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
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.
SOURCES of information:
· Begin with the research bibliography for your respective theme.
· If you find the above insufficient, feel free to include additional 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.
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.
ELEMENTS OF EVALUATION:
Does the presentation:
1. Propose a clear puzzle/paradox in the literature on the specific research topic?
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.