233042 SE Innovation Policy and Politics (2019S)
A Critical Analysis
- Registration is open from Fr 01.02.2019 00:01 to Mo 22.04.2019 23:59
- Deregistration possible until Fr 24.05.2019 23:59
Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
- Students must participate actively in the discussions and read the seminar literature (as well as the handouts written by discussion leaders, as described below) prior to arriving in class for each session.
- Students will work together in groups (usually 2-3 people) to lead one class discussion. They will put together a handout (3-4 pages) for the other students that synthesizes the key themes of the session’s readings, discusses how the day’s readings relate to those themes, consider how these themes relate to previous weeks’ readings, and propose questions to trigger class discussion. They will then begin class with an oral presentation that summarizes their handout and sparks the day’s discussion. The handout should be distributed to the class via Moodle by midnight before the next class.
- Students will write a 3,000 word term paper that approaches innovation critically, using an STS/political lens as taught throughout the course. Students may choose to focus on a particular example of innovation or innovation policy, and will likely need to do some outside research to write a successful paper. It should reach a clear set of conclusions regarding the academic and/or policy-related significance of the paper. The topic of the paper (including the research question, approach, and potential sources) must be agreed with the instructor in advance of the course. The final paper must also include a cover page, table of contents, and full set of references (reference style is up to the student, but must be consistent throughout), and be double-spaced. The paper should be submitted via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by midnight on June 9th.'This course uses the plagiarism-detection service Turnitin for larger assignments.'
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
The grading scheme is based on a total of 100 points. These points will be awarded in relation to students’ performance in meeting the course learning aims in the different obligatory tasks.
The maximum number of points to be acquired for each task is:Participation: 30 points; Assessed individually; Feedback on request;
Handout/Oral presentation: 20 points; Assessed as group work; Feedback on request;
Final paper: 50 points; Assessed individually; Feedback on requestMinimum requirements
A minimum of 50 points is necessary to successfully complete the course. Failure to meet the attendance regulations, to deliver course assignments on time or to adhere to standards of academic work may result in a deduction of points.Grades
100-87 points Excellent (1)
86-75 points Good (2)
74-63 points Satisfactory (3)
62-50 points Sufficient (4)
49-0 points Unsatisfactory (5) (fail)Attendance
Presence and participation is compulsory. Absences of four hours at maximum are tolerated, provided that the lecturer is informed about the absence. Absences of up to eight hours in total may be compensated by either a deduction of grading points or/and extra work agreed with the lecturer. Whether compensation is possible is decided by the lecturer.Absences of more than eight hours in total cannot be compensated. In this case, or if the lecturer does not allow a student to compensate absences of more than four hours, the course cannot 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 lecturer.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 lecturer.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.