Presentation  Sessions  Evaluation
                         Social Consequences of the Recession  
                                Ivaylo D. Petev - Spring 2013 (Sciences Po Reims)

Due Dates

Wk 3: Choose group
Wk 8: Proposal

Instructions for the Presentation

REQUIREMENT: Present, along with your group members, to the class the basic puzzles/paradoxes and trends that relate to your specific research topic. Note that in the first hour, my lecture will cover the pre-recession context and will give only limited insights on changes during and after the Great Recession (GR hereafter). You should therefore assume that your audience knows nothing about the impact of the GR. Your presentation must therefore focus on the impact of the GR and develop an informative and structured argument around your specific research topic.

TOPICS: choose one of the following research topics:

·    Jobs and Unemployment
    1. Impact on General (Un)Employment
    2. Impact on (Un)Employment Inequality
    3. Impact on Youth (Un)Employment
·    Income, Wealth and Credit
Impact on Income Inequality
    2. Impact on Wealth Inequality
    3. Impact on Consumption & Spending
·    Family, Health, Migration
Impact on Family Structure
    2. Impact on Health Status
    3. Impact on Migration
·    Public Opinion
    1. Impact on Perceptions of Inequality
    2. Impact on Political Attitudes

OBJECTIVE: address the following set of questions:

·    What is the overall impact, if any, of the GR? Compare debates and trends since the start of the GR in 2007.
·    How does the impact differ, if at all, between countries? Focus on OECD countries and mainly on EU countries. Compare debates and trends.
·    What groups, if any, are more affected than others? Discuss any differences between socio-economic groups (e.g., minorities, genders, social classes, education levels, age groups, income groups).

A note to groups 
with projects from the theme "Jobs and Unemployment": the group working on “Impact on General (Un)Employment” should ignore the third question; the group working on “Impact on (Un)Employment Inequality” should focus mainly on the third question and discuss the first and second questions in light of differences between socio-economic groups, that is in light of inequality; the group working on “Impact on Youth (Un)Employment” should focus on the first two questions with regard to youth employment.

SOURCES of information:

        ·  Begin with the research bibliography for your respective theme.
·  If you find the above insufficient, feel free to include additional sources.
·  For building or updating trends, see the following links to data sources:

Here is a suggestion on how to organize your presentation. Note that you are strongly encouraged but (if there is an alternative way that suits your presentation better) in no way obliged to adopt this structure.

1.  Introduction

a.  Identify Puzzle/paradox – this is the main angle around which your presentation develops: each subsequent section should provide part of your answer. Determine the puzzle/paradox based on the relevant readings.

b.  Present the outline - your presentation should follow a simple outline that helps the audience understand the argument.

2.  Section I: What is the overall impact of the GR? – for this and the following sections, use both bullet points and figures/tables to make your points.

3.  Section II: How does the impact differ between countries?

4.  Section III: What groups are more affected than others?

5.  Conclusion – finish your presentation by summarizing your findings.


·  20 minutes of presentation – note that the only way to respect such a time frame is to rehearse your presentation at least once before giving it to the class; note also that every member of your group should participate in the presentation on relatively equal terms.
·  10 minutes of Q&A and discussion – this is the point to clarify and develop your talk based on the questions and feedback from the class. It is an important part of your presentation (and of your grade) and you should handle it accordingly. Respond clearly and succinctly to each question in order to leave enough time for discussion.
·  Prepare slides (e.g., PowerPoint) – remember to bring them on a USB key, make sure that they are readable on a relatively small screen, and simplify them so that they offer the right amount of information for the audience to read as they simultaneously listen to you. Rule of thumb: 3 items, 6 lines per slide; on average, 2 minutes per slide, so around 10 slides for a 20 minute presentation.
·  May use notes – to help you while speaking but never rely on reading your notes.


Does the presentation:

1.  Propose a clear puzzle/paradox in the literature on the specific research topic?
2.  Develop and concretely answer the proposed puzzle/paradox? 
3.  Respect and adequately apply the recommended format?
4.  Engage the audience?

An EXCELLENT presentation (17-20) does well on all four points.

A GOOD presentation (13-16) does well on points 3-4 and less well on points 1-2.

A MEDIOCRE presentation (10-12) does well on points 3-4, and poorly on points 1-2.


·  Your partners, first, and only then the course Hotline:

·  Feedback:  You can send me your slides in advance for feedback and advice. Make sure to give me enough time to read your materials and respond: in other words, before the Friday night preceding the Monday your presentation is due. 

·  Reading lists: under each general research theme, there is an extensive, if incomplete, list of general as well as specific, accessible as well as technical bibliographic references. These should serve you as a gateway to the general debates and trends as well as to the specific topic that you address in your presentation.