1) Question set 1: due Tuesday, May 6 at 1:55pm
Two essay-style questions and complete answers (about 250-500 words each) about one or more of the sessions from the previous week.
2) Essay 1 (at least 1000 words) due Wednesday, May 7 at 8:55am
3) Question set 2: due Monday, May 12 at 9pm
Two essay-style questions and complete answers (about 250-500 words each)--one about the sessions from the previous week, plus one about one of the three site visits to this point.
4) Essay 2 (at least 1000 words) due Wednesday, May 14 at 9pm
5) Question set 3: due Thursday, May 15 at 1:55pm
Two essay-style questions and complete answers (about 250-500 words each) about one or more of the sessions or site visits from this week.
Final exam: The final exam will take place the morning of May 16, from 9am-12pm. It will be a hand-written, essay-style exam, based largely on questions students have written.
Grading of Assignments and Exam: Assignments will comprise 25% of your grade. Each essay counts for 8% of your grade; each question set, 3%. Essays are letter-graded, based on quality and thoughtfulness of content (75%), and writing style (25%). Question sets will be graded on a check, check plus, check minus scheme.
Some essay topic ideas are below, but you may write on any topic you want, provided it is relevant to Latin American economy or business. Please explain in your essay how the topic is relevant, if it is not obvious. Feel free to write on Costa Rica, one other Latin American country, or some set of countries, while striving for some depth. Use class materials, internet resources (try Google scholar, too!—try to read an academic econ or business paper), books, or interviews with local students or people, and cite your sources.
...and she goes on to list 32 ideas that are mainly based around economics (because she's an economics phD candidate, not even in the bschool) and are completely boring. The library here closes at like 8 p.m. There are four computers, and not everyone brought their laptops. We really don't have much free time now that classes have started, maybe an hour between sessions. She told us to use that to write our papers. ... Right.
And I am not busting my ass on 1000-word essays and 500-word responses (two of them) and three assignments per week for things that are only worth like 8% per essay when I get 40% just for showing up to class.
Is she out of her mind? Seriously?