Participation: 20% (credit earned every week throughout the semester)
In-class presentation: 20% (choose a book from the book list)
Final paper: 60% (15-page long—excluding bibliography, double-spaced, 12 point-font)
Attendance is not mandatory and you will not receive any credit for merely attending lectures. However, %15 of your final grade will be determined according to your participation during in-class discussions about the assigned readings.
Each student will make an in-class presentation about a book. Each presentation will be 10-minute long. You are encouraged to use power point in your presentation. I will hand out further guidelines about this assignment.
60% your performance in this class will be measured mainly according to the quality of a final paper that will be submitted by the end of the semester. You may write your paper on any diplomatic subject of your choice. The final deadline for this assignment is June 9, 2017. However, writing a paper is a process so this assignment will be performed in multiple steps:
February 23rd, Thursday: Choose a topic of interest before you come to class.
March 1st, Wednesday: Submit a bibliography containing at least 20 journal articles and 10 scholarly books, but you are not required to limit yourself to scholarly articles and books. Research sources can consist of internet entries, books, periodicals, music, art, etc. with full notation. Follow Chicago Manuel of Style when preparing your bibliography. The bibliography may include titles in English, Czech, or any other language. When using sources in languages other than English and German, please provide an English translation of the title.
April 14th, Friday: First draft of your paper is due at 6:00 pm. This draft should contain the research questions that you are dealing with and explain why your questions are important. The draft should clearly outline—in the form of prose, not numbered lists—the relevant themes and topics your paper will examine (concepts, ideas, events, names of persons and/or places etc.). The draft should also contain the results of preliminary literature review (what did scholars argue so far about the issue you are exploring?) may also include rough ideas about probable conclusions of your research. At this stage, your paper should be 5 page-long (excluding bibliography), double-spaced, 12 point-font. May 19th, Friday: Penultimate draft of your paper is due at 6:00 pm. This version of your paper should be 10 page-long (excluding bibliography), double-spaced, 12 point-font. A penultimate draft should have a clear and well-planned structure, properly titled subsections which are formed of complete paragraphs, and a preliminary conclusion. However, a penultimate draft may still have room for the expansion of the narrative with new data.
June 9th, Friday: Final paper is due at 6:00 pm.
Late submission penalty: For every deadline missed, your final average will be lowered 3 points.