POLSCI 763: Foundational Scholarship in International Relations

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  1. Course Information
  2. Schedule
  3. Giving Feedback

Course Information

Instructor: Prof. Joseph Grieco

Seminar producing firm grounding for graduate students in several key research programs in the field of International Relations. Examination of foundational books and, in some instances, articles, and follow-on works, representing core elements in International Relations, including international structuralism (realist and liberal), the impact of domestic institutions and world politics, the role of individual group psychology in foreign policy, and recent IR work employing constructivist international theory. Students will write essays on each research tradition with the goal of identifying plausible questions they could pursue in larger research papers.

Student Writing Assignment

What are students writing? [info]
For whom? [info]
Where would such writing typically be found? [info].
Why would someone usually read it? [info]

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Student – Reader Interactions

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Giving Feedback

Giving feedback is the activity around which the entire project is designed. You may have considerable professional experience giving feedback on writing — whether to colleagues, employees, or other contexts — or perhaps this is an fairly novel experience. Given the aims and nature of the Reader Project, we are hoping that our volunteers engage with student writing in a particular way–one that is quite different from what is conventionally done in other contexts.

The primary aim of the project is to help students really understand what it means to write for readers, rather than as a school assignment. Think about the following when you give feedback, whether in writing or in real time:

  • Respond as a reader rather than as an editor. (They can get basic editorial help from others.) Focus on sharing your reactions to the draft as a user of such writing. What are you thinking as you read? More

Instructor’s response questions:




Quality Reader Feedback Example

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