As part of the course credit each member of the class is required to prepare and present a Quick Report on some aspect of our topic in which you tackle a topic, author, event, institution or school of thought, which you then summarize, analyze and present with your comments to the others for their attention and critical reactions.
Your assignment will be in two parts. First, an oral presentation of about ten minutes, in which you set out your chosen topic and share with the class your own analysis and ideas on the subject. You may or may not chose to use a PowerPoint as an information support. Each presentation will be followed up by a critical discussion of about five minutes in which class members critique and offer their own ideas and interpretations on the topic.
You will then be asked to write up a short report of two to five pages maximum to be presented to your professor the morning following your presentation and which will then be placed on-line for us all to see and learn from. Your report will present a short bibliography of references consulted – and as always you will be attentive to referencing and citation of all material and words that are not your own (See the course’s Reporting Guidelines here.)
You may want to take advantage of this opportunity to pre-probe the topic that you might wish to tackle for your finial report. And while we are at it, it is not too early to be thinking about your course paper even before the seminar begins. Three days does not give you much time to make this important determination. but that will be your choice.
To avoid duplication, I would ask you to email me a short note in which you identify the article, report or topic that you intend to present.
This seminar has no text book. Nor do we have at hand a large library offering extensive coverage of our sector. But we are far from information poor. To the contrary!
For starters we rely in part on our students’ ability to use their internet skills to seek out related topics for their own self-education on our topic. And to fill this out we have developed a somewhat chaotic multi-part virtual “library” of sources which provide more useful tools and references than you will during the limited time for this short course. (But if you keep it bookmarked you may find yourselves coming to it at some later point.)
There are four sets of one-click references that you may care to look through for your presentation.
1. Our in-house reading list at https://sustainabiltyseminar.wordpress.com/category/articles-reports/ – where you will find > 40 articles treating the sustainability challenges from a wide range of points of departure, selected for consideration by the class.
2. Recommended reading: A collection of 28 articles and reports which you can see at (third column from the left) https://sustainabiltyseminar.wordpress.com/category/articles-reports/#rr
3. Some sustainable development “milestones” at https://sustainabiltyseminar.wordpress.com/category/articles-reports/#col3 (these line up fairly well with the events set out in the Sustainable Development Timeline.
4. Our course library at SCRIBD – http://www.scribd.com/collections/3016684/Seminar-on-Sustainable-Development-Economy-and-Society
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Let the games commence.