Instructions

(updated Jan 8, 2014)

Due Dates – On or before:

(See also Learning Hub assignments)

Group A, Post #1: [Dates to be finalized for 2014]

Group B, Post #1:

Group A, Reply #1:

Group B, Reply #1:

Group A, Post #2:

Group B, Post #2:

Group A, Reply #2:

Group B, Reply #2:

There is a 20% point deduction per day for late posts and comments. No penalty (or bonus) for early posts.

General Instructions:

“Sustainable Cities”  requires four short written assignments that collectively account for the written work portion of your grade; there are also several polls due as noted in the Syllabus; and the balance of the grade is based on class participation.

Two written assignments will each be in the form of a blog post of about 500 words (about five paragraphs) on one the topics suggested in the “Topics” page, or on a topic selected by you. If you are confident that your topic relates to our course content, there’s no need to seek our approval—but don’t hesitate to do so if you have any concern.

Format

We will cut and paste into the blog. This means that emails and WORD files are fine.   You should take care on the spelling and grammar since we won’t always be able to check it!  Font choices and footnoting are minimal in this instance of WordPress so take care that those items are not crucial.

We can attach files. If you would like to attach one page of drawings, sketches, spreadsheets (as PDF), photos (one page), that’s fine.

Content

You have a lot of leeway in what to write about.  You might elect to go deeper on deal points in a public private partnership, or expand on an example of a different investment in cities, or offer a more thorough financial analysis of a situation. You might elect to reflect on the balance between vendor enthusiasm and perceived public need in a smart city or transit situation, or you might want to explore the nature of urbanization in a single-party system compared to a representative democracy.  You might want to reflect on a class discussion of a case situation through the lens of your own experience.

We will publish these posts on the public course blog, unless: 1) the student requests that we publish under the name “anonymous” or not publish the post at all; or 2) in our judgment, the post might embarrass a case protagonist, your former employer, etc.
  • With respect to #1, we understand fully if you’d prefer to keep your work private. This poses no problems whatsoever.
  • With respect to #2, please don’t hesitate to criticize the companies we’ve studied or our guest speakers. Let us do any filtering for public consumption. In some cases, we won’t publish a post that might damage a case protagonist’s reputation. In other cases, we know from experience that a guest/protagonist has thick skin and would welcome criticism. We’ll check with outsiders first before publishing anything harsh. Your name won’t be disclosed on posts that we send to outsiders for private review, but if they give the okay to publish, we will put your name on the public post.

Please email your posts to both instructors and our assistant….

Your two other written assignments will take the form of a short response to another student’s post. We don’t have guidelines for comment length; see last year’s posts if you want examples. You’ll be able to post these responses directly on the blog, but we’ll review comments before they are published. So, feel free to be critical in a constructive manner of your classmates’ arguments. We’ll filter anything that crosses the line.

Evaluation

(see comments here)

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