YORK UNIVERSITYPOLITICAL SCIENCE AS 4909 3.0 Section MLaw, Social Justice and EthicsCapstone CourseWinter 2009Tuesday 2:30 - 5:30 Ray Bazowski SC 203 Office: 131 McLaughlin Office Hours: T 1-2; R; F 1-2 Phone: 736-2100 ext 20273 or by appointment e-mail: [email protected]This course is the capstone course for students with an interest in the area of law, politics and justice. The course is intended to allow students to utilize the skills and insights they have developed during their years at university and to apply these to explore current issues in the area of law, politics and justice. For an electronic version of this outline go to: http://www.arts.yorku.ca/polsci/rbazk/GRADING SCHEMEi Research paper: 45% Topics for the research essay will be distributed in class. Original research projects will be accepted only upon approval of instructor. The essay is due in class May 19.iiClass Presentation: 15% Each student will be expected to present an oral summary and critique of selected readings at least twice throughout the year. Such summary should contain the most salient points of the reading as well as a critical analysis of the argument. A class presentation should last no longer than fifteen minutes. In addition to making an oral presentation, each student will prepare a written critical reflectionupon the material contained in the presentation to be handed in within the following week. iii Weekly Questions: 10% Every student will submit written questions pertaining to one of the weekly readings. The written questions will interrogate the central argument of the reading. Interrogating an argument in this instance means identifying the core proposition or assumption underlying the argument, and identifying problems with the proposition/assumption, or identifying possible research questions prompted by the argument. The weekly question(s) must be submitted to my mailbox or e-mailed to me a full day in advance of the seminar to receive a mark. In each term every student can choose one class for which no “weekly questions” are required.iv Take-home final exam: 30%
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