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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 pair of "historical" themes of your choice. For each theme, you will need to find a set of three to five papers (1960-2005) that introduce and evolve the idea; you will need to read and digest those papers; 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 write an annotated bibliography entry for each of your two themes. A complete entry consists of the bibtex information plus two paragraphs: one that summarizes the paper and one that explains its novelty. (This is approximately the format of a conference review for a paper, though conference reviews should also come with specific suggestions for improving a paper.) Email me the pdf of your annotated bibliography at least one day before your presentation.

Presentation: You will also need to give a presentation on each theme. A presentation should take approximately 70 minutes, leaving 15 minutes for discussion (during and after your presentation). Start the presentation by handing out copies of the annotated bibliography for the theme. Make sure the presentation includes a background/problem description (where did the authors start from?) and an explanation of the essential contributions (what did this paper improve over the previous one? how do they differ?) of each paper.

To help you prepare the presentation, you will work in pairs. Proof-read each others' annotated bibliographies; practice your presentations with each other. Your peers will anonymously evaluate your presentation with the help of the following evaluation sheet:

evaluation sheet (PDF)

Grades: You will get real grades and "PhD grades" (A for average, B for Bad, etc). The real grades will consist of six components: one grade per annotated bibliography; one per presentation; and one grade per bibliography-presentation from your peers.


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