Grading review

Class participation 20%

Essay 20%

Political reports 20% 

Group Presentations: 15%

Conference project 25% 

Clarification on the essay: Each student will write two individual essays during the semester. The first paper was due in Sept and addressed gender in international norms. A second (optional) essay, due on Dec. 1, will provide a gender analysis of the Iraq War Logs in three paragraphs. Students can pick which essay will determine their grade.

Final Research Projects- Dec. 17 (25%)

Submitted by Manuela Picq on Tuesday, 11/30/2010, at 9:10 PM

Deadline: Final research projects are due by noon on Friday, Dec. 17.

Format and content: 10 pages to analyze a case-study
Research papers are limited to 10 pages (double-space), and should be equally strong in form as content. Writing well is not accessory, but the best way to develop a clear argument.  The research is not intended to be a compilation of information : it needs to analyze a specific problem. Do not waste pages providing peripheral information, write concisely and eliminate decorative sentences. Ten pages is little space to go in-depth in a research topic, forcing you to be concise.

Research problematic:
The main goal of the final project is to identify and analyze a real question, a problem that does not have immediate answers. Formulating a good research question is the most important part of your work.

If you are writing a paper, the introduction must follow a structure in 3 parts, including:

1) opening catch (to attract the attention of the reader),

2)the identification and statement of the problem (in 2 paragraphs)- this is the spinal cord of your paper;

3) and a brief outline that announces the overall structure of the paper. This is the road map.

If you are not writing a paper, consult with the professor, but keep in mind that you will still need a one page introduction, single space, following this structure.

Bridge case study with class material:
Your research is double-fold: on one front you must collect new information on your specific topic/case-study, and on the other front you must use class materials (concepts, articles, debates) to bridge your specific study with the course. It is important that you establish linkages with the course and situate yourself within the general discussion of the semester for your research not to come out as a stand-alone item.


The bibliography inevitably illustrates the links between course materials  (articles and books) and your own research. You should have at least 10 sources from coursework, and as much from your own research. Wikipedia (and the like) is not an accepted source of information: please do the appropriate follow up research if you find anything useful there. 

Critical analysis:
This is the main goal of your research. The final class conference should be an arena of debate and peer analysis that will allow you to integrate a strong critical dimension in your paper before turning in the final version to the professor. The goal of presenting your research in class is to have your work discussed by colleagues so that you are able to identify analytical weaknesses/gaps to strengthen the final, written version.

Grading and feedback: the above points will be taken into account to grade your paper. An introduction without the proper trio catch, problem, outline will automatically lower the grade. Same for a bibliography that does not count at least 10 sources. Feedback will consist of a paragraph of feedback via email- if you are writing the paper in the context of a larger project (such as a thesis) please email me a note telling what aspects you would like most specific feedback on.

Group presentations 1- Oct 20 (15%)

Submitted by Manuela Picq on Tuesday, 11/30/2010, at 9:03 PM

Bringing sexual crimes to international courts

Content- Group presentations should pick one case in an international court that addressed sexual violence. It can be a case of the International Criminal Court or other ad hoc tribunals. After presenting the basic information of the case,, students should problematize the issue, articulating it within the context of the class. In order to establish clear bridges with the literature, presentations should make an explicit reference to at least 2 class sources.

Email your selected case and the members of your group to the professor ASAP.

Format- Groups of 3 students have 5 min to present their research to the class. Presentations should be spoken (not read) and can (but do not have to) use power point. No written assignment is due.

Grading - The grading will be based on 1) the clarity/ precision of the information presented, 2) the fluidity/ coherence of the presentation (do not read, keep it engaged and accessible), and 3) the bridges established with the class (2 references to previous class readings are required).

Political reports (20%)

Submitted by Manuela Picq on Friday, 10/1/2010, at 5:22 PM

Students are expected to provide two political reports during the semester. Political reports are short essays that link current events to course materials.

Content: each report is to bridge the theoretical material of the day with contemporary politics identified in the global media (every media source is accepted).

Format: the short essay should be composed of two paragraphs. The first paragraph explains the political event chosen, its relevance, and identifies the source. The second paragraph established specific links with the class materials of the day.

Deadline: student can chose when they want to submit their essays. Students are to email their dates to the professor and submit their political reports before class on the  date of their choice. Both reports are due before thanksgiving break.

Essay 1- September 22 (10%)

Submitted by Manuela Picq on Friday, 10/1/2010, at 5:21 PM

“Human Rights and Gender in the U.N.”

The United Nations normative framework has evolved from general human rights to increasingly specific sets of human rights. Women’s rights have gained precision early on, with CEDAW in 1979, expanding across U.N. agencies until gaining prominence in 2010 with the creation of UN Women. Selecting an angle of analysis of your preference, explore the evolution of women’s rights and gender in the U.N. system.


Essays are to be about 3 pages long, double-space. All citation formats are accepted, as far as they are used consistently throughout the paper.

Essays should include an introduction, a conclusion, and a list of references (which can be additional to the 3 pages limit). The introduction must follow a structure in 3 parts: 1) an opening catch (to attract the attention of the reader), 2) the identification of the problem (this is the spinal cord of your essay), and 3) a brief outline mapping the structure of the paper.

First person: some students have asked about the use of the first person in their writing. You should not avoid using the first person, although it can be done with moderation and does not need to appear in every other sentence.

Please email the professor for any additional question.

Essays are due via email prior to class on Sept 22.