Goal: The course is a seminar course. You will get out of the course what you put in.
Work: You will need to choose a set of three themes of your choice. For each theme, you will need to find a set of at least two and up to five papers (I will help as much as I can pointing you in the right direction); you will need to read those papers; you will need to digest them into an annotated bibliography; you will need to turn the central ideas of all the papers into a coherent lecture; and you will need to take notes for the discussions after these presentations.
Reading: You will need to read a fair amount. Reading means working through a text, figuring out the key innovation in the paper, and making up and working through examples that help you understand the innovations.
Writing: You will also need to write a fair amount. Specifically, you will develop an annotated bibliography for each theme that you work on. The annotations will take the form of conference referee reports. Each annotation will consist of approximately two paragraphs: one that summarizes the paper and one that evaluates the significant contributions of the paper from a historical perspective.
Presentation: You will also need to give a presentation on each theme. A presentation should take approximately 40 minutes. Each presentation will be followed by a directed discussion of 15 minutes. The presentation should present a background (where did they start from?) and the essential contributions of each paper in the theme.
To help you prepare the presentation and to help you evaluate the presentations of others, please read the following evaluation sheets:
Pair-researchers and scribes: Everyone will work with a partner. This partner is responsible for two things: (1) helping you prepare the presentation and (2) writing a transcript of the discussion that follows your presentations. It is critical that you arrange for a replacement if you must miss a session well before the meeting.
Grades: The grades will consists of 12 components: one grade per annotated bibliography, two per presentation (presenter and partner), one per scribe session. Both the presenter and the partner will receive a grade for each presentation.
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