Students will be assessed on the basis of class participation and eight short reflection papers.
Each reflection paper must respond to one of the articles assigned for the course and must be handed in before the beginning of class. Each of the reflection pieces should not exceed half a page, roughly 200 words.
Students can reach a maximum score of 40 points for their participation and 60 points for the reflection pieces (10 each). Thus, the total maximum score of the course is 100 points for all elements combined. Students must hand in at least three reflection pieces and must reach at least 50 points in order to pass the course.
Due to the particular focus on class participation and cooperative learning, students are expected to do the assigned readings before each class.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A basic understanding of public international law and/or development (legal, philosophical, or economic aspects) would certainly be an asset. However, the first session on 3 May will serve as a crash course for anyone who has no prior knowledge of these subjects.
Furthermore, doing the readings will be essential to gain as much as possible from this course, with or without prior knowledge.
The reading is clearly differentiated between mandatory and voluntary. While I will speak about some of the voluntary material in the lectures and class discussions, only the mandatory readings are necessary for exam purposes.