.

 

It begins with choosing a case to which to apply the ideas.  A case consists of three aspects:

  • a country or community (e.g. Canada or Syria; Kurds, Quebecois, or Palestinians)
  • a time period (e.g. 1980s to present) on which you will focus
  • a decision about foreground and background (e.g. a focus on economic factors affected by politics and society would put economic development in the foreground, with political and social development in the background – however, all three must be addressed).

 

Notes for Scotty

David Last, updated September 2014, lastdav@gmail.com