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University of Toronto Mississauga • Department of Geography • FALL 2015

GGR 365H5S Trade and Globalization

 

 Instructor: Pierre Desrochers

 

 Lectures: Monday 3-5PM

 

 Phone: (905) 828-5206

 Office: Davis Building, room 3273

 

 Lecture room: CC 2130

 

 E-mail: pierre.desrochers@utoronto.ca

 

General Guidelines


The University of Toronto Mississauga Library staff has compiled  several links on researching and writing term papers. Look them up:
Writing
The Book Review or Article Critique
Advice on Academic Writing

You are asked to write a 15 page essay or a 15 page review essay on a topic or book of your choice dealing with topics covered in this course. Your choice of book must be approved by the instructor before turning in your review essay proposal.

Here are the detailed guidelines for the relevant step:

Proposal (deadline, October 5)

Term Paper (deadline, November 30, 5 PM)

or

Review Essay (deadline, November 30, 5 PM)

There will be a drop-off box in front of Room Davis 3284.

Penalties for lateness
Note that a change of topic after the proposal has been submitted is possible, but it must be approved by the instructor at least one month before the deadline for the term paper.
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.
Penalties for lateness for either the term paper or review essay will be 10% per calendar day until the last day of the semester.

A few things to keep in mind


What's the point of this?

•To learn more about a topic of your choice
•To develop your writing skills
•To learn to think critically
•To learn the basics of scholarly work

 

Should I write a book review or a term paper?


The choice is yours. Here is my advice:

If you already have some background on one of the topics discussed in class or relevant to this course and like to work in team, a term paper might be more interesting because it gives you the opportunity to focus on a topic of your choice that might be narrower in scope than what you will find in most books. Remember that you are expected to be familiar with all the suggested readings listed on the GGR 365 Website that are relevant to your topic, but that you can use them as primary references.

If you know next to nothing about trade and globalization and took this course because you need some credits to get on with your life, then a book review might be more appropriate. You should be aware, however, that a good review essay is not easier to write than a term paper. You must first read the book and the reviews. I am also expecting you to be familiar with all the relevant suggested readings listed on the GGR 365 Website. Besides, keep in mind that the instructor has studied these topics for a while and might have read the book in the first place.
 

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