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Student seminar presentations

Seminar topics will be assigned in the first session (24 March). Seminar presentations involve a half- to one-hour presentation on the set readings, leading discussion, and writing a critical response (due two weeks after the oral presentation). The presentation is worth 20% of your final grade.

The aim of these is to encourage students to lead seminar discussions by taking responsibility for critically presenting the set readings. It is not necessary to précis the readings; the idea is that you offer your own insights, questions and responses based on your comprehension. The presentation should be informal. The ensuing discussion is as important as your formal remarks. You will be expected to hand in a written response summarising your key points, and if useful, drawing on points raised in the discussion. The written review (2000 words) must be submitted within two weeks of your oral presentation.

These seminar presentations are important contributions to the course, which will help you to develop your analytical skills and refine your abilities in oral presentation and debate.

Criteria for assessment:

  • ability to formulate and develop your argument

  • use of written and (if appropriate) visual resources

  • ability to summarise and draw conclusions from the discussion

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