Islam | Spring 2003
I. Course Description
The aim of this reading-, speaking-, and writing-intensive course is to engage students in ongoing public debates concerning Islam, politics, and the public sphere.All students are required to apply the critical approaches and concepts learned in this course to a final research project on Islam. Your final research project must be directed toward a professional audience and should be of publishable quality. All papers must be presented at International and Global Studies Student Conference, April 30, 2003.
II. Course Requirements

1. Weekly analyses for a total of 8 one-page papers. These analyses should be made available to other students via the Internet ( at least 24 hours prior to each class meeting.

2. Weekly critiques of your peersŐ position papers for a total of 8 one-page papers. Your critiques should be e-mailed to other students

3. Small groups will lead weekly discussions on assigned readings. All students are expected to participate actively in class discussions. Failure to do so will have a detrimental effect on your grade!

4. One short memo-proposal describing your research paper due by February 5, 2002. This should be accompanied by a concise title and a one-page working bibliography identifying both primary and secondary sources.

5. A final research paper directed toward a professional audience other than the course instructor. Students are expected to present their papers in a public conference at the end of semester.

6. A writing portfolio consisting of your weekly summaries, critiques, proposal and bibliography, and the final research paper. The portfolio is due no later than April 23, 2002.

7. Students registered for these courses are also required to participate in at least 4 sessions of the Seminar Series on Religion, Politics and the Public Sphere scheduled for the Spring semester. A short report of these sessions should be sent to

8. Self-Evaluation: You are required to turn in a statement evaluating your work along with the grade that you think is appropriate. Your self-evaluation must be submitted no later than December 3. This type-written statement should include the following: a. the goals you set for yourself in the course;b. the criteria by which you are judging your work;c. a description of the way in which you have achieved your goals;d. the grade you think appropriately rates your performance. >

III. Grades

Grades Students will be evaluated by attendance, quality participation in the course, contribution to the intellectual life of the University, and by the quality of their written work. Percentages will be assigned on this following basis:
1. Weekly summaries/analyses and critiques: 25% 2. Group presentations: 25%
3. Proposal and bibliography: 10%
4. Participation in departmental seminars and public lectures: 10%
4. Research paper and conference presentation: 30%

IV. Required Readings
To see a list of required reading materials for this course please download the corresponding word file.
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