150126 VU Current Developments in Northeast Asia (1) (2017W)
- Registration is open from Mo 04.09.2017 10:00 to Mo 25.09.2017 10:00
- Deregistration possible until Fr 27.10.2017 10:00
Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
Weekly notes: Each student will be assigned one newspaper or similar source. In preparation of each unit, students will be asked to read related articles in the assigned source and to prepare a short informal presentation of their contents, identifying at least three major themes and knowing some of their background. The written notes for each of the sessions must be posted on Moodle 24 hours before class in order to be accessible to the other students.
Interim summaries: Twice during the semester, we will focus on particular events or issues and discuss them more deeply. For that purpose, the class will be divided into four teams. During each designated session (see schedule), two of the teams will present. Each of them will have to select one topic/issue that they like to talk about and use input from their respective news source to collect empirical information. This will have to be supplemented by background research. It will not be possible to discuss the same topics/issues. One grade will be given for the whole team.Final essay: At the end of the semester, each student will be asked to submit an essay (4,000 words) summarizing the results of his/her media analysis. The editorial deadline for the contents of these essays is June 11, 2017.
Participation: Students’ participation in discussion is an integral part of this course. Regular participation is thus mandatory. The following rules apply: The final grade remains unchanged in the case of up to three absences. If you are absent for up to 4 times, the final grade will be reduced by one full grade. If you are absent for up to 5 times, the final grade will be reduced by two full grades, and so forth.
In-class activity: Your in-class activity will be noted. This concerns the presentation of the last week’s main events from your new source as well as your participation in the discussion of other presentations. Please note that you will typically not be explicitly asked to present; this is not high-school. It is up to you to share your results and insights.
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
-- Student’s in-class presentations (including timely submission of notes to Moodle): 40%
-- Interim summary (team presentation): 30%
-- Final essay: 30%
Please note: The final essay counts as a minimal requirement (“Mindestanforderung”) and must thus be passed in order to pass the whole course.