Geography of Food
GEOG 401 Capstone Course Requirements
1) All assignments must be completed and submitted by midnight before class. Send assignments as word documents. Name the document with your last name, followed by the number and name of the project. The subject heading of your email should be GEOG 401 Assignment.
2) There are two participation grades for the course. The first is participation in class discussions, field trips and group events, and is based on your informed contribution, meaning that you have read the assignments. In-class participation represents 10 percent of the course grade. Students will participate in leading discussion. (The second is participation in the final project -- see below).
3) Assignment #1: Research hypothesis and methods. This assignment has two components. A) Based on class presentations, discussion and background readings, and using our text as a guide, develop what you believe is the research problem/question that we will be examining all semester. Some refer to this as the research hypothesis. Be very clare about what you are stating, and properly support your argument. B) Go through Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography, 2nd ed., Iain Hay, ed., 2005, and identify those research methods from Part 2 that you believe are going to be most important for the research that we will be conducting. Assignment #1 represents 5 percent of the course grade.
As in all essays, you need to support your argument with evidence, develop your argument so that the essay is value-added and works toward a proper conclusion, cite all sources, and include a list of references. How thoughtfully and well you do this reflects your grade.
4) Assignment #2: Background and Literature Surveys. Using appropriate literature search tools (not just Google), put together a set of readings that provide the state of knowledge for the research project that we are conducting in this class. This is a list that will grow, and evolve, and serves as background and places our work in the research world. In the course of your searches, identify and make available contributions to the GEOG 369 Resources Web page. This represents 5 percent of the course.
5) Assignment #3: Research Design and Data Needs? What will our research look like (what are we going to do, what data do we need, and how are we going to get it. This represents 5 percent of the course.
6) Assignment #4: Draft outline of the final project(s). What are the intended outcomes of this semester long research, how will they be presented, and what will they look like. That is, how will the results be transmitted and to whom. This represents 5 percent of the course.
7) Assignment #5: Trip Report. What meaningful and relevent information did you get from the Mexico trip that helps inform our research. What will we use from this experience for the final report. This represents 10 percent of the course.
8) Assignment #6: Conclusions and Recommendations. Supported by our data and findings and based on our analysis what do we conclude and recommend? These represent 10 percent of the course.
9) Final Project. This is the culmination of all of our work, intended to be an application of our research to a pressing regional need and to help inform statewide debates on the issue of immigration. The final project is some sort of public display, intended for the public, that provides them with information and a perspective that helps us understand what immigration means for Wisconsin, with recommendations for how we should proceed. Based on the quality and contribution of the final project (as determined by me) and your participation (as determined by you), The final project represent 50 percent of the course grade .