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Seminar x: Revision

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Seminar X: Revision
1. Some general information and tips
2. Class Work: Venn Diagram
3. Group work: practice question
4. Any questions?
General Information
The material from the first block may be relevant to an answer you want to give, but there will
not
be a question on anarchy or consent.

You need to revise
: fair play theory, natural duty, democracy, and the scope of democracy.

There is a practice paper available on blackboard.

The exam marker is looking for the following:

1.
Depth:
that the author understands all the concepts and arguments relevant to the topics raised in the question.
2.
Coherence:
the conclusions follow from the arguments and the components of the argument are well-explained.
3.
Critical Thinking
: that the author is able to raise and (respond to) objections.
4.
Originality
: that the author is able to articulate this ow her own insights into the material.
General Tips
When Studying DO NOT:


Write pages of notes.
Bother memorizing quotes.
Focus only on lecture notes.
Use Wikipedia or any other electronic source(except the SEP).
Treat this like a history, economics, biology exam. Your goal is not to memorize as much information as possible

When Answering Questions, DO NOT:

Regurgitate everything you know about the subject.
Criticize the question.
Refuse to take a position.
Discuss something that is irrelevant to the question.
General Tips Cont...
When Studying DO

Focus on the required readings.
Try out the practice paper online.
Study alone AND study in groups.

When Answering Questions, DO:

Read the question carefully.
Pick a clearly defined position.
Do a brief brainstorm / outline of your argument. This will take you5-10 minutes and it is VITAL.
Keep your eye on the time.

Get the marker on your side: write neatly, use complete sentences, spell correctly, write a two sentence introduction and conclusion, state thesis at the start, etc.
Let's practice
Intrinsic
Instrumental
Group Practice Question
Does deliberative democracy draw more support from intrinsic or instrumental reasons?
Any questions?
Does deliberative democracy draw more support from intrinsic or instrumental reasons?
Arguments are like hour glasses.
Thesis
Specific Objections
How Specifics
Support Thesis
Intro
Body
Conclusion
Does deliberative democracy draw more support from intrinsic or instrumental reasons?
Three Stages
1.
Brains
torming

2. Outlining

3. Writing
Four Tools
1. Thesis Statement

2. Objections Against

4. Signposting
Structuring an Essay
1. Intro:
- Thesis Statement.
- Briefly detail essay plan. (3-4 sentences)
2. Outline Your Position
- 1-2 paragraphs (8 sentences max)
- Define Key Terms and Concepts
- Outline the merits of your thesis statement and give 2-3 supporting reasons.
3. Outline Objections to your position:
- Raise objection; respond to Objection.
- Raise objection; respond to objection, etc.
4. Close by restating your positioning and briefly outlining how you've defended it.
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