Lecture 2 (Wed Nov 3) as well as seminar assignment 3 (Tue-Wed Nov 8-9) will be based on the first part of Benkler's book (chapters 1-4). This part of the book is, truth be told, rather dry and probably the heaviest (most difficult) part of the book.
Each assignment can be regarded as an exam question that will be graded separately. Do note that we will have no final exam or home exam in the course.
Right now, you can find the following documents in Bilda (Documents/Seminar assignments):
- The seminar 3 assignment (instructions)
- The seminar assignment template - download and use it when you write your assignment
- Three examples of good assignments written by students last year (the seminar assignment was almost identical). Read one or read all three to get inspiration and ideas of what kinds of texts are appreciated and rewarded.
Just as last year, seminar assignment texts will be judged/graded based on:
- Quality/uniqueness of ideas (25%)
- Are interesting insights and reflections presented?
- Does the student go beyond repeating what is written in the course literature in an attempt to apply the literature?
- Does the basic premise of the text raise the pulse of the reader?
- Quality of analysis, reflection and execution (25%)
- What is made of the idea presented (above)?
- To define, explain, exemplify and quote is fine. To also be able to analyze and reflect by (for example) identifying, categorizing, relating, differentiating, contrasting, combining, modifying and concluding is even better.
- Are ideas and insights presented in a coherent way, are the steps in the underlying reasoning process logical and clear (or is the text and the reasoning process difficult to understand, are there blanks that need to be filled)?
- (Relevant) use of course literature and other sources (25%)
- Does the text demonstrate that (as a starting point) the course literature has been read and is understood?
- Is the course literature and possibly other sources (including own/personal experiences) integrated and skillfully used in the text?
- Quality of language (25%)
- Does the text flow effortlessly?
- Is the text easy to understand and has few linguistic errors, or does it require effort to understand the language in order to get to the the underlying ideas?
A suggestion is that you download and read the instructions as soon as possible and keep them at hand when you read the literature (Benkler).