Public:Handout and course structure
This page is created directly out of our printed handout. It explains the general mode of the course.
About the structure of this handout and the course
This handout is structured into two main sections: the course outline (including sources of inspiration for your case studies), and some additional information (e.g. on grading and assessment).
The course outline contains the dates, times, locations and titles as well as a short description for each session so that you know what to expect. It also contains preparatory activities for each session, and suggestions for further materials/topics that you might find interesting.
E-learning: We use a combination of a file repository (for the course materials), a wiki (for information like this handout and session plans) and the online platform padlet (a virtual noticeboard that anyone in the group can post on). Every session has a dedicated padlet link that is provided in the individual session outlines on the following pages. We use Padlet to keep records of our discussions, to collect materials, thoughts and ideas, as well as for required prep activities (see below). By default, posts are anonymous. (If you experience technical or accessibility issues with padlet, we will copy the padlet contents to the wiki after each session.)
By default, information on the wiki will be publicly available, while padlet and the file repository will require specific links that should only be shared inside the course.
Preparation: Most sessions in the outline have a section on ‘required preparation’. We ask you to fulfil the corresponding tasks before the relevant session. To do so, please post reactions, thoughts and questions in relation to the preparatory activities on Padlet (remember to sign your posts with your name in this case). Tasks can include engaging with academic as well as non-academic texts or videos, and also prompts for reflection in relation to your own personal/professional/… environments.
We will post questions concerning the preparatory activities to guide your engagement with these activities at least two weeks before the respective sessions.
Additionally, to get the most out of the preparatory activities as well as in-class discussions, we recommend that you take notes as you engage with the required activities. The following questions can help you think about the preparatory activities:
- What are the most important or interesting thoughts and feelings that I encountered while engaging with the activities?
- Which questions do the activities raise for me?
- What, if anything, is still unclear to me? (Identifying points of confusion is a valid and important contribution to class discussion!)