The final grade for this course will be based on:
|Discussion and Debate
|Case Study Assignment
|Exercises and Activities
- A late penalty of 10% of the total points for an assignment will be subtracted for each 24 hour period that any of the above assignments are handed in late.
- The College Honor Code applies to all work (see either the Student Handbook, the Academic Information Guide, or the Skidmore College Catalogue for more detail on the honor code).
The two exams will consist of a combination of objective and short-answer questions that draw from the material covered in lecture and the reading assignments, as well as the discussion/debate sessions.
Discussion and Debate
After three discussion/debate classes, all students will fill out an evaluation questionnaire designed to assess the members' levels of preparation for the assignment and the level of participation in the discussion. As a member of the group, you are in a good position to know the extent to which other students have done the background work and are able to contribute to the exercise. These evaluations will be submitted to the instructor and will contribute to the final grade in the class.
Student Case Study Projects - Paper and Oral Presentation
Description of Project
Your case study will tell the story of a real environmental controversy that presents an interesting educational puzzle to be solved and an important question to be answered. You will prepare both a paper and an oral presentation examining this environmentally related case study. To develop the case study, you will research an issue of your choice and formulate a fundamental question related to this issue. You are then to research and analyze your question using interdisciplinary perspectives. That is, examine the way in which the interplay of these various perspectives influences the possible answers to your question. This requires an understanding of the issue from several different perspectives and disciplines. A good case study will take various perspectives into account. You will then make recommendations for how individuals or groups of individuals should deal with this issue. The audience for both your paper and presentation is the other students in this class.