Take Home Final Exam


THIS EXAM IS OPTIONAL. IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO TAKE IT, YOUR GRADE WILL BE BASED ON THE WORK YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE, PLUS THE RESEARCH PAPER, ALTHOUGH THE RESEARCH PAPER GRADE WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE BEFORE YOU MAKE A DECISION ON THE FINAL.

AT THIS POINT, AS LONG AS YOU SUBMITTED IT, EVERYONE HAS FULL CREDIT FOR THE IN-CLASS PRESENTATIONS, THAT IS A "9" FOR THE COMBINATION OF YOUR PRESENTATIONS.

IF YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE THE FINAL, ONCE YOU SUBMIT IT, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT BACK. IT WILL COUNT TOWARD YOUR GRADE.

EXAM:

Compare and contrast four different countries we have studied. Two of those countries must be Mexico and Saudi Arabia. The other two are up to you. You should draw generously from The Economist Magazine; and, when you can, draw from the "comparative exercises" material at the end of the assigned sections of the textbook. Also be sure to bring in at least two of the in-class presentations, though this time, you cannot use your own, nor can you use a presentation you have already used in a previous exam. (All of the class presentations should be posted by tomorrow, May 2)

This exam is due back Sunday, May 11 by 11:45 pm

Comparative Gov't Grading Rubric

Comprehension 4/

All relevant material must be included in the answer to the essay question.In covering the material it is CRITICAL that you "contextualize" your discussion. This means that you include well chosen quotes and references to your material. This accomplishes several things: 1) it usually demonstrates that you have read the material carefully and that you have worked with it and understood it; and, 2) it makes your essay read in an authoritative and clear fashion. Without sufficient reference to the material your essay will usually be vague, unfocused and unconvincing. In this day and age of the internet and Wikipedia, without generous contextualizing, essays often appear to be little more than paraphrases taken from on-line summaries.

Clarity (including grammar and style) 2/

Material must be explained clearly, and all other points discussed clearly as well. Answers should be free of spelling, grammatical and stylistic errors. This also means that the paper should be formatted appropriately with a standard word processor, preferably, MS Word that provides professional formatting and page numbering. DO NOT simply submit an exam in the context of an email. It will be rejected or harshly penalized. PLease double space the exam. Also, please number each essay separately, but include all essays in one file, sent in one email.

Insight and analysis 3/

It is not enough to simply explain the material clearly--evidence must be offered that the student understands the material at a deeper level than just the superficial description. This should include, for example, a demonstration of the relevance of the material under consideration; the essay should also provide means of analysis: this might be by means of comparison/contrast, as well as a recognition of the weaknesses and strengths of the material. Discussing material on an analytical level also means you can illustrate it with, and apply it to, contemporary issues, debates and questions.

Organization 1/

Material must be presented in a coherent and organized way; all essay questions should be introduced and concluded properly.

TOTAL 10/



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