Course Requirements and Workload
This is a graduate seminar. It is readings intensive and requires active participation. Students are expected to think critically and be vocal about their thoughts during seminars.
Continuous Assessment (CA) accounts for 70% of the total grade.
Students are required to submit a case study of a movement or country covered in the module. These case studies will serve as background papers for discussion during the seminars. A preliminary draft of the case study must therefore be uploaded on to the IVLE workbin 24 hours prior to the seminar (by Thursday morning). These case studies should be 5-8 pages long, double-spaced and typed. The final draft of the case study will be submitted to the instructor one week later (following Friday). The case study accounts for 20% of the total CA grade.
Students are also required to make a presentation of their preliminary case study during class. These presentations should not be more then 15 minutes and should cover the broad questions identified by the background paper as well as those raised by the readings. The presentations account for 10% of the overall grade.
Overall class participation – which includes attendance in class, discussion, rebuttals, questions raised in class as well as on the online discussion forum – will account for another 10% of the overall grade.
Finally, students are also required to submit a short research paper on week 13th of the semester. This paper should be approximately 15 pages in length, double-spaced and typed (inclusive of references and footnotes). This short research paper should address the subject matter of political Islam and governance in the contemporary Muslim world. Students are encouraged to narrow down their research topics and submit a brief proposal of what they want to address to the instructor by mid-semester break. The final paper accounts for 30% of the overall grade.
There will be a final examination administered at the end of the semester. This will be a 2-hour closed-book examination although students will be allowed to bring in two sheets of written notes. The final examination accounts for 30% of the overall grade for the module.
Case Study/Background Paper 20%
Final Research Paper 30%
Continuous Assessment 70%