233045 SE Living in the "Plastic Age" (2019S)
Using Visual Methods to Explore the Place of Plastics in our Environment
- Registration is open from Fr 01.02.2019 00:01 to We 20.02.2019 23:59
- Deregistration possible until Mo 11.03.2019 23:59
Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
Write a summary of the readings for each class indicated with an * in the course handout; each reading summary should be about 900 words and include a summary of the texts’ main arguments and 2-3 questions that link the readings to the theme of the session. Summaries should be uploaded to the Moodle forum by Friday night? before each session.
- Participate actively in class discussions and group work.
- Prepare and guide the discussion in one of the seminar units.
- Take 5 pictures figuring plastics in your direct environment (e.g. at home, on your way from home to university, ….) with a short description ( approx. 5 lines about place & time, what kind of plastics it shows and why you took the picture); copy the picture into a word document and write the short description below (1 page for each picture + text) and upload the word file(s) to Moodle by 22 March 2019
- Produce regular entries into your personal plastics look-book (will be outlined in detail in class; in short: an image plus 400 words reflection which also refers to reading and discussion in class); you have to hand in 4 times 4 look-book entries (details will be further specified in class); the dates to upload them to Moodle are 8 April 2019, 29 April 2019, 17 May 2019, 14 June 2019 before midnight.
- At the end of the seminar you have to produce your personal plastics look-book: this means ordering the 16 look-book entries you have submitted in the course of the seminar with the aim to create a visual narrative. This should be introduced by a 2000 word essay which summarizes your reflections, using texts we have read and discussions we had in the seminar and a short 500 words conclusion specifying the main take aways. This should be uploaded to Moodle by 8 July 2019.
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 isProduce a final version of the look-book: 35 points, assessed individually, feedback by lecturer;
Preparation for and active participation in seminar units:
15 points, assessed individually,feedback on request;
Preparing of the reading summaries and uploading them on time:
15 points, assessed individually, feedback on request;
Prepare and upload the collection of 5 pictures on time: 5 points,
assessed individually, feedback on request;
Prepare and upload the 4 time 4 entries into the look-book on time:
15 points, assessed individually, feedback on request;
Prepare and moderate the discussion in one seminar unit:
15 points, assessed as group work, feedback on request;Minimum 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.