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Assignment 4: Participation/Engagement

The final element of the assessment for Europe in the Making is a mark (10% of the total) for the quality of your participation and engagement over the duration of the module as a whole.

 

This mark will be decided by the seminar tutor, but they will award it on the basis of a ‘reflective statement’ of 300-500 words written by students themselves, to be handed in within one week of the final seminar, along with a suggestion of the mark you feel you deserve for your participation and engagement over the course of the year.

 

The mark will be, as usual, one of the points on the university’s 20-point marking scale, and a set of broad descriptors for how marks relate to ‘Seminar Contribution’ is provided here in the Undergraduate Handbook (see here).

 

As with the other elements of assessment for the module, the key element to this is ‘critical reflection’. The intention is to get you to think about your input into the module, to say what you feel you achieved and contributed, and in what ways you did this, as well as to reflect on what you learned and discovered in relation to your own practices and habits of study and oral and written expression. The weekly seminar is the key ‘site’ of learning for this module, so your contribution to the discussions and other collective exercises in the seminars is an important aspect to include. At the same time, this is about more than ‘how much I talked’ or ‘how many questions I asked or answered’. It might also include reflective comments on your reading and preparation, on constructive and effective listening, on effective use of various forms of learning support (lectures, library, online resources); on follow-up activities after a seminar.

 

You will want to make the best, persuasive case for why you deserve the mark you have suggested for yourself. At the same time, since this is a reflective process, do not be afraid to include some mention of what you have learned to do differently, or of aspects of your contribution that you were not entirely happy with, but have sought to address as the module progressed.

 

Although this assessment formally takes place right at the end of the module, it is important that you should from the outset be thinking about your individual learning strategies, and of the contribution you could make, and are making, to the collective work of the seminar group. Seminar tutors will make themselves available around the end of Term 1 to offer interim oral feedback on how they feel you are progressing and contributing, and they are also very happy to talk during office hours at any time of the year.