08 October 2006

Classes and Workload

These are the classes that I am going to take this year:
  • Theory in Anthropology
  • Ethnography of Southeast Asia (SEA)
  • Theory and Evidence in Contemporary Development
  • Government and Politics of SEA

Everyone of those is worth 1.0 course units and you can't really take more than 4.0 per academic year. Additionally, I will attend tutorials to three of them (Ethnography is already a 2h class, instead of the usual 1h and we're just five people anyway).

How do classes work?

  • At the beginning of each academic year, you get a "course cover sheet" that contains the programme of topics, assessment and coursework information as well as the essential and further readings for each lecture.

  • The reading list consist usually of three titles (book chapters, articles) per subject that you should have read BEFORE the tutorials and ideally, before each lecture. All are accessible through the library, you just have to show up first lest someone else snatches them away from right under your nose.

  • The lectures offer basic inputs, possibility for real discussion is left for the tutorials.

  • In my case, I have to write one ~2500-3000 word essay per term in each subject until the end of the respective term.

  • At the end of the academic year, you will have a written examination in each of your courses. Therefore, the third term is mainly reserved for exam preparation.

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