Guidelines for Seminar and Project

Guidelines for Seminar and Project
Sept 2020
Individual Project

Each student should choose a specific case study project within the broader area and provide a 6 page research proposal by October 10 in word format which provides
• An overview of the topic/ case study
• An identification and summary of the four key actors
• Identification of the key ethical issues involved in the case
• A bibliography of at least 8 sources

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These will be posted to the website on that date. All students will do 5 minute presentations of their proposal on Nov 3 and two other students will be assigned the role to lead the discussion, pose questions for them. All students will be expected to read the proposals of their fellow students and contribute.

At that point we will create a schedule of two/three students per week who will present their full case study (beginning Nov 17) including an overview of the case, an identification of the key ethical issues involved and incorporation of the four different perspectives on the issue. Students should focus their presentation on an overview of the key ethical issue or problem and then on where these groups differ and where they share values. Students are not expected to (but may ) argue a particular perspective or provide a solution, rather the evaluation of the project is tied to how well the project is researched, how fully articulated the different perspectives are and how well the key ethical questions are identified. Remember that you are seeking to create an ethical dialogue on this issue.Fellow students will provide advice, constructive criticism, questions and suggestions which will be incorporated into the final draft ( length 3000 words) due, December 8 . NO EXTENSIONS.

Student should look at some of the following websites and other resources in choosing their project topic and are encouraged to consult with the instructor. The format is flexible. A list of websites (which is not exhaustive) should assist students and students are reminded to make use databases such as Academic Search Complete, Oxford Journals ect which can also be accessed online. The form on Plagiarism which students must sign and return it to the instructor with their final paper to ensure that they understand what plagiarism is and the penalties involved.

Participation grades will be based on a combination of attendance, comments and preparation as follows
Attendance Comment Reading
9-10 Always Excellent: leads debate; offers
original analysis and comments;
always has ideas on theme of
the reading; takes care not to
dominate. Listens to others and reflects on their comments Clearly has done reading and prepared questions on it and intelligently uses this
understanding in the discussion.
Follows fellow students’ presentations closely with incisive comments and questions
8-8.5 Almost Always Very Good: thoughtful
comments for the most part;willing, able and frequent contributor Has done most readings;
provides competent analysis of
reading when prompted.
Has useful comment and questions for presenters
7-7.5 Frequent Good: has basic grasp of key
concepts; arguments are
sporadic and at times
incomplete or poorly supported; Displays familiarity with most
readings, or issues presented but tends not to
analyze them or to relate them
to course material or broader questions.

5-6.5 Occasional Poor: remarks in
class marred by
misunderstandings of key
concepts; often digresses in
unhelpful ways; sporadic Actual knowledge of material is very limited, uses improvised
comments and remarks

Student research proposal presentations and feedback.


Was the case study clearly identified and presented well?
Did it identify and ethical questions?
Were four actors identified?
How well did presenter respond to comments questions posed by students/instructor?
Quality of sources cited.

Assessment of Major Seminar Presentation: Will be based on whether

1. a key ethical question(s) been clearly identified and discussed
2. Are the perspectives of 4 actors identified and explained?
3. Is the material presented in a clear way that the class can follow in terms of its pacing and organization? Is there a creative use of material to engage the audience?
4. Does the presenter respond to comments from the class in a positive way and respond effectively to questions?

Final paper

1. Does the author clearly identify key ethical questions linked to the international political economy?
2. Are the 4 perspectives outlined identified clearly and accurately, reflecting a demonstrated depth of scholarly research and knowledge of the case?
3. Did the author take into account and incorporate comments, criticisms and suggestions made by the instructor and fellow students to improve the project?
4. Is the paper well written or the project communicated in a clear and organized way.

Internet Resources
Global Affairs, Canada

Environment Canada
Parliament (see especially House of Commons, Standing Committee
on Foreign Affairs and International Trade)
United States Trade Representative
United States Congress (includes Library of Congress)

International Governmental Organizations (IGO)
Food and Agricultural Organization
International Labour Organization
International Monetary Fund
International Organization for Migration
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
World Bank
World Health Organization
World Intellectual Property Organization

World Trade organization
United Nations
Additional UN agencies including UNCTAD, UNDP, UNHCR,UN Global Compact and many others.
European Union –external affairs

Non-Governmental Organizations

Council of Canadians
Ecumenical Coalition for Economic Justice
Public Citizen (US includes Global Trade Watch)

Canadian Alliance of Manufacturers and Exporters Canadian
Council of Chief Executives
International Chamber of Commerce,
US Council for International Business
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
European Union employers,


Friends of the Earth International
Greenpeace greenpeace. org
International Institute for Sustainable Development
Sierra Club-Canada
The World Conservation Union
World-Wide Fund for Nature (formerly world wildlife fund)
Behind the label
International Trade Union Confederation


Christian Aid (see also faith/church websites)
See also Action Aid and CAFOD
Focus on the Global South
One World
Oxfam oxfam. org
Third World Network
Global Exchange
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Develop.

Debt/Finance;Corporate Accountability
Above Ground
Drop the Debt (Jubilee 2000)


Via Campesina

FIAN international www.

Human Rights
Amnesty International
Human Rights Watch

Intellectual Property: Genes/Patenting
ETC group
Corporate Watch
The Genetics
Friends of the Earth, UK
MSF (French/Doctors without Borders) access to medicines

Think Tanks
Brookings Institute
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Carnegie council for Ethics in International Relations
C.D. Howe Institute
Centre for Innovation in Global Governance (CIGI)
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Institute for International Economics (US)
Transnational Institute
Institute for Policy Studies www.
Institute for Research in Public Policy (Can)

Major corporations can usually be found by adding the extension com to the name of the firm. Most countries also have websites and links to various government departments. Also there are numerous research institutes and university centres that deal with any or all of these issues.
An excellent site for the ethical perspective on many of these issues is the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs which publishes the journal Ethics and International Affairs Carnage available in our library. See

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