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University of Toronto Mississauga • Department of Geography • Spring 2017

GGR 329H5F: Environment and the Roots of Globalization

 

 Instructor: Pierre Desrochers

 

 Lectures: Thursday 9-11 AM

 

 Phone: (905) 828-5206

 Office: Davis Building, room 3273

 

 Lecture room: IB 235

 

 E-mail: pierre.desrochers@utoronto.ca

 

Your choice of topic or book must be approved by the instructor before turning in your proposal. Those of you who would like to submit a book suggestion are asked to provide a link to the publisher's webpage devoted to the book or, if no such thing exists, to the Amazon or another large bookseller webpage devoted to the book.

Please make sure to keep the marked copy of your proposal. You will need to include it in the appendix of your term paper or review essay.

 

Proposal

For the term paper

The term paper proposal is due on January 26 in hard copy at the beginning of the lecture. 
 
Failure to turn in your proposal at the beginning of class will result in a penalty of 1 point (out of 5). Failure to turn in your proposal immediately once the class has ended will result in a grade of 0.

Submit only one proposal if you are working in teams of 2 or 3 individuals.

• No cover page (but name(s) and student number(s), course number and title)
• 1-2 page(s) (ideally 1 page, or 1 sheet of paper printed on both sides)
• Tentative title (be more explicit rather than less)
• 1-2 paragraph(s) (single spaced) on why you chose the topic
• 5 academic references (including name of the author, title, journal, journal issue, year of publication, pages). You can use suggested readings listed on the GGR 329 Webpage as primary references. Reports from governmental agencies and think tanks are also acceptable, but you must provide me with the link to the relevant webpage.

The GGR 329 Webpage was designed to help you find valuable and credible material on almost any topic related to this course. Please make an effort to look it up, beginning with the suggested readings. You are expected to be familiar with the suggested readings that are directly relevant to your term paper. The point of this is to make sure that you get the basic facts right and are not just parroting some wild and untenable claim from an amateur website.

Template for the Term Paper Proposal

For the review essay

The review essay proposal is due on January 26 in hard copy at the beginning of the lecture.

Failure to turn in your proposal at the beginning of class will result in a penalty of 1 point (out of 5). Failure to turn in your proposal immediately once the class has ended will result in a grade of 0.

Suggested Format for the Review Essay Proposal

Note: You do not need to submit this assignment through Turnitin.com

• No cover page (but name and student number, course number and title) 
• 1-2 page(s) (ideally 1 page, or 1 sheet of paper printed on both sides)
• Book title, author, publisher, year of publications, number of pages. 
• 1-2 paragraph(s) (single spaced) on who the author is, what the book is about and why you chose this particular book.
• 4 book review references (include name of the author, title of the review (if any), journal, journal issue, year of publication, pages). Please make an effort to find good reviews. Short description of a book content posted on a publisher's or a booksellers' Website or reviews posted on personal websites are not acceptable.
• If you are unable to locate 4 book reviews, list the periodical indexes consulted.
 

How do I choose a book for the review essay?

• UofT libraries are among the best in North America. Select a topic and see what's there. 
• Look up the links listed on my Website. 
• You really don't have a clue: Talk to me during my office hours (and don't wait too long)

My advice

• Choose an interesting topic rather than a shorter book 
• Look up more than 1 book before making up your mind 
• Single-authored books are usually more coherent and easier to review 
• It is easier to be critical when you disagree with the author.

Finding acceptable book reviews

Book Reviews - Interdisciplinary Indexes

Read the instructions for each database carefully. The UTL personnel have gone to great length to help facilitate your use of these resources.

Not all indexes provide direct links with the journals in which you will find the book reviews. You might have to go back to the UTL Website and look up the catalogue to find the issue of the journal in which the book review was published.

Slides from Andrew Nicholson's presentation on the art of finding book reviews.

[If nothing else works…

• Regular search engines
• Author's Website (but does he list bad reviews?)
• List the indexes you looked up if you weren't able to locate scholarly reviews
• Talk to me beforehand if your book is too recent]

The GGR 329 Webpage was designed to help you find valuable and credible material on a variety of topics related to this course. You are expected to be familiar with the suggested readings that are directly relevant to your review essay. The point of this is to make sure that you get the basic facts right and are not just parroting some wild and untenable claim from an amateur Website.

Template for the review essay
 

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