230123 KO Discussion Class Techno-Science and Society: Communicating and Interacting (2016S)
- Registration is open from Tu 09.02.2016 09:00 to Mo 22.02.2016 23:59
- Deregistration possible until Su 20.03.2016 23:59
Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
(1) go through the texts in smaller groups and discuss their key points (max. 30 minutes); the workshop leaders should be the moderators of these discussions;
(2) bring the results to the plenary (50 minutes); we go through each text and elaborate on the key issues;
(3) reflect what we learn across the papers and how they relate to the cases that have been presented in the first two units (max. 30 minutes);
(4) feedback on how the workshop worked.To pass the discussion class, students are expected to
- read the literature for the respective discussion workshop and;
- prepare for the discussion: analyse the papers along the five questions (take short notes and bring them to class):
What are the core questions that the text asks? Express them in your own words. What are the problems/tensions the text is pointing at? What hypothesis/es does the text defend? Identify key passages. What are core concepts/terms that the text operates with and that you identified as being important? What is the empirical field addressed in the text? Where did you meet problems when reading the text?
- participate actively in all the discussions.
- chair one workshop with your group (approx. 5-6 people): No power point presentations are requested, but prepare questions for the text(s) that had to be read and think about ways to conduct the discussion; pay attention to the time management and that everybody engages;
- Each group has to write one short essay (2000 words) on the papers they had to deal with at the workshop. These short papers should be handed in (uploaded on moodle) three weeks after your workshop presentation. A good essay has an introduction which points at the issues at stake, elaborates on the key-points of the papers, points to some elements of the cases where we did see connections and draws a short conclusion.
- Adhere to the general standards of good academic practice.
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
Presence and participation is compulsory in the discussion class and you have to sign an attendance list each time. Be on time because late coming disrupts the discussion. An absence of two hours (= 1 discussion class session) at maximum is tolerated, provided that the teaching assistants are informed about the absence. In case of problems, please contact the teacher. Absences of up to four hours in total may be compensated by either a deduction of points or/and extra-work agreed with the lecturer. Whether compensation is possible is decided by the lecturer and needs written (e-mail) agreement.
Absences of more than four hours in total cannot be compensated. In this case, or if the lecturer does not allow a student to compensate absences of more than two hours, the course can not be completed and is graded as a 'fail' (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfil the attendance requirements on the student’s side (e.g. a longer illness). In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate this in a timely manner, and to provide relevant evidence to their claims if necessary. Whether this exception applies is decided by the vice-director of studies responsible for the master programme.Grading Scheme
The grading of the course is based on the separate assessment of different tasks on a scale of 1-5.Essay (quality of argument, language, layout, correct bibliography (APA style), handed in on time (delays will impact grading)): 40 %, assessed as group work
Managing the discussion class you are responsible for: 30 points,
assessed as group work
Contribution to the discussion in class on the basis of your reading and preparation of the text; engagement in the discussion group; your presence (late coming will impact your grade): 30 points, assessed individuallyTo successfully complete the course, a weighted average of at least 4,5 is required. Failure to meet the attendance regulations, to deliver course assignments on time or to adhere to standards of academic work may also be considered in the course assessment.Important Grading Information
If not explicitly noted otherwise, all requirements mentioned in the grading scheme and the attendance regulations must be met. If a required task is not fulfilled, e.g. a required assignment is not handed in or if the student does not meet the attendance requirements, this will be considered as a discontinuation of the course. In that case, the course will be graded as 'fail' (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfill the task on the student's side (e.g. a longer illness). In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate this in a timely manner, and to provide relevant evidence to their claims if necessary. Whether this exception applies is decided by the vice-director of studies responsible for the master programme.
If any requirement of the course has been fulfilled by fraudulent means, be it for example by cheating at an exam, plagiarizing parts of a written assignment or by faking signatures on an attendance sheet, the student's participation in the course will be discontinued, the entire course will be graded as 'not assessed' and will be entered into the electronic exam record as 'fraudulently obtained'. Self-plagiarism, particularly re-using own work handed in for other courses, will be treated likewise.