Participants are expected to keep up with the required readings and to attend classes every Monday and Wednesday.
Late policy: Barring an extraordinary excuse, all late assignments will be marked down a third of a grade (such as from A to A-) for each day following the due date.
Your assignments are designed to be crafted as evidence-based policy analysis, reflecting the leading research on each topic. Your work needs to be carefully written and supported by direct evidence derived from the available data and from citations to existing research.
Use effective endnote references citing sources from the peer-reviewed research literature, as suggested from the extensive readings listed in the syllabi and others related publications. Use endnotes to support any contentious claims and to acknowledge any data sources.
Research paper (40%) Due by the start of class on Monday 20th March (after spring break)
You can choose to answer one question out of any questions listed in the syllabus from classes 1-14. The paper should be about 2,500 words in length. It should be designed primarily for the research community and structured with standard subheadings as follows.
The selected question, the plan of your paper, and the synopsis of your argument
Review of the core theoretical debate in the literature
Summary of the empirical literature and existing evidence
Conclusions and implications
Endnotes: comprehensive list of literature and references used in the paper
The first assignment requires you to develop a core theoretical argument in response to the question, to read widely and provide a thorough and balanced synthesis of the existing research published in journals and books on the topic, to consider what evidence is available from the research to support your claims, and then to summarize the key points and consider their implications in your conclusion. Your ideal template is a research article publishable in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal.
Can't change a rubric once you've started using it.