GFIR 712 INTERNATIONAL LEGAL THEORY
I. GENERAL GUIDELINES
A. DUE DATE: Your seminar presentation must be made, and its supporting hand-out distributed, in seminar on the day and time you have been assigned to do so.
If you fail to make your in-seminar presentation on the assigned day, a presentation may be rescheduled only at your instructor's discretion. In the event of a rescheduled presentation, four (4) points will be deducted from the assignment's twenty (20) possible points.
If you fail to prepare your hand-out in time for your scheduled presentation, one (1) point will be deducted for each day that your hand-out is late.
The seminar presentation assignment constitutes 20 percent (i.e., 20 possible points) of your final grade (100 possible points). Each student will make two such presentations (total: 40 possible points).
B. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY: Computer, printer, or floppy disk failures are not acceptable excuses for a late assignment. It is your responsibility to make back-up copies of your computer files, to maintain multiple diskettes, and to print out drafts of your hand-out early and often.
C. SEMINAR PRESENTATION LENGTH. You should strive to complete your seminar presentation within twenty (20) minutes. Under no circumstances should your presentation exceed twenty-five (25) minutes. Students exceeding that limit can expect their grades to be reduced.
D. HAND-OUT LENGTH AND DISTRIBUTION: Your presentation must be supplemented by an in-seminar hand-out not to exceed five (5) typed pages of text in length (only 250 words per page, 1250 words total - strictly enforced). You must make sufficient photocopies of your hand-out so that your instructor and each enrollee in our seminar may receive one at the time of your seminar presentation.
E. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Your hand-out should feature a bibliography section in which you list all sources consulted or cited.
F. FORMAT OF HAND-OUT BIBLIOGRAPHY: Your bibliography should adhere to a consistent citation format such as Turabian.
1. For guidance on how to cite internet sources, follow the link on the course's web page to:
2. For any cited internet sources, the assignment should also include a print-out of the first page of that source and an identification of the internet source's author.
G. OUTLINE OF HAND-OUT: The hand-out must be explicitly outlined.
II. THE SUBSTANCE OF YOUR SEMINAR PRESENTATION AND SUPPORTING HAND-OUT
A. UPON WHAT SOURCES SHOULD YOUR SEMINAR PRESENTATION AND HAND-OUT BE BASED?
1. Your assigned book chapter(s) or article (required, and your principal source)
2. Relevant books and/or articles in the international law or international relations fields (optional)
3. Other assigned seminar readings (optional)
4. Interviews with scholars in the international law or international relations fields (optional)
B. WHAT SPECIFIC ELEMENTS SHOULD YOUR SEMINAR PRESENTATION ADDRESS?
1. The substance of the assigned author's argument - i.e., What does she/he argue in her/his chapter or essay?
2. The broader scholarly context within which the assigned author's argument has been advanced - i.e., Where does this argument fit within its own discipline (International Law or International Relations)? Within scholarly debates about international rules more generally? For example: Is this essay the response by a sociological institutionalist (IR) to a neorealist?
3. A critique of the author's argument - i.e., What are its strengths, weaknesses, novelties? How, if at all, does it contribute to our understanding of international rules? The presenter should devote a significant portion of the presentation to this aspect.
III. THE EVALUATION OF YOUR SEMINAR PRESENTATION AND SUPPORTING HAND-OUT
Your assignment will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria.
A. SEMINAR PRESENTATION
Five (5) possible points may be awarded based on these criteria:
1. Substantive clarity - Was the substance of the presentation clear?
2. Comprehensiveness of treatment
3. Accuracy - Did the presenter make any errors of fact?
4. Speaking style - Was the presenter audible, articulate, engaging?
5. Duration - Was the presentation completed within twenty minutes? Did it exceed twenty-five minutes?
Fifteen (15) possible points may be awarded based on these criteria:
1. Quality of analysis, critique
2. Comprehensiveness of treatment
5. Length - the hand-out may not exceed five (5) typed pages of text
This document was last updated on September 17, 1997.