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|Detailed description of content||
The edited book project is designed to provide new opportunities and challenges for student skill development and peer-to-peer learning while bringing a new approach to ‘traditional’ project work and project supervision. In the course students are to form groups and write chapter-projects on a specific theme. Each semester, one or two broad themes will be selected.
Each group is responsible for writing a chapter-project, which will feature in one of the edited volumes containing the contributions from the class cohort. In addition the class collectively writes an introduction, which provides an overview of the topic, the key literature, and the content of the particular edited volume.
Guidance on the use of quantitative methods in projects and theses
If you and your group find quantitative analyses relevant to answer your research question, and your supervisor cannot help, here is an offer of assistance. We offer a workshop where a group of researchers will talk about how to use quantitative data in projects and theses. We will present an overview of publicly available data sets, as well as the your possibilities, if you wish to collect your own data. We expect you to have taken a course in basic quantitative methods (BC 8 or equivalent).
The workshop is held on March 1, 12:15-02:00 pm, in theory room 25.3-005
After the workshop you/your group will have the opportunity to book an appointment with a skilled student, who will help with downloading and preparing data for analysis and interpretation. If you need extra guidance on any particular issue, you will be referred to a relevant researcher. Contact Ditte Stage Kroman (email@example.com) to schedule an appointment.
The edited book project is taught in two separate classes. Each is kick-started with a few lectures which introduce students to the selectec theme. This is followed by a group formation process, where each group chooses a particular angle on their joint theme. Each group writes a chapter in the final product and each group makes its own contribution to a joint introduction for their edited volume.
Two supervisors organise the writing process. The supervisors facilitate 3 half-day workshops, for each book, during the semester. In connection with these workshops, there are fixed deadlines for the draft chapters that the groups are required to submit. The students provide each other with feedback on their drafts, and the supervisors can provide additional feedback and guidance to the groups. The supervisors also prepare short presentations to be held during the 3 workshops. The presentations form the basis for discussion of important aspects of the book project, e.g.: What are the components of a good introduction? How do you compile a multidisciplinary literature review? How should empirical data be presented in a chapter?
|Expected work effort (ECTS-declaration)||
Class teaching: 6 sessions of 5 hours = 30 hours
Project work: 200 hours
Preparation: 152,5 hours
Examination: 22.5 hours
Total: 405 hours
|Course material and Reading list||
|Evaluation- and feedback forms||
The students receive feedback from their peers and from the academic supervisor on their written input to the collective 'introduction' and to the group chapters at the last three workshops.
Students are required to give peer feedback to other students.
Students are required to reflect on their own learning process in a brief reflection paper that will be appended the final submission.
|Head of studies/academic coordinator||
Somdeep Sen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Administration of exams||
ISE Registration & Exams (email@example.com)
|Responsible for the activity|
|Learning outcomes and assessment criteria||
In the edited book project, a group of students write different book chapters on a common theme. A broad theme will be chosen for each semester. The themes vary from semester to semester, but may include:
This project represents an opportunity for the students to write a different kind of academic product/genre, to improve their skill in writing succinctly, concisely and "to-the-point".
|Prerequisites for participation||
It is expected that students have basic knowledge and understanding of international development corresponding to that taught in the Bachelor's programme International Studies.
|Teaching and working methods||
There will be a group formation process and each group chooses a specific angle on the theme, which will be a chapter of the book.
|Type of activity||
|Form of examination||
Oral group exam for the participants in the project
The starting point of the oral exam is the students' project anthology which will contain individual project assignments (chapters). The oral exam is a dialogue between the students and the assessors.
The students shall justify that the project assignment contributes to the theme of the anthology
The assessment is individual and is based on the project and the student´s oral performance.
Permitted group size: 2-5 students.
The character limits of the project are:
For 2 students: 33,600-48,000 characters, including spaces.
For 3 students: 40,800-50,400 characters, including spaces.
For 4 students: 45,600-52,800 characters, including spaces.
For 5 students: 48,000-60,000 characters, including spaces.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, summary, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.
The anthology project must include a summary, that is part of the assessment. The summary can either be written in English or Danish.
Time allowed for exam including time used for assessment for:
2 students 60 minutes.
3 students 75 minutes.
4 students 90 minutes.
5 students 105 minutes.
Spelling and communication skills in the project report are part of the assessment and will count for 5 percent.
Permitted support and preparation materials for the oral exam: all
Assessment: 7-point grading scale
Moderation: Internal co-assessor
|Form of Re-examination||
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam